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From the Pen of David Horowitz: October 26, 2009

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Posted on October 26 2009 12:49 am
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More than forty years after the revolution, Cuba’s caudillo was the longest surviving dictator in the world and its economy had slid from being the second richest in Latin America in per capita income to a place as the second poorest, slightly above Haiti and below Honduras and Belize.

In these years, Zeitlin had become a professor of sociology at UCLA, specializing in Chile and writing about its “dominant classes.” In 1997, he spoke at a UCLA symposium on 20th Century utopias, where he returned to the subject of Che Guevara. Thirty years earlier, Guevara had resigned his position in the Cuban dictatorship to take up arms as a revolutionary in Bolivia, where he eventually was killed. His purpose in instigating this guerilla campaign, as he announced in a famous 1967 declaration, was to incite an international civil war, creating “Two, three, … many Vietnams.” Despite the catastrophes of Soviet and Cuban socialism, Zeitlin used the occasion of the UCLA seminar to declare his continuing faith in the Communist cause for which Guevara had died: “Che [Guevara] was above all a revolutionary socialist and a leader of the first socialist revolution in this hemisphere,” Zeitlin told his college audience. “His legacy is embodied in the fact that the Cuban revolution is alive today despite the collapse of the Soviet bloc… No social justice is possible without a vision like Che’s.”

More than 40 years after his confrontation with Che Guevara over the totalitarian future of the Cuban revolution, Zeitlin was celebrating the totalitarian himself as a hero of “social justice” and the socialist future. In other words, despite the bankruptcy and collapse of the Communist bloc, despite the failure of every Marxist program and regime that Guevara had supported, including Cuba’s totalitarian state, despite the opening of the Soviet archives which confirmed the mass murders and economic failures of its Marxist regime, Zeitlin remained – like Hobsbawm, Lerner and an entire generation of New Left radicals — a small “c” communist: a fantasist of the socialist future and a determined opponent of the democratic West. While praising the Communist future, Zeitlin was simultaneously leading the attack on America’s “invasion of Iraq,” blind to the fact that Iraqis were dancing in the streets of Baghdad pulling down the statues of the former dictator and cheering the American troops that had come to liberate them.

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