In this seminal exploration of Che Guevara's contributions to Marxist thinking, Michael Loewy traces Che's ideas about Marxism both as they related to Latin America and to more general philosophical, political, and economic issues. Now revised and updated, this edition includes a chapter on Guevara's search for a new paradigm of socialism and a substantive essay by Peter McLaren on Che's continued relevance today. This book eloquently captures his views on humanity, his contributions to the theory of revolutionary warfare, and his ideas about society's transition to socialism, offering a cohesive, nuanced introduction to the range of Guevara's thought.
Michael Loewy is research director emeritus in sociology at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and guest lecturer at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. His many publications include The War of Gods: Religion and Politics in Latin America.
Foreword: The Future of the Past Introduction: Che's Theoretical Contribution Part I: Che's Philosophy Chapter 1: Che and Marxism Chapter 2: The Revolution is Made by Men Chapter 3: The New Man Chapter 4: Humanist Values Part II: Che's Economic Ideas Chapter 5: Productive Forces and Production Relations Chapter 6: The Law of Value and Socialist Planning Chapter 7: The Budgetary System of Finance Chapter 8: Material and Moral Incentives Chapter 9: Voluntary Labor and Communism Part III: Revolutionary Warfare Chapter 10: Sociology of the Revolution Chapter 11: Guerilla Warfare Chapter 12: The General Strike Chapter 13: The World Revolution Conclusion: Guevarism Today Appendix A: Che's Reading Appendix B: "Neither Imitation nor Copy"-Che Guevara in Search of a New Socialism Selected Bibliography