andrew pendakis

09/05/2014

Interestingly, this admiration for the deeds of the amoral great is often popularly reserved for famous (de-politicized) generals like Napoleon or Frederick the Great, or even—laughably—Hitler, but conspicuously disappears in the context of Left figures with similarly monumental profiles. I want to emphatically reject such gestures by which all of the exigent, risky ingenuity exercised in any one of a thousand global Sierra Maestras is negated under the monotonous insignia of failure. The bracketing of these figures as violent extremists, or as blind idealists, as dead revolutionary machines entirely erases the intense existential weight and grandeur of their lives (to say nothing of the health care or improved living standards often left in their wake).

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