If you were to ask a far-left individual whether they are tolerant or not, you’d no doubt receive a defiant answer asserting that they are. In fact, those on the left seem increasingly obsessed with proving just how accepting they can be of essentially everything, to the point where social justice has long ago delved into the absurd. One glance at the ever-growing LGBT moniker, including in the inclusion of “two-spirit,” offers plenty of proof of that.
Yet, in the midst of all that tolerance remains a staggering disconnect, and that’s the left’s love for Che Guevara and other communist figures. Today marks the 54th anniversary of his execution at the hands of Bolivian authorities, and the celebration of his life commenced. Here’s one example from a fairly large account.
Che Guevara was executed OTD in Bolivia 54 years ago. He fought and died for the liberation of the oppressed and exploited and inspired millions around the world doing so.
"If you with tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine."
Che Guevara pic.twitter.com/VSmzVxoNXn
— Friendly Neighborhood Comrade (@SpiritofLenin) October 9, 2021
Walk onto any major university campus and you’ll see t-shirts emblazoned with Guevara’s now-iconic face. Mention his atrocities, though, and you’ll quickly get defensiveness and push-back. When I noted Guevara’s history in response to the above tweet, I was attacked for working at RedState and accused of liking murderous, racist homophobes myself — despite the fact that I was denouncing one. I suppose it was some kind of weak attempt to claim that Republicans are the equivalent of Guevara? Who knows, but the deflection is the point. Those on the left who idolize Guevara are too cowardly to face who the man actually was, so they simply attack others who point it out.
Yet, they can’t run from the hypocrisy they are practicing. They can’t claim to care about transgender rights, while at the same time praising a man who murdered people for being gay. They can’t trash capitalism as evil, while at the same time idolizing communists who committed horrific crimes against humanity. There’s no way to square that circle.
But the those on the far-left, for all their supposed progressive ideology and tolerance, will always default to their roots, and those roots will always be an affinity for communism. It doesn’t matter that Guevara literally murdered black people simply for existing, something your modern social justice warrior would find highly objectionable. Guevara is forgiven because he espoused the right ideology, and Marxism ultimately triumphs on top of the left-wing hierarchy of right and wrong. That’s why you get such constant obfuscation from the evils of the Soviet Union, whenever communism vs. capitalism comes up as a topic of discussion.
Here’s the thing. For all the accusations thrown at the right about being “fascists,” those on the right sure do seem to hate authoritarianism, including fascism. But when it comes to communism and the left, the love affair endures. There’s something really weird and inconsistent about that. The fact that it’s accepted in mainstream society to have admiration for figures like Guevara and Vladimir Lenin while normal people are canceled for making bad jokes, is also just disturbing. Perhaps people ought to get their priorities straight?