The Marxist Leader Of The Cuban Delegation

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1. Introduction to set the tone: Che Guevara, the Marxist leader of the Cuban delegation, delivered a speech in New York on 1964 before the General Assembly of the United Nations, in which he condemned the transgressions of imperialist US foreign policy. The first three paragraphs of his speech set the stage for a broader message, which exposed the hardships that imperialism had inflicted on Latin America. He did so by first welcoming the leaders of three new nations who, though not Latin American, suffered similar hardships at the hands of US imperialism, and could relate to the Latin American struggle for self-determination.
2. Imperialism: Guevara, like most Marxist-Leninists, despised capitalism because he believed it was a highly oppressive social system. He understood it as merely a precursor to hegemonic imperialism with an end goal of social, economic, and political dominance on a global scale. America, from Guevara’s perspective, was the headquarters of this paradigm. The leaders of several non-aligned nations shared Guevara’s sentiment towards the United States of America because the Americans had gained quite a bit of notoriety in the global community for essentially preying on developing nations by taking advantage of their weaknesses, namely through the exploitation of resources, which generated American capital and usually left nations dependent on American assistance. This form of control, Guevara argued, was a key part to America’s imperialist agenda. One of
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