by Paul Rackemann: reflections on Che Guevara's pamphlet on the development of cadres, reprinted by the Sons of Kokoda, and distributed by the Australia First Party.
One must remember that military men are in some respects different from
men of peace, and the relationships within a Communist organisation are
in some respects different from the relationships between free members
of a voluntary organisation in a society that is not actually in the
throes of armed conflict.
appears to be looking down on his revolutionary group from above. He
also assumes responsibility for an entire aspect of society that we can
leave alone, i.e. economic production.
As long as we allow the
existence of a stable money system and do not interfere unnecessarily in
the affairs of commercial firms, we can confidently expect them to
provide for the economic wants of our community. That is one enormous
group of cadres we shall not have to train.
He blathers on
about "errors" which are only to be expected when a bunch of soldiers,
ignorant of the principles of economics, and equally ignorant of the
particular technical knowledge of every industry which can only be known
by those actively engaged in it, blithely take command and start
issuing orders. He is also, of course, worried about the inevitable
development of a class of officers or officials who, having acquired
power and some degree of expertise, begin to settle into their positions
and make themselves comfortable.
From what I can recall, Trotsky blathered on about these sorts of "errors" as well.
romantic ideas about the development of cadres, in special schools mind
you, fall down because he and his professors are all working from
mistaken assumptions. He shows a childlike belief in the great modern
god, Education, which will fail like all the other gods, because it
focusses on doctrine and tries to fight reality.
nationalists are not fighting the better aspect of human nature. We are
certainly fighting the craven compulsion to conform to the corrupt
doctrines of a treacherous ruling elite. We are not fighting the
economic instincts of man, which lead to self-interested economic
efforts and the existence of a range of large and small economic units
specialising in various parts of the productive process. We may be
fighting the political power of large economic units, which seek to
create a homogenous, non-white market which they can exploit. We are
certainly fighting the enormous industry of deception, which calls
itself education and the media, and which ties large numbers of rather
silly and dishonest people to a depraved doctrine, which they must pass
on to get their wages.
We may need to "develop cadres," as Che
says, but we don't need to do it in the way he envisages. We mostly
need to develop people with an immunity to the corrupt doctrines of the
Establishment, an ability to think without being frightened by the
programming so thoroughly inculcated by the scum in authority. We don't
need to create superhumans, as Che thinks he
does: we simply need to create free minds. Minds that are free will not
willingly co-operate in their own destruction by the relatives of man.