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"Why should some people walk barefoot, so that others can travel in luxurious cars? Why should some live for thirty-five years, so that others can live for seventy years? Why should some be miserably poor, so that others can be hugely rich? I speak on behalf of the children in the world who do not have a piece of bread. I speak on the behalf of the sick who have no medicine, of those whose rights to life and human dignity have been denied."— Fidel Castro’s message to the UN General Assembly, 1979
Happy Birthday Friedrich Engels, co-founder of scientific socialism, alongside Karl Marx, born on this day, 28th November 1820.
|—||Grave side speech by Frederick Engels. Highgate Cemetery, 17th March 1883. (via soviet-boy)|
“The blacks, those magnificent examples of the African race who have maintained their racial purity thanks to their lack of an affinity with bathing, have seen their territory invaded by a new kind of slave: the Portuguese.”
“The black is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving, which has pursued him as far as this corner of America and drives him to advance himself, even independently of his own individual aspirations.”
"Those who kill their own children and discriminate daily against them because of the color of their skin; those who let the murderers of blacks remain free, protecting them, and furthermore punishing the black population because they demand their legitimate rights as free men — how can those who do this consider themselves guardians of freedom?"
The previous quotes were from Che as a young man. Later he realized how wrong he was, and changed his ways. To mention just one example, he fought for racially integrated schools in Cuba years before they were.
96 years ago today the October Revolution, arguably the most important event of the 20th century, began in St. Petersburg, Russia.