By H. Yaffe
Che Guevara is still an iconic determine, 4 many years after his dying. but his most important contribution - his paintings as a member of the Cuban govt - is never mentioned. This ebook explores his influence on Cuba's economic system, via interesting new archival fabric and interviews.
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The banking trade union had been among the most radical in the struggle against Batista, but it had represented the clerks and administrators, not economists and directors. It was different at the management level, as Jiménez testiﬁed: ﬁ ‘There was an enormous emigration. I had colleagues that invited me to go to Venezuela where I would be paid double. Most of the management personnel left. ’45 A rare photo of Guevara in the NBC shows him comfortably poised in his green fatigues, apparently listening intently to one of four men sitting close to him and smiling in their suits and ties.
The budget duly allocated, it was the administrator in each workplace – often these inexperienced young workers and peasants – who was responsible for ensuring the funds were applied as planned, because once spent they could not get credit from the bank, other enterprises, or from the Department of Industrialisation itself. The ﬁnancial discipline demanded was a sharp learning curve for the new administrators. Harry Villegas, a squad leader in Guevara’s Rebel Army column and his bodyguard and housemate throughout 1959, recalled his experience as intervening administrator in a mixed Cuban-Mexican enterprise which sold insulators and tiles: I had read in a student’s thesis about the possibility of making homogenous glazed earthenware, so I tried to make it with Coca-Cola bottles.