The free-market system is not perfect. It is, however, remarkable. It is self-regulating and geared towards rewarding the ambitious and the smart. Socialism, Marxism, communism and a variety of other collectivist ideas, in comparison, do the inverse; they reward the weakest elements of society and punish the ambitious.
With that in mind, it is little surprise to see that a communist-themed restaurant on the campus of the University of California- San Diego will require a bailout if they are to remain afloat.
The restaurant, the “Che Café,” has, for 34 years, served as an homage to Che Guevara, a murderous Cuban revolutionary and devout communist.
The student-run vegan co-op boasts of “exorbitantly low” prices and claims to operate as a “collective.” The restaurant and concert venue has cost the student body roughly $1 million over the years and without a bailout, they will have to close the doors of the failed communist restaurant.
The restaurant has not kept up with fire codes and needs an infusion of cash to correct the violations.
School Chancellor Pradeep Khosla has committed the school to paying for a new fire suppression sprinkler system, a fire alarm pull system, tempered windows, and a “travel/exit path evaluation.”
There is some sort of irony to be seen here, however. The communist “collective” is endangered by costly governmental regulations. While few can argue with basic fire safety standards, the amount of regulations and codes needed to successfully run a brick-and-mortar business is precisely the kind of burden that disincentivizes the creation and sustainment of small businesses. It seems even the Commies are getting crushed under the weight of the kind of big-government for which they advocate.
The school is currently investigating how to conduct the repairs and students on both sides appear passionate about the issue. While some celebrate the history of the restaurant as a model for “collective” work, the shortcomings of the model appear evident to others.
Amanda Fitzmorris, chairwoman of the College Republicans at UCSD noted that the café “celebrates a dictator who enforced a murderous totalitarian police state that clamped down on free expression.”
In a so-called “free speech zone” on campus, her group spray-painted an infamous Guevara quote to educate about his legacy: “To execute a man we don’t need proof of his guilt.”
It always amazed me. I attended a remarkably-liberal university and each and every year, the street fair would come and set up on 13th Ave. They sold trinkets and neat hippy items, but invariably, each and every year, I would see countless freshmen scurry-off with their new Che Guevara posters, tee shirts and various other pieces of commercial memorabilia adorning the image of the devout communist and murderous thug.
One year, I uttered to a friend who had purchased such trash and told him, “You know, if Che was here, he’d hate you and might actually want to kill you.” He appeared confused and we moved-on in the conversation as it was clear that the acquaintance had no idea who Che was or what he was about. He was just a heroic figure with a neat photo. With this kind of thought process, I did not have to ask who he had voted for in 2008; it was clear that the idea of “hope” was more important than substantive thought.
In all reality, Che was a murderous thug who abhorred the free-market system that allows for his image to be commercialized and sold through capitalist endeavors- the antithesis of what Che fought against.
Further, the man was a bloodthirsty murderer who killed in the pursuit of a radical social agenda.
Charlie Manson went to jail for his complicity in murders dedicated to the promotion of a radical social agenda but Che is immortalized in dorm rooms around the world. Strange…