Not that I can afford a Mercedes-Benz…

Posted by: Phineas on January 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

But, after this, slap me if I ever do try to buy one:

“Some colleagues still think that car-sharing borders on communism,” Mercedes-Benz Chairman of the Board of Management Dieter Zetsche said onstage at CES today, speaking about Mercedes’ new CarTogether initiative. “But if that’s the case, viva la revolucion!”

To be sure, a luxury-car maker like Mercedes is not actually promoting communism. But during his CES talk, Zetsche pushed hard on a vision that the company has for a greener future that allows drivers to reduce emissions by using connected and social technology to easily find compatible passengers to share rides with.

Still, it’s odd–and no doubt intended to stir up conversation–to hear a company so inexorably tied to money and lavish lifestyles invoking philosophies like communism. Especially with a picture of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara towering over Zetsche as he talked. Of course, Che’s signature beret sported a Mercedes logo.

What’s next? VW embracing its past as the “People’s Car” and using Hitler in its ad campaigns?

I could go on a rant about stupid people treating murderous tyrants such as Che Guevara as trendy fads (the ubiquitous t-shirts come to mind), but two writers have already done a fine job of showing why this is not only mind-numbingly stupid, but a nauseating insult to Che’s victims. First, Michael Gonzalez at The Huffington Post, quoting Guevara’s own words:

Hatred is the central element of our struggle! Hatred that is intransigent…hatred so violent that it propels a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him violent and cold- blooded killing machine…We reject any peaceful approach. Violence is inevitable. To establish Socialism rivers of blood must flow! The imperialist enemy must feel like a hunted animal wherever he moves. Thus we’ll destroy him! These hyenas are fit only for extermination. We must keep our hatred alive and fan it to paroxysm! The victory of Socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims!

Then Humberto Fontova at Big Peace, who’s often written of Che’s murderous sociopathy:

“When you saw the beaming look on Che’s face as the victims were tied to the stake and blasted apart by the firing squad,” said a former Cuban political prisoner Roberto Martin-Perez, to your humble servant here, “you saw there was something seriously, seriously wrong with Che Guevara.” As commander of the La Cabana execution yard, Che often shattered the skull of the condemned man (or boy) by firing the coup de grace himself. When other duties tore him away from his beloved execution yard, he consoled himself by viewing the slaughter. Che’s second-story office in Havana’s La Cabana prison had a section of wall torn out so he could watch his darling firing-squads at work.

Even as a youth, Ernesto Guevara’s writings revealed a serious mental illness. “My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood. Crazy with fury I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any vencido that falls in my hands!” This passage is from Ernesto Guevara’s famous Motorcycle Diaries, though Robert Redford somehow overlooked it while directing his heart-warming movie.

Guevara was also a rabid racist (see the Gonzalez link) and set in motion plans for a mass terror-bombing of Manhattan in November, 1962, a plot foiled by the FBI.

And this is the figurehead for the new Mercedes-Benz campaign.

Now, I could write something about how this shouldn’t be surprising, because MB is a German company that collaborated with the Nazis, and Naziism was form of Fascism, and Fascism is a product of the Left, as is Communism, so by extension it’s only natural that a Mercedes-Benz executive would feel drawn to Che Guevara, but that would be leaping to conclusions. (1)

It’s much more likely that Herr Zetsche is simply crass, ignorant, and stupid.

But I still wouldn’t buy his cars.

via Dan Mitchell

(1) Perhaps. Maybe.

UPDATE: Fontova on Mercedes-Benz and Che.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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8 Responses to “Not that I can afford a Mercedes-Benz…”


  1. Drew says:

    My S550 is actually a fabulous car. But this is an excuse to trade for the Panamera. Please don’t tell me they have been cavorting with Che, also.

    I’d hate to think I have to go to a Chevy “Blazer”…er, Volt.

    Of course, Government Motors has become aligned with their own Che, eh???

  2. Carlos says:

    Lost in your post, Phineas, is the tie that binds, that being that the “revolution” is inexorably tied to the green movement, since it was to become more “green” that MB is going in that direction.

    Yes, nothing says “green” more than the pile of cash it takes to buy one of their machines.

    And remember, after the revolution only those “more equal” will end up with that great green machine.

  3. Phineas says:

    that being that the “revolution” is inexorably tied to the green movement,

    Very true. Or, as the saying goes, “What do you find when you cut through the Green surface of a watermelon? The Red inside.”

  4. Severian says:

    My friends all drive Porsches I must make amends…

  5. Now you know why I only buy Fords.

  6. Drew the Infidel says:

    It is hard to associate “green” with Mercedes vehicles which have been historically diesel powered. And in deference to The American Dana, I like my ’93 Ford F-150 just fine.

  7. Drew says:

    To all

    Dontvunderestimatebsafety in your buying decsions. Sticker price and gas mileage are important”……………as long as you are not dead.

  8. Carlos says:

    I know crash tests have to be performed before marketing a vehicle, so where was the government when the Volt was unleashed on a mostly unsuspecting public? Playing footsies in the Oval Office, maybe?

    The absolute corruption that has seeped from this administration into all facets of American life is disheartening, disgusting and destined to be thrown out in the coming elections.