From Marxism to Murder
He taught philosophy in the 1960s and ’70s in Ayacucho, Peru, championing Marxist ideas and causes in the classroom that spilled out into real life. Abimael Guzmán would later form Sendero Luminoso, or the Shining Path, and in 1980, he and his group declared war on Peru, its government, and anyone, rich or poor, who stood in their way. Following the steps of China’s Mao Zedong, Guzmán believed in unmitigated violence by any means to create a socialist state. Twenty years of chaos ensued, and 70,000 Peruvians died. Today, eighty-five-year-old Abimael Guzmán sits in a maximum-security prison in Lima, Peru, still callous, still cruel.
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Tracy Pavel is a missionary on deputation to Chile. Connect with her at email@example.com