Foco Theory

Discipline: Political Science

Theory of revolution associated with the Cuban guerrilla leader and politician Che Guevara (1928-1967).

It is not necessary to wait until revolutionary conditions have developed, since a dedicated small group can ignite a revolution, thus creating both the uprising and the conditions which make it possible.

Foco theory thus goes further than either detonator theory or Leninism in its reliance on revolutionary elitism.

Source:
Roger Scruton, A Dictionary of Political Thought (London, 1982)

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