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.

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


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