Romanticizing Ché Guevara

Steven Taylor has an excellent post explaining why the image of Ché Guevara is so appealing. The gist: “he helped successfully overthrow one dictator in Cuba and died working against a military dictatorship in a country were the vast majority was treated as second-class citizens.”

One can admire the spirit of populist revolution and yet still hate Communism and Fidel Castro.

Of course, most people wearing Ché shirts are only vaguely aware of any of the backstory.

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  1. Andy Vance says:

    Of course, most people wearing reading Ché shirts Christopher Hitchens are only vaguely aware of any of the backstory.

  2. spencer says:

    the saqme can be said about many of the people who get all upset about them.

  3. Spencer:

    Quite true.

  4. ICallMasICM says:

    If you overlook the murder of hundreds of people including kids in a day care then Tim McVeigh was an innovative man of action with a populist anti-government message.

  5. James Joyner says:

    Jack: Sure. But he was “fighting” against a democratically elected government in one of the freest societies in world history. Guevara was fighting against two brutal regimes.

  6. ICallMasICM says:

    Lefties are against brutal dictatorships now? No doubt accounting for their overwhelming support for deposing Saddam, fighting the Cold War, defeating the North Vietnamese…………..

  7. anjin-san says:

    Guess Icallem has forgotten how many brutal dictators we climbed in bed with in name of fighting the cold war. Or how Saddam was Rumsfeld’s boy when it suited our needs.

    I guess actually reading history books is just too darned hard for him