Commies Aren't Cool
One little commie sitting by a tree,
Hanging by their necks the bourgeoisie.
First comes the power,
Then comes the corruption,
Then comes the commies with the body bags.
The only good commie is a dead commie. Or a commie promoter making money on t-shirts.
Che's rock star status will probably be fleeting. Just ask Motley Crue. But long after Jay-Z stops rapping, "I'm like Che Guevara with bling on," Che will retain the exalted position he has held since the Vietnam War as a symbol of peace and justice. And that is a problem.
Ryan Clancey tackles the current trend of Che promotion. By Hollywood. By Leftists. And, not ironically at all, by capitalists.
For those who sell Che merchandise, this history is beside the point. Yakov Grinberg, a 20-year-old clerk at Freaks, a shop in Manhattan's trendy East Village, freely concedes: "Most of these people obviously have no idea what they're wearing."
The money quote:
Most historians agree upon one fact, however, that can shape our understanding of Che. He was a loser. Big time. I'm talking McGovern in '72, Saddam in '91 and the Chicago Cubs every year since '08.
Che fomented unrest in Argentina, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Haiti, Panama and the African Congo, and every expedition was an abject failure. His single enduring political achievement, Cuba, is not even threatening enough to make the Axis of Evil.
Go check it out.