Extremists are the bane of our existence.
Sadly enough naive people get taken in by their messages marketed by special interests, usually commercial ones craving for a buck. A Republican mouth organ network grandstands crazed Glenn Beck, reeling in ratings and fat profits.
Meanwhile left-wing directors and T-shirt companies hawk images of "heroic" communist gangsters. You've seen those flashy red shirts with the noble face of Comandante Che Guevara. Buttons, too. There was also Steven Soderbergh's "Che," a 2008 biopic that shamelessly lionized this ruthless killer.
We well know about the twisted ideology of the far right. But the far left is guilty of equally obscene promotions. It's just that they seem a bit more problematic to expose. Maybe it's the glamor of the "radical chic" making it harder to resist. The Che Worship merchandise, however, is just as repugnant as those Saint Ronnie Reagan calendars on sale at the local mall.
The biggest point about this is the simple reminder about two wrongs never making the right. In the case of Cuba, nothing justifies communism's murderous excesses and tyranny that followed the demise of murderously excessive right-wing tyrant Fulgencio Batista.
Guevara may have been a brave guerrilla fighter but the glory ended when he joyfully worked overtime as Castro's drooling, hyperactive mass executioner. Notably he was also was an amazing bumbling nitwit when it came time to mismanage the "new & improved" Cuba.
"The cult of Ernesto Che Guevara", observed Slate magazine's Paul Bermen, "is an episode in the moral callousness of our time. Che was a totalitarian. He achieved nothing but disaster....The present-day cult of Che--the t-shirts, the bars, the posters--has succeeded in obscuring this dreadful reality."
I see enduring salutes to this psychopath in places like Facebook and wonder just how many more people will be taken in. Perhaps this report by Libertarian "Reason TV" will disabuse those of the myth.
I fervently disagree with Libertarians and their crackpot notions of "functioning anarchy." But this presentation is dead-on correct, unmasking the preposterous glorification of blood-thirsty despots, Marxist or otherwise.
See if you agree.