Fidel Castro, the last of the beardies, is dead. Most of the communist era leaders had beards (except for Mao who couldn’t grow one). I miss them as I will miss Fidel. They were all true “people’s dictators”. Modern nasties lack colour and charisma; as a result they have fewer followers amongst western college students. These days a beardie smoking a cigar is more likely a hipster emulating a lumberjack than a revolutionary evoking Castro.
Dying at the right time can be good for your career. Just ask Elvis. Fidel hung around a bit too long for his own good. British politician Enoch Powell’s words never rang truer – “all political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure”.
Fidel’s mates knew when to pop off at a happy juncture. Ché left early and left a good looking corpse – ensuring a steady stream of royalties from the sale of T-shirts…Read More