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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Пролетарии всех стран, соединяйтесь!

Workers of the World, Unite!

Happy May Day.

Perhaps the most enduring face of International Socialism is our friend Comrade Che. This is the hip side of Socialism. The one all the kids want to join.

Consequently, this is one corner of International Socialism that actually generates a profit margin. For example, you see him on T-Shirts around the world (except perhaps in North Korea ... Don't know about China, but I suspect even they have gotten into the market for Che memorabilia).

Last year I was in a town in the former DDR (East Germany ... look it up if you don't remember it being its own country), and the local tobacco shop had Cuban Cigars in a tin box with the Warhol-stylized image of Che on the cover. The shop was unfortunately closed ... it was May Day and Sunday, so you tell me which one governed here, but I assure you that would never have happened in the USA.

In fact, there is a vast array of Comrade Che merchandise to be had from the comfort of your home or local socialist hangout ... take a look at The Che Store online ... everything for the budding revolutionary. If you look closely, you'll see a section for Che clearance items ... even revolutionaries need to move inventory.

Too bad the real socialists don't have it so easy.


Blogger Maribeth said...

My best friend is from the former DDR. She has taken me all around various parts of the former east. Including one abandoned village that was a Russian only enclave. Abandoned now, with all the buildings looking quite sad with broken windows and graffiti, she explained that soon it would be demolished, as no good German would live there!
On a side note. I made 11 trips into East Berlin before the Wall came down. It was both an education and an experience in what communism really means. I brought my two young teen daughters with me on one trip, and they were totally amazed. A Border Crossing that scared them to death!

12:32 PM, May 01, 2006  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

I saw the movie that was made after him - Che, and loved it! I haven't been up that way but I know a visit would be fun...

6:46 PM, May 01, 2006  
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