Monday, August 13, 2007

The Opiate of the Intellectuals

"Revolution is the opiate of the intellectuals." That, if memory serves, is a bit of graffiti from the movie O Lucky Man! (1973)

But Castro lives! If talk is cheap and thoughts are free, actions count. The pen may be mightier than the sword (sometimes); cultural change may be mightier than political revolution; wealth may be more powerful than poverty; but surely mortality is more equalizing than everything else -- in the long run. If we're all on the way out, if we all might want to act accordingly, Castro just wants to outlast the current U.S. administration. He's outlasted Rove, anyway. If he can hang on until 2009, he can smoke another victory cigar.

It's Fidel's birthday, and Alfred Hitchcock's. Inset shot from Topaz (1969).

A bemused Fidel.

Fidel with Malcolm X.

Today's Rune: Defense.

Birthdays: Lucy Stone, Annie Oakley (b. Phoebe Ann Mosey), Alfred Hitchcock, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, Don Ho, Erin Fleming, Feargal Sharkey, Danny Bonaduce, Tom Perrotta, Will Clarke.

Hasta la vista, comrades!


the walking man said...

Ahhh the second of the true war criminals, Rove, leaves office without disgrace, just a footnote in history.

Don't we all desire to (hopefully) outlast this Bush administration but you never know he always could push the button as his last official act ala Hitler to punish the American people for not standing behind his Reich to the bitter end.

Wouldn't mind sharing a cigar with Fidel on the 21st of January 2009.



Charles Gramlich said...

I like that, the opiate of the intellectuals.

Bubs said...

Fidel was always on my list of people I'd love to have a drink with. I always got the feeling he was a man with some regrets about how things turned out.

Johnny Yen said...

Somewhere in my vast troves of books, magazines and papers is a set of photocopied pictures from a golf magazine of Che and Fidel playing gold on a recently-apporiated golf course right after the revolution.

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