Che Guevara, Violence, and Double Standards
The New York Times has this weekly magazine for high school students called New York Times Upfront. Their 10 December 2007 issue featured the following on the cover:
The line reads, “Che Guevara was a ruthless revolutionary who executed hundreds SO WHY IS HE ON YOUR SHIRT?”
But their 19 February 2007 issue featured the following cover:
Okay, so lets add up the number of people Che killed, and compare them to the number of people the American presidents killed or ordered to be killed.
George W. Bush could win all by himself.
This stuff satirizes itself.
A couple of years ago I heard a neoliberal economist suggest that liberal democracies with free-market economies engage in fewer wars than other types of regimes. My response was incredulous. That could be true only if you define “war” in an incredibly narrow way that excludes all of the “police actions” and the “proxy wars” fought in places like Afghanistan.
Richard King rightly points out in one of his essays on “religious violence” that it is not “religions” that were violent in the 20th century. On the contrary, the greatest number of deaths were produced by first-world nation-states.