Dalrymple has a new essay at Standpoint Online reviewing Fidel & Che: A Revolutionary Friendship by Simon Reid-Henry. (Hat tip: Dave Lull)
There is no stronger proof of the power of marketing to overcome reality than the posthumous reputation of Ernesto “Che” Guevara. At a time when the death penalty was increasingly regarded as a barbarous relic of a bygone age, an enthusiastic mass-executioner – after only the most summary of trials – came to represent youthful rebellion. His puerile economic theories self-evidently entailed the most absolute form of tyranny, yet Guevara came to represent the free spirit itself – complete with wind through the hair – for the flower-power generation and all its progeny.