I’ve never understood why so many consider this image of Che Guevara a chic and iconic fashion statement . He was a murderer, a tyrant, and, very possibly, a sociopath. Thus far, thankfully, Josef Stalin, Pol Pot, Jeffrey Dahmer, Josef Mengele, and Adolf Hitler have failed to dent the best-dressed list, though Mao Zedong (a repellant and amoral man who was responsible for the deaths of approximately sixty-five million people) enjoys a strange quasi-acceptance among some.
Now, a new television series will apparently seek to make the KGB fashionable. (Maybe I’m too old: I was for this country when the Gulag wasn’t cool.)
My admiration for Hollywood knows no bounds. Truly, its actors, directors, producers, and scriptwriters provide the moral compass of our time. And they went overwhelmingly for Barack Obama. Which may perhaps be one of the reasons that Mr. Obama’s announced measures in the wake of the Newtown massacre — notwithstanding his prior insistence that “everything is on the table” — focus very largely on guns and gun owners and relatively little on the culture of violence fostered by Hollywood and by video games. (Those who “bitterly cling to guns and religion,” as Mr. Obama once described them, mostly voted against him.)