Friday, January 20, 2017

on Fidel Castro's passing: it does not look like he gets to RIP

Fidel, RIP? Probably not, unless there was a deathbed conversion. If so, he's found a relatively special place in Hell. Outside of accepting the grace of God, we are judged by our works. It's possible, but seems unlikely that Fidel accepted this Grace-- and does he ever have a big ol' pile of brutal works...

Let's put all of the post-death articles on him in one convenient place:

1.) People saying stupid stuff about him: Justin Trudeau (here, here, and here); a list of Top 5 and Top 10 Worst Statements by world leaders (Trudeau is #1 in both); blurbs from the media; or the Left in general for the past 50 years. 

2.) People eulogizing him properly: Andy Garcia, Abigail Blanco for the Independent Institute, Joe Carter for Acton, Mary Anastasia O'Grady in the WSJ, Carlos Eire in the WP, and this funny, captioned photo.

3.) Linking apologists for Castro-- with various worldviews: four from Matt Welch in Reason; partisans (if you like Castro, why would we listen to your critiques of Trump or anything else) from Cal Thomas; those who imagine his (positive) "accomplishments"; and "his enduring appeal" (by R.R. Reno in FT).

4.) On Castro vs. Coca-Cola-- and Cuba embracing freer enterprise: This IPR piece comparing Castro to Cuban refugee / CEO of Coca-Cola, Roberto Goizueta; and Acton on "The Profit" Marcus Lemonis goes to Cuba.
5.) Finally, two provocative pieces-- the first, more personal and introspective-- by Achy Obejas in the NYT; and the second, by Doug Casey, as some reflections on meeting Castro, being in Cuba, its future and potential for (potentially amazing) investment. 


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