I was born in 1959, raised in a Republican household. My father was/is an Ayn Rand Objectivist. Today, I am neither a Republican or an Objectivist, nor am I Marxist or an admirer of Che Guevera. My politics are pragmatic, middle of the road and frankly boring. What I am is a half-assed humorist and a satirist.
The endlessly reproduced photo of Che Guevara is unarguably one of the most iconic images of the 20th century. Some see Guevara as a revolutionary hero. Others see him as a violent terrorist. I see him for what he is today: reduced to wearing a Bart Simpson shirt.
I think New Yorker cartoonist Mathew Diffe’s image is funny. And I think Che wearing a beret with Hammy’s image is a further silly/ironic reductionist absurdity. Think of a one way number line with Che on the left end, Bart in the middle and Hammy on the right end. Doesn’t that feel like we’re headed in the right direction?