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The bad, the bad, and the ugly

A postcard from our friends at Guamá:

The bad, the bad, and the ugly: The three Castro brothers in a photo taken in 1939 at the Jesuit Dolores School in Santiago de Cuba.

4 comments to The bad, the bad, and the ugly

  • Gusano

    Dammed Jesuits!

  • Gallardo

    The bad, the degenerate, and the sponger.

  • asombra

    Anybody who could afford to send three kids to one of the top Catholic schools in Cuba during the Great Depression was obviously well off (note the fancy adult-type footwear on the two older kids), and even though the father of said kids had a very bad business reputation, he was indeed very well off. He was also a former Spanish soldier who had fought against Cuban independence, but I digress. These were the children, legitimacy issues aside, of money and privilege, something Batista definitely was not. They never lacked for anything materially, though the Castro family lacked respectability and class, so it was not considered “gente fina” or high society despite having enough money.

    The point is the Castro brothers were never part of the so-called proletariat like Batista was, and they long relied on daddy’s money, or the money of their wives or other people—until eventually, of course, the whole country became effectively their property. But yeah, Fidel was Robin Hood and shit, according to the indescribably dubious Herbert Matthews as enabled by the perverse New York Times.

    And please, for the maliciously "clueless" Oliphant types out there, save me the excruciatingly tired, trite, disingenuous and ever-so-convenient "batistiano" slurs. I'm not a Batista partisan or apologist; his day was over before mine ever arrived, and for all practical purposes, he made Castro, Inc. possible--which effectively makes him the second worst Cuban ever. Of course, LOTS of other Cubans also made Castro, Inc. possible; it's just that Batista was the requisite catalyst.

  • asombra

    The monster, the overcompensating little nothing, and the slug.