Recently I met someone who, a priory, would probably tick all the boxes necessary to belong in the fold of the Left. I told him so and asked him why he is so obviously and publicly swimming against the effluent of political correctness. He told me: "I was of the Left". "So what happened?" I asked, "I have not changed, but the Left has", he said.
I am not so sure that "the glorified Left' of yesteryear has changed all that much, other than becoming very much the sneeringly cocky default position of the Nietzschean herd.
THE SCHMALTZIFIED PAST:
THE HISTORICAL PAST
"...Che was a totalitarian. He achieved nothing but disaster. Many of the early leaders of the Cuban Revolution favoured a democratic-socialist direction for the new Cuba. But Che was a mainstay of the hard line pro-Soviet faction, and his faction won. Che presided over the Cuban Revolution’s first firing squads. He founded Cuba’s “labor camp” system — the system that was eventually employed to incarcerate gays, dissidents and AIDS victims...."
CHE ABOUT KILLING HIS OWN PEOPLE:
"We must say here something that is a well-known truth and that we have always asserted before the whole world: executions? Yes, we have executed people; we are executing people and shall continue to execute people as long as it is necessary".
(As translated by the UN from the Spanish original: “Nosotros tenemos que decir aquí lo que es una verdad conocida, que hemos expresado siempre ante el mundo: fusilamientos; si, hemos fusilado; fusilamos y seguiremos fusilando mientras sea neoesario.”)
(a precursor of tomorrow's Bin Laden T-shirt?)