It looks like Fidel Castro is hanging up the cigar and bailing out as the Cuban Supreme Leader after 49 short years as the head of the one-party socialist state. No doubt this will cause sadness in the faculty lounges, editorial board conference rooms, and government offices all across the USA. But fear not, true believers. Although El Jeffe's hobnail boot is being eased back from the throat of the Cuban people, he's not abandoning his fans in the free world. His wise counsel will continue to be available. Excerpt from his resignation letter:
This is not my farewell to you. My only wish is to fight as a soldier in the battle of ideas. I shall continue to write under the heading of "Reflections by comrade Fidel." It will be just another weapon you can count on. Perhaps my voice will be heard. I shall be careful.
From authoritarian despot to .... progressive blogger. Funny, most progressive bloggers I know aspire to the opposite career track. I guess the grass is always greener on the other side of the barbed wire fence.
I'm not sure about the name "Reflections by comrade Fidel" though. It sounds like a water garden landscaping firm in Maplewood. He needs something catchy, something fun, something that will capture the hearts and minds of the children of the revolution without scaring them off. Some possibilities:
The Big Cigar
The Daily Cas(tro)
Blog of the Moderate Left
Sisyphus has more ideas on what Fidel can do with his time off.