(In)Fidel Castro

Since his death last week, there has been no shortage of fawning news articles about Fidel Castro.  (And no, these weren’t Cuban news articles. They were American).   I had the distinct displeasure of reading two of them recently.  One opened by calling Castro a fiery apostle of revolution.  The other went on and on…

Wanted: A Few Good Idiots

The Idiot is a book by Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky (b. 1821, d. 1881). The story begins with Prince Myshkin returning to St. Petersburg from Switzerland. Myshkin convalesced there because of fragile health. Having recovered, he hopes to go on with life as peacefully as possible. But on re-entering Russian society, he finds a socio-political clash….