Sunday, June 24, 2007

When is a Bag not a Bag?

Reading about Cameron Diaz carrying a bag with a Maoist slogan to Peru reminds me of how of how one of my housemates in college was never without his red star hat. Interesting fashion choices.

I'm a big fan of workers' rights, but I'm not a fan of communism, mostly because it is always accompanied by totalitarianism and mass deaths. But for some reason, there's leftist blindness toward this particular aspect of communism. The best exploration of liberal infatuation with communism is Martin Amis's Koba the Dread, in which he analyzes leftist fascination with Joseph Stalin.

  • During the communist insurgency in Peru, 70,000 people were killed during massacres, assassinations, and bombings.
So if Cameron Diaz wonders why everyone is so upset about her bag, that's why. It alludes to the death of 70,000 people.