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Changing Civilizations Affect Socialist Societies, Too.

“Fidel Castro reached out to Cuban youth, warning that ‘If the young people fail, everything will fail,’ in an acknowledgement that motivating Cubans too young to remember his 1959 revolution is often a struggle. New generations of Cubans have no direct connection to the guerrilla uprising that toppled dictator Fulgencio Batista. Officials say their communist system will nonetheless long survive its founders. But these days, many young Cubans are more interested in access to the Internet, music, television and movies than upholding revolutionary ideals.”


News report, Star Tribune, June 25, 2007, p. A5
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American youth abandoned leftist politics in the 1960s and 1970s under the influence of popular culture. Some memorable tokens of that change would be the following:

From the Beatles' song "Revolution":

"But when you start carryin' pictures of chairman Mao,

you ain't gonna make it with anyone anyhow."

From a popular tee shirt: "I'm a Marxist - Groucho, not Karl." (Groucho Marx was one of the famed Marx brothers who were comedians in silent films. He was later the host of a television show.)

In other words, being angry and political wasn't cool.

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