|Pres. Santos meeting recently with communist leaders. (Photo: El Tiempo)|
|A poster on the National University's campus |
celebrates the communist ELN guerrillas.
But here in Colombia, communism's flame keeps on burning, in seeming contradiction to reality, at least in a few spots.
|Newspapers, including communist ones, |
on sale on a Bogotá sidewalk.
'Worker Revolution' doesn't let
an issue go by without announcing
capitalism's impending collapse.
|Posters on a National University wall |
defend communism's accomplishments.
|Plaza del Che on the National University campus.|
|Plaza Lenin on the National University Campus.|
Communism was a beautiful dream, of course. But nearly everywhere it's been tried it's failed - often horrifically - because it's clashed head on with most humans' laziness, selfishness and self-centeredness.
The persistance of the dream is a testament to either human blindness or faith. I'm not sure whether to feel depressed or inspired.
|Welcome to North Korea: A poster promises democracy and the right to dissent for everybody - except for opponents of the communist regime.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours