Magazine July 6, 2009, Issue

Undies, Comrade?

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The problem of products bearing Communist symbols

Couple of weeks ago, I got a letter from a reader in Santa Monica who wanted to complain about Leninade. This is a drink — a lemonade soda — whose bottle is dressed up Soviet-style: hammer and sickle, red star, etc. Why was this lady sounding off to me? She knew that I write rather a lot about Communist kitsch, and the use of Communist symbols. I have had a particular sideline in Che Guevara — the T-shirts and the other paraphernalia. In fact, our reader, at the end of her note, lamented that “there are quite a few apartment

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