Friday, February 22, 2008

Fidel Castro Given "Das Kapital" to Read in Prison


The Guardian [UK]
22 February 2008

Fidel Castro and the effectiveness of prison

Sean Clarke

Reading today's Guardian lead story, that Jack Straw has asked magistrates to send fewer people to prison, I was reminded of an old - possibly apocryphal - story about Fidel Castro.

Castro was imprisoned in 1953 for a failed revolutionary attack on the barracks of Moncada in Santiago de Cuba, by which he hoped to bring down the US-friendly government of Fulgencio Batista. The story goes that while in prison, one of his less enlightened jailers decided that the commie prisoner needed a crash course in the values of capitalism, and gave him a book to read in his cell. The book was Das Kapital.

Apologies for the lack of reference - the story's remembered from history books[.] [...]