Resident "Commie" at Back Seat Towers, Diana Pérez García reveals the depth of her attachment to the creed of Mao and Stalin:
I had just finished ironing my Mao tunics and was about to open my Koba scrapbook when Mr. Diana walked into the room in a frenzy. ‘You should check what Frank McGahon is writing about you in his blog. You are gonna like it! He says that you brazenly endorse the creed of Mao and Stalin. Aren’t you happy that he understands you so well?’ ‘Yes. I replied, I am delighted that somebody has finally understood that my politics revolve around the justification of genocidal paranoid psychopaths whose murderous efforts contributed in so fine a manner to the goals of our collectivist repressive ideals.’ ‘In fact,’ I continued, ‘as a gesture of good will, I have decided to remove his name from my black list of enemies of the State. So that he will be spared from the Gulag when my efforts to turn this country’s regime into a totalitarian dictatorship of the people come to fruition.’
Or was it her evil twin sister Nadia Pérez García? Seems I might have uttered a dread "incorrect opinion" in ascribing a communist viewpoint to "Señora Dick".
So, for the record once more: I do not regard Stalin or Mao as anything other than murderous genocidal tyrants, nor have I ever sought to justify their crimes, nor the totalitarian regimes that enabled them to commit them. I have never written anything to indicate the contrary. Furthermore, I resent anybody flippantly suggesting that I would take such a callous view of their crimes against humanity
In my defence, I was utterly serious, and not at all flippant, in decrying Diana's supposed dedication to Communism. It might have been presumptive of me but hardly unreasonable to infer this from her frequent use of the word "Commie"* in describing herself and her implication that she voted for the communist party in the spanish election. If I was mistaken I offer her my apology.
My larger point, made in the original post stands, regardless of whether Diana is sympathetic to communism. It is undeniably the case that the (correct) social stigma and taboo which applies to the self-described fascist regrettably doesn't apply to the self-described communist. The latter will, at worse, be regarded as a misguided idealist.
Diana wonders why I allowed a mention of Pinochet by Tony Allwright to pass without comment. Perhaps it was because I agree with his use of Pinochet to contrast with Castro. It might seem crass to note any positive consequences of Pinochet's rule but the salient difference between Pinochet and Castro is that while both men were tyrants and viciously repressed dissent, Castro also managed to beggar his country in the process and remains in power. The observation that, by any measure, Castro is a worse tyrant than Pinochet is not the same thing as a defence of Pinochet - It is cold comfort to Zimbabweans tyrannised by Mugabe to consider that Zimbabwe is "not as bad as" North Korea - and it is true that Pinochet is almost universally reviled while Castro remains lionised by a considerable proportion of people.
In any case, the point is moot, there is little popular sympathy abroad for ageing fascist retired dictators. I don't recall ever seeing T-shirts featuring Pinochet's mug. It would be unthinkable for an Argentine-themed restaurant to open with the name "Los Generales". Yet Dublin features a restaurant called "Mao" and Che Guevera's face is a common sight on Irish streets. My complaint is that there ought to be more opprobrium** directed at communists and those who perpetuate communist imagery, not that there be less opprobrium directed at their fringe fascist counterparts.
* Diana maintains that this was in jest, analogous to her use of the word "Spic", but while "Spic" is a derogatory word used to describe Hispanic individuals, "Commie" tends to apply to communists only. Derogatory terms more commonly used for the non-communist, common or garden, leftist would be "Pinko", "Loonie Leftie" or "Useful idiot".
** Note: non-governmental, social opprobrium only. I don't support any restrictions on freedom of speech and expression.