I would argue that its nostalgia for something that was around before those backpackers and college students you speak of where around. The theory is still seductive, and like the popular support that soviet Russia enjoyed in the 30's, is based on a lack of understanding of what the truth is, Che is nothing more than a campbells soup can.
matt weston - March 3, 2008
Travelling around the world over the past year I've experience how much the communistic ideas of egality are still alive. Mainly among those who never actually saw it "live". I therefore agree with matt that communism is much more than only a brand. Sadly, as I come from Eastern Europe and have been unlucky to experience all the downsides of these splendid (on paper) ideas.
aga paca - March 3, 2008
The US showcases its economic and military power just as much, if not more, than any supposed communist nation. I think America's nationalism and consumerism is more of a threat than any dying communist state.
Mike Lenhart, Partner, Creative Core - March 3, 2008
Brand communnism is certainly on a decline. Post the russian experience and recently the north korean sufferings which came to light after it opened its doors to the world, communism has got a big dent. The rising power of china as a Capitalist communist state has shown that communism too has evolved over the years with changing times. It remains to be seen whether it can grow on its recent strengths or die a martyrs death at the hands of capitalism
Jaygopal, Group Account Director, Perceptgulffz - March 3, 2008
there are three states in India where communists still rule, through a process of democratic elections. In Kerala, they come and go every alternate elections. In West bengal, they have an iron grip on power since 1977, and have thoroughly, compleatly destroyed what was once India's business capital. Tripura, the third state under communist rule, is one of the most backward and forgotten states of the country. It survives on human trafficking and smuggling.