It is always a good moment to reflect on how quickly time passes, especially when comparing how young some of the people in these pictures are compared to today. Famous revolutions and their main benefactors as well as icons of establishment listed here. Also, for more enlightened inspiration, a few writers. Watch these faces carefully, they shaped the world we live in. What do you see in them?
A young Vladimir Putin here. This was taken most likely before he was involved in any serious politics but nonetheless he still has that sly look. Vladimir Putin has been the long standing Russian ruler in the post Soviet era matched only by Dmitry Medvedev. He is a counter-revolutionary and an establishment ruler, preferring solid and strong central government control.
This is a sneaky photo really. Two famous American politicians here. Is JFK blessing the young Bill Clinton on his future career? Clearly Bill Clinton is part of a group but this photo matters more than any other that day. It makes you wonder with all this democracy and elections by the people, how connected all these individuals really are so early in life. Can it be that power is consolidated in the hands of a few elites, established folk who do their best to keep us distracted enough to be apathetic?
You would never guess who this young Russian politician is. I had a hard time guessing myself. The man here is remarkably handsome and genuine. Far from the thoughts that come to mind when thinking about Boris Yeltsin! Its almost sad to consider just how much he had aged from the time of this photo. What was better in the end? Perhaps to remain in good physical condition and happy than being one of Russia’s most recognizable (later in life) faces.
To all who romanticize about revolutions this is a posterboy. He hails from a small island that had big ambitions at one time in history. Fidel Castro had become a sort of mystery man who escaped numerous assassination attempts and America’s desire to make him give up his throne of power. Fidel Castro overthrew the Batista government in Cuba which served strongly American interests. He was widely hailed as a popular leader who nationalized his counties resources and herein caused his biggest nemesis. By taking over assets that belonged to the US the US embargoed the island up until modern days. This had only served to make him a popular figure for all anti-Americans. Castro is a Communist revolutionary.
This is a man of much controversy, but only because his legacy is hard to determine. From this picture here you see an intelligent young man with thoughts heavier than a mid summer day in Massachusetts. But this Argentinian had a lot on his mind in his younger days. Coming from a rich family with all the perks and luxuries Che Guevara felt a responsibility to the masses of poor people living in South America after traveling around the continent. He wrote a famous book called “The Motorcycle Diaries” written about his experience riding his motorcycle cross-countries. He teamed up with Castro to help the first real revolution in the region to achieve its goals in hopes of setting off the firestorm. However, Castro did not need Che anymore and Che ended up going into obscurity fighting useless wars in Africa until his eventual capture and quick execution (or was it death from wounds?).
It makes you wonder if there is a special mojo these people are born with. What is it about many of these politicians faces that makes you think they were feeling a buzz all the time at an early age? Bill Clinton in his greatest moment perhaps. I see a lawyer more than a president here however. And thats exactly the order his career went in.
It may not be hard to see that this man is no politician from the softness of his face and general thoughtfulness. Perhaps one of the biggest names in the West when it comes to Poetry, and if not for a few famous lines that “made all the difference”. Robert Frost is a loved poet and writer for many, and here you can see the early career of a man on a remarkable journey.
You all know who this is. If you can’t seem to muster the memory tank you’re probably the person who only watched the movies where he gets nicked by a bullet in the head. John F. Kennedy was assassinated by who knows who really in a tragic parade in Texas. John F. Kennedy for many people symbolized a leader from the people, and his passing caused him to go into an iconic chapter of US history. JFK had his own mistakes to deal with and crossing paths with the CIA probably did not help. Nonetheless it was Kennedy who made famous the line, “Ask not what your government can do for you, but what you can do for your government.” Sounds like more big government to me. Thanks for the offer John, may you rest in peace as a politician who never really got to finish his purpose.
Russian writer Michael Chekov, more notable in literature circles, and for maybe 2% of you, this photo means a lot.
A human face to one of Russia’s most controversial presidents, the idealist Mikahel Gorbachev is known for nothing else but being the man who dissolved the Soviet Union completely. This resulted in massive poverty and hyper-inflation as well currency flight and separation movements from the Russian Federation. It also saw Russia’s status in the world crumble to a non relevant position until Vladimir Putin is to come to power. Gorbachev had believed in the Communist ideals but understood changes had to happen. He began with reforms in 1985 and expanded them in 1987. But by then no one was looking for expanded reforms, people were already seeing the walls crack and took their chances to turn Gorbachevs weak and mismanaged leadership into an opportunistic moment. Eventually while vacationing Boris Yeltsin would rebel against Gorbachevs position in the Supreme Council and break away from the Soviet Union forming Russia. This left Gorbachev a ruler with no country. He eventually left to live in America leaving the country he dismantled to its own devices. And for that, many people in Russia consider him a traitor to this day.
American conservatives study him like the Bible, a few might even pray to him. What would Reagan do is a serious question nonetheless. His tax cutting measures and staunch anti-government positions gained him wide support from those who saw government as the problem. Because after all, “Government is the problem.” Reagan had many good moments in office and came out on top of his game with a large following post presidency. His legacy will forever remain as the blood of the conservative movement and a horror to the liberal left machine. In fact, I wouldn’t mind seeing an anti-liberal left machine in office at the moment, but now now, I’m getting rather partisan.
This is no simple face. This is no common face. That is no Palestinian headscarf. This man, if you will, hailing from the small mountainous country of Georgia had come to be known as the most brutal dictator in the world, killing more of his own constituents than Hitler could himself. Joseph Stalins kill count is sickening, plain and simple. That no one could contain one individual from mopping a country with the blood of its people is a sad testament to what happens when Communist takeovers under the banner of equality, liberty and justice bring forth their fruits. Many in the West will say that Stalin had nothing to do with Communism. That argument only matters to progressive liberals who have not seen the light of reality. To everyone else Joseph Stalin is a prime example of what Communism is. What do you mean you don’t like gulags?
And if you don’t know who this is, smack yourself….your too far away for me to do it.