When I was asked whether I was interested in becoming a Business Day communist, I was obviously intrigued, to say the least. Now that I am a confirmed Business Day columnist, I can admit that the misunderstanding did bring to mind a 1959 conversation between the leaders of the Cuban revolution, Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.

Apparently, Guevara’s 456 days as the Cuban national bank’s president began during a late-night meeting when Castro asked who in the room was a good economist. Half-asleep, Guevara volunteered himself. Castro expressed surprise, saying, “Che, I didn’t know you were a good economist,” to which Guevara exclaimed, “Oh, I thought you asked for a good communist!”..

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