By David Michael Newstead.

In honor of May Day, I wanted to commemorate the long and well-established tradition of facial hair in left-wing politics. Among the beards and moustaches in question, some belonged to tyrants and revolutionaries, while others graced the chins of dissidents, democratically-elected leaders, and a few historical figures that occupy the gray space between good and bad.

Karl_Marx_1Karl Marx

Edward-SnowdenEdward Snowden

GORE APPLAUDS DURING POLITICAL DINNER INTRODUCTIONS IN IOWAAl Gore

Trotsky (2)Leon Trotsky

CheChe Guevara

99d/46/huty/14009/46Joseph Stalin

castroFidel Castro

vladimir-lenin,-crowd,-communism-171818Vladimir Lenin

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHippie

Beatnik15 b&wBeatnik

beatles-moustaches-3-resizedThe Beatles

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Patrice Lumumba

thomas-sankara

Thomas Sankara

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Jerry Rawlings

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Nelson Mandela

LulaLuiz Inácio Lula da Silva

mujica-gamba.cl_José Mujica

Emiliano_Zapata4Emiliano Zapata

Nicolas MaduroNicolas Maduro

ho-chi-minh

Ho Chi Minh

Neil AbercrombieNeil Abercrombie

Bill-Clinton-and-Hillary-ClintonBill Clinton

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