This is the second time I’m linking to my buddy Mark Nenadov’s blog All Things Expounded. He has written about Mark Rudd, a former member of the Weather Underground who speaks of his renouncing Che Guevara. As much as Rudd is still a socialist, it’s good to see that some people are willing to own up to the fact that Che was not the wonderful freedom fighter that people like Zach De La Rocha make him out to be.
As an aside, Mark’s blog is a good place for news related to politics and economics among other things. I highly recommend putting him on your blogroll.
For info on why Che ain’t the hero that the new movie starring Benicio Del Toro will make him out to be, check out Reason.tv‘s YouTube video, Killer Chic: Hollywood’s Sick Love Affair With Che Guevara [HT: Bureaucrash]. In it you learn that Che indeed hated the arts and popular culture and did all he could to stamp it out. So Hollywood’s love affair with him seems to be a case of self-mutilation. The best part of the video comes from Paquito D’Rivera, a Grammy winning clarinet player who saw the face of Che’s hatred for art. He says, “Che Guevara is the king of marketing.” Of course, the irony is that Che hated markets. Ha!