Friday, August 29, 2008

Communism for Punks

Cretins, many residing in places like Brooklyn or Berkeley, who see resistance to capitalism as the ultimate purpose of punk or other creative impulses — not to mention the ultimate purpose of politicians — would do well to stop for a moment today and remember the plight of Gorki Aguila.  He’s the punk rocker and anti-communist scheduled to stand trial in Cuba today for criticizing the state — and still he pulls no punches in his comments, as you can see in this clip.

Kind of makes a Billy Bragg “heroically” singing about communist revolution in England or an ignorant Rage Against the Machine fan wearing a t-shirt with mass-murderer Che Guevara on it seem like a fucking joke, doesn’t it?

I cannot begin to tell you how happy I would be if this ended up being the day Cuban communism began to fall apart (sandwiched between the U.S.’s two statist political conventions, no less).  Good luck, Mr. Aguila.

(And you can get a t-shirt of that anti-Che symbol, with the slogan “Communism Kills” at


Chad said...

I saw a tool wearing a very fashionable Che shirt today. Not the t-shirt, but a embroidered dress shirt. Made me gag.

Caitlin said...

Do those Che shirts (bags, etc) make you gag? Me too! Here’s a healthy alternative: The Felix shirt. Felix Rodriguez was a key player in the interrogation and assassination of Che, and rumor has it he even stole Che’s Rolex watch.

Happy holiday shopping!

P.S. – this is shameless self-promotion. I made the graphic.