By Rich Kozlovich
As I have noted in past posts, the Hollywood crowd was once filled with Stalinists such as Dashiell Hammett and Lillian Hellman; not just communists, but Stalinists. During the Congressional hearings regarding Hollywood and its infiltration by communists there were many who refused to testify. They have now been lionized by the current Hollywood leftists, and those who did testify have been demonized by them.
In the real world there were many who found arguments supporting communism appealing, and as a result there were a great many people who had a bout of what became known as the "Red Measles”. Times were hard during the Great Depression and that kind of reaction, especially among the young and passionate, can be understood and excused. However, as soon as they began to realize what the Communist party really was in America they abandoned it. Those who remained weren’t just subscribers to a different political philosophy as the Hollywood crowd would have you believe. Those who remained were Stalinists agents supporting the Soviet Union! Those who remained were traitors.
They are no longer Stalinists in support of the Soviet Union, but they are still just as destructive as they ever were. Many wonder at Sean Penn’s public pronouncements. His father was Leo Penn, a communist who was blacklisted after WWII, and then later embraced by the new Hollywood left.
Since the release of the VENONA intercepts in 1995 we now know that the number of communists who were actually Soviet agents were quite large. Those who remained in the party were required to be agents. Those who left had to know this.
So, as you read this you won’t have to wonder at why these people take the positions they do. It has been foundational to much of the Hollywood crowd since its beginning.
(Editor's Note: Please follow the link to the VENONA intercepts. It is enlightening. The Hollywood leftists vent outrage unendingly about what they perceive as injustice. Yet in areas of the world where real unjustice exists as public policy such as Russia’s Perversion of Justice we hear nothing from them.
The problem with the left is two fold. They lack consistency and integrity, as a result they are able to destroy us with our own values by holding decent people to a standard in which they believe, while they have no standard other than the desire to destroy anyone who stands between them and the power they desire. We really do need to get that. RK)
'No Che Day'
Last year, the U.K. Guardian interviewed Oscar-winning actor Benicio del Toro regarding his Cannes-winning role as Che Guevara in Stephen Soderbergh's movie Che. "Dammit This Guy Is Cool!" was the interview title. "I hear of this guy, and he's got a cool name, Che Guevara!" says del Toro. "Groovy name, groovy man, groovy politics! So I came across a picture of Che, smiling, in fatigues, [and] I thought, 'Dammit, this guy is cool-looking!'" Well, there you have it. In effect, Benicio del Toro, who fulfilled an obvious fantasy by starring as Che Guevara in the four-and-a-half-hour movie he also co-produced, revealed the inspiration (and daunting intellectual exertion) of millions of Che fans….. Johnny Depp [digs] Che Guevara…[if they had acted this way in Cuba] They'd have found themselves chained and digging ditches and mass graves in a prison camp system inspired by the man they "dig."
In a famous speech in 1961, Che Guevara denounced the very "spirit of rebellion" as "reprehensible." "Youth must refrain from ungrateful questioning of governmental mandates," commanded Guevara. "Instead, they must dedicate themselves to study, work and military service, should learn to think and act as a mass." …. "Castro ordered mass murder," remembers Martin-Perez, "but for him it was a utilitarian slaughter, in order to consolidate his power. A classic psychopath, the butchery didn't seem to affect him one way or the order. But Che Guevara, as his chief executioner, obviously relished the slaughter."