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As our largely corporate print news structure endlessly brainstorms ways to survive the oft-cited and euphemistic transition from print to digital while remaining solvent, its illuminating to consider that when Ralph Ingersoll launched the short-lived but influential PM in 1940, he resolved not to include advertisements so that the paper would be beholden to no one.
The last few years have seen such rhapsodic support for Indias touted entrée into the economic big leagues, from Thomas L. Friedmans paean to Bangalore in The World is Flat to the Obama administrations unconditional patronage of the worlds biggest democracy, that one might feel a bit disoriented upon opening Arundhati Roys unsparing indictment of the rise of fascism in modern-day India in Field Notes on Democracy.
The latest installment of Che-inspired popular art is veteran cartoonist Spain Rodriguezs Che: A Graphic Biography, a frenetically-paced account of the South American revolutionarys life. Armed with iron-clad principles and an enduring love for the little guy, Ernesto Che Guevara jackboots his way through these pages with the moral urgency of a missionary.