While I’m sure (?) it was . . . unintentional . . . I’m also sure it’s close to the truth!
New Obama slogan has long ties to Marxism, socialism
By Victor Morton
The Obama campaign apparently didn’t look backwards into history when selecting its new campaign slogan, “Forward” — a word with a long and rich association with European Marxism.
Many Communist and radical publications and entities throughout the 19th and 20th centuries had the name “Forward!” or its foreign cognates. Wikipedia has an entire section called “Forward (generic name of socialist publications).”
“The name Forward carries a special meaning in socialist political terminology. It has been frequently used as a name for socialist, communist and other left-wing newspapers and publications,” the online encyclopedia explains.
The slogan “Forward!” reflected the conviction of European Marxists and radicals that their movements reflected the march of history, which would move forward past capitalism and into socialism and communism.
The Obama campaign released its new campaign slogan Monday in a 7-minute video. The title card has simply the word “Forward” with the “O” having the familiar Obama logo from 2008. It will be played at rallies this weekend that mark the Obama re-election campaign’s official beginning.
More at the link; hat tip to Gretchen for the article.
Вперёд is Russian for “Forward,” and was the name of the publication started in 1905 by Vladimir Ilich Lenin, after his break from the Mencheviks. That the silly leftists in the United States would use it is, well, silly, but with “traditional” American liberalism having failed so badly, some seek wisdom not with sensible conservatism, but by going further left. From
City Braces for New Protest
By JESSICA FIRGER
New York City police and financial institutions are bracing themselves for a citywide protest Tuesday that many see as a test of whether Occupy Wall Street’s strength and popular appeal will reignite after a dormant winter.
Occupy organizers say they plan to “shut the city down” with pickets throughout Midtown and a union-backed march that is expected to draw thousands. But the group’s ambition comes with a risk: a fizzled event could signal the end of its ability to draw mainstream support.
The loosely organized group has called for a popular strike, a goal that isn’t supported by its allies in labor, which must comply with a host of laws and internal rules governing walkouts. New York unions have marched for the past several years on May Day.
“What happens is anyone’s guess,” said Occupy organizer Drew Hornbain, 25 years old. He said many insiders are galvanized by a popular perception that “Occupy has been a series of failures.”
Tuesday is May Day, the traditional Communist/socialist “Labor Day,” in which the valiant leftists protest against the very people and organizations which allow workers to convert their labor into an exchangeable medium.
Of course, those dedicated protesters will be there, in their corporate-produced clothes, traveling there in their corporate-manufactured cars, powered by their big oil refined gasoline, hanging on to their corporate produced iPods and iPhones, snacking on corporate-produced, and corporate-delivered, and corporate-prepared foods, bathed (maybe) while using corporate-produced soap and shampoo and (hopefully) corporate-manufactured deodorant, and yelling and screaming and being just generally incoherent (and inchoate). Biting the hand that feeds them hardly seems to cover it.
Perhaps the reader has an idea of just how much respect the Editor has for the Occupods?