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Forum Post: possible anthems for OWS?

Posted 12 years ago on Jan. 22, 2012, 7 a.m. EST by leandroBR (24) from São José dos Campos, São Paulo
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So... I was thinking a bit about this since some days now, and if you would let me start with my suggestions, it would be The Internationale ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcXNXKtu8z4 ) My main reasons to adopt it, specially the version in that video, its simply because the lyrics are almost a divine match with OWS principles and because The Internationale have lyrics in almost every language, so it can be like an universal anthem. I'm appealing to this "universal" thing because of that phrase right under the name of the site, you know? "the revolution continues worldwide"



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[-] 1 points by JPB950 (2254) 12 years ago

It may be an inspiring song, but it's a PR disaster. This nation has a phobia for all things socialistic, communistic, or related to anarchy.

[-] 1 points by leandroBR (24) from São José dos Campos, São Paulo 12 years ago

I know, i have been also debating about that on my post "Communist threat" ( http://occupywallst.org/forum/communist-threat/ ) In case you want to check. My short answer is that you mistake communism for Stalin's Soviet Union , its absolutely not the same thing. Every philosophy has its merits and we should know how to benefit from and what to discard. Besides, its just a song and the lyrics are undeniably right.

[-] 2 points by JPB950 (2254) 12 years ago

No I'm saying to the ordinary person it doesn't matter what the political philosophy actually is. Anything remotely associated with the terms communism, socialism, anarchy, meets with resistance from the majority.

Personally I don't care one way or the other. Politically I see our system as having the solution to our problems. Voters have to educate themselves on major issues though, rather then just voting based on a 15 second attack ad. Unfortunately that would take them away from their reality shows.

[-] 1 points by leandroBR (24) from São José dos Campos, São Paulo 12 years ago

I see what your point is, but you really think it can't be changed? Cold War is over, there is no need to keep reinforcing the thought that communism is a demon. Maybe today the majority still have this fear, but things always start with a few determined people, like the OWS itself.

[-] 1 points by JPB950 (2254) 12 years ago

I think the average person sees communism, socialism and the libertarian anarchism of say Chomsky as all the same. Most certainly see that communism as is was done in the old Soviet Union as failed and China has introduce elements of capitalism into it's system with success.

Just talking beliefs now, but I see these things as running in cycles. There were a lot of anarchist and socialist groups in the 60's that sprung out of the anti war movement. Chomsky started his preaching for an anarchist society then. Most of those people became integrated into the system and they got jobs and became successful. If and when the economy improves I would think the same thing will happen again.

[-] 0 points by Libertarianliving (149) 12 years ago

I was thinking more like

"I Want It All" "Crying" "I'm A Loser"

[-] -1 points by trailerParkTim (-13) 12 years ago

Instead of an anthem someone should learn how to play the "taps" The OWS fad is hosed