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Driftwood 7 33

Read more about the Internationale. :3

Discussion (5)¬

  1. Ilmari says:

    Hurrah, updates! Okay, updates two weeks ago, but I’m a little slow at checking these sometimes. Gotta love the internet’s only leftist fantasy story, even if it has taken an anarchist slant…

    And Willie and Eva are back, making me extra happy! (Not that I don’t like Aeron, I do, but after watching him wander around for ages, it was time for a change).

    The internationale really is a very clumsy song in english, isn’t it? Come to think of it, english doesn’t really have many good socialist songs, except of course the Red Flag. But it is still universal, and hopefully sounds better to people for whom english is not the mothertongue.


  2. Tinet says:

    More updates are coming again soon, fortune permitting …

    Hmm, Anarchist slant? I fear it’s more than a slant, since I myself am an Anarcho-Socialist, and Willie is going through a similar ideological development as I did at her age, from Communist to Anarchist.
    But is it really the only online leftist fantasy comic out there? Admittedly I haven’t happened upon any others, but the Internet is vast, so I haven’t given up hope yet.

    Well, in English there are all the songs by Joe Hill, Woody Guthrie and other nice fellows, too.
    I’ve actually never tried to sing the Internationale in English, but it does seem a bit clumsy. In Finnish and Swedish it’s wonderful and catchy, and in Russian it’s good, too. :o) (By the way, here is a page with audiofiles of the Internationale in many different languages: http://www.hymn.ru/internationale/ )

  3. Ilmari says:

    Well, it’s not so much of an anarchist slant that it has me fuming. That would be full blown dissolution-of-the-state and phobia of strong leaders talk. Although, not wanting to offend one of my favourite webcomic artists, I don’t think I’ll press the issue. For the record, I’m a democratic socialist (I proudly call myself Chavista), and having to defend his record from both the extreme authoritarian left and the extreme anarchist left leaves its psychological marks…

    Yeah, there are good songs by Joe Hill and the like, if one is thinking specifically of worker’s songs, etc. Which I like. But when it comes to a good Vlaamse Leeuw / Marseilles style blood-and-thunder anthem, the English really lose out. I guess that’s a reflection of the anti-revolutionary English nature (we need Scots, Irish and U-S ians to write our songs).

    I’ve had a look at that link, but Russian is all Greek to me. Almost literally, with that alphabet. Given my heritage I should try and find the Finnish internationale, though, even though I wouldn’t understand it.



  4. Tinet says:

    Well, I’m still very partial to Communism, and even the slightest allusion to it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. But on a more practical level I just believe a bit more in free associations and less in strong leaders. Maybe I’m too old and desillusioned. :o)
    Nevertheless, I think Venezuela is really interesting, and I’m curious to find out more about how things work there.

    Well, let me hotlink to the Finnish Internationale from that site here, so you can check it out (hope it works): http://folk.ntnu.no/makarov/temporary_url_20070929kldcg/internationale-fi-kom-teatteri_1972.mp3

  5. Ilmari says:

    Seven years later, this proud Chavista still admires Chavez, though sadly his grand design could not survive him – its now gone to the dogs on both sides of the Venezuelan political divide.
    The tragedy of the Venezuelan project has rather diminished my belief that a society can be reformed democratically, and I rather wish Chavez had been even half as authoritarian as his enemies pretended him to be. Putting the fear of god into his own corrupt followers might have stopped them milking the system – and a strong hand really was needed to stop everyday people exploiting the food subsidies.

    Ironically, if anything can survive of Chavez’ lregacy, it will be in the community organisations he empowered, so maybe there the anarchists will get the last laugh. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


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