Forward!

I gather that the Obama campaign has decided on “Forward!” for their slogan. Considering that Obama’s policies are rapidly taking us to fiscal Armageddon, perhaps the Romney team should use “Back Up” for their own slogan.

And, it would seem that Forward! has a Communist Origin.

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.

There have been at least two radical-left publications named “Vorwaerts” (the German word for “Forward”). One was the daily newspaper of the Social Democratic Party of Germany whose writers included Friedrich Engels and Leon Trotsky. It still publishes as the organ of Germany’s SDP, though that party has changed considerably since World War II. Another was the 1844 biweekly reader of the Communist League. Karl Marx, Engels and Mikhail Bakunin are among the names associated with that publication.

I guess that when your political mentors are Communists and domestic terrorists, it is only natural to use an extreme left-wing campaign slogan.

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11 Responses to “Forward!”

  1. joesix Says:

    Communists also use the words “progress,” “go,” “hey,” “potato,” “the,” and “a.”

  2. nineinchbride Says:

    What a shame Obama’s slogan truly has nothing to do with Marxist movements in Europe. Obama is just another capitalist hypocrite, while those who call him a socialist are just another ignoramus.

    • David Hoffman Says:

      You don’t know very much about Obama’s background, do you? Click on the links I provided to learn who some of his mentors were.

      • nineinchbride Says:

        I wish he were a commie. I like commies, generally speaking.

      • David Hoffman Says:

        You like the people who were responsible for the death of perhaps as many as 100 million people?

      • nineinchbride Says:

        Capitalism is responsible for the death of the planet, as well as some multiple of 100 million already, and counting.

        There is no communist country on earth, nor has there ever been, but those who fail its ideals.

        I’ll take a commie over a vampire any day.

      • David Hoffman Says:

        Doesn’t the fact that every country that has tried Communism had tyranny, poverty, and genocide as a result indicate something about the nature of those ideals? There has been no shortage of people trying to make those ideals work. They haven’t worked very well.

        How does a system based on the free exchange of goods and services kill anyone? People who are buying and selling to each other are not usually murdering each other.

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  4. nineinchbride Says:

    There is tyranny enough in capital to go around for both the failed capitalist and failed communist systems, both of which produce tyranny, poverty and genocide, and injustice and stupidity. Tell a christian to make peace with sinning because his last attempt at godliness failed, or tell the soldier to surrender because that’s what the soldiers in some other country did in very different circumstances.

    Worse than the murder of the planet or the murder of like millions in genocide, is what capitalism makes of life for all living, human and in nature, that drives people to extremes against it. Top down regimes form to defend against the militarism of capitalism, ruining the prospect for bottom up socialism.

    The free exchange notion is a mathematical one, devoid of human reality. Capitalism without the human dimension of capital. A free market can’t exist more than a day. By the next, accumulation is vested and a power base is self-anointed. Class war begins on day three.

    Free then means free to lie, cheat, steal, exploit, deprive, stress, terrify, humiliate, infantilize and kill. It can be argued a post Marxian economy envisions a freer market. It certainly doesn’t contradict one.

    I’m afraid you need to do some reading. Capitalism is its own school however. Try Chomsky for starters, there’s a library on the subject.

    • David Hoffman Says:

      The free market works well enough at producing unprecedented levels of prosperity and freedom. That is an empirical fact. Look around you. Travel to North and South Korea and then tell me there is little difference between the two systems. Compare the standard of living in developed countries now and a century ago. Compare the standard of living in developing countries now and twenty years ago. Did you know that Mexico is struggling with obesity? Mexico? Even in Africa things are improving a little, to the extent that horrible and corrupt governments can let go and allow there people to be free.
      And where are the concentration camps here in the US? Where is the secret police? Why haven’t I been arrested for criticizing Obama. Go to Cuba and criticize Castro and see what happens. There really isn’t any comparison.
      Noam Chomsky is an idiot. I have read a little of what he has to say and I can say that he is an idiot, as well as being a defender of the Khmer Rouge. Marx was an idiot. He did not understand what was going on during his lifetime and he offers no important insights about ours. I suggest you read and learn about economics and history. Get out of that Marxist/Chomskyist box.

      And no, the planet is not dying. The air and water here in the US are quite a bit cleaner than they were thirty years ago. This is due, in part, to stricter environmental laws, but also because we are much wealthier. Environmental awareness is a luxury for the wealthy. The places with the worst environmental records are those that are poor or have authoritarian governments, like China.

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