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February 14, 2007

Boldly Uphold the Revolutionary Use of Stilted Language from "Peking Review" Circa 1974!

It is February 14, and that can only mean one thing -- the arrival of this year's batch of Valentine's Day slogans from the Freedom Road Socialist Organization:

Proletarians And Oppressed Peoples,

1. Progressive And Revolutionary People Everywhere, Resolutely Uphold The Militant Bolshevik Spirit And Revolutionary Romanticism Embodied In Comrade Valentine!

2. Decisively Smash Retrograde And Joyless Ultra-Left Lines Which Disparage Proletarian Love And Desire!!

3. Warmly Celebrate The 20th Anniversary Of ACT-UP, A Militant Organization Which Attacked The Bourgeois State and Big Capital On Behalf Of LGBTQ People And All AIDS-Affected Oppressed Communities Worldwide In 1987 And Has Remained On The Offensive For Two Decades!!!

Just to be clear about it, there are now two groups calling themselves the Freedom Road Socialist Organization. The other, rather more stodgy one being known as "FRSO (Fight Back)" in honor of its parenthetically indicated newspaper. And no, I'm not playing some variation on that Monty Python bit about the enmity between the Judean People's Front and the People's Front of Judea. This is for real, if "real" is the word one wants.

The splinter of FRSO using the rising sun logo on its website has also made available an impressive family tree of the American Maoist movement.

It is large and yet not complete. It scares me that I notice the omissions.

(Crossposted from Crooked Timber)

Posted by smclemee at February 14, 2007 9:59 AM

COMMENTS

Love the capitalization!

Posted by: The Constructivist at February 14, 2007 9:04 PM