Obama’s New Campaign Slogan “Forward” Has Long Ties to Marxism and Socialism
It should come as no surprise that the new Obama campaign slogan “Forward” has roots in Marxism and Socialism.
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
East Germany named its Army soccer club ASK Vorwaerts Berlin (later FC Vorwaerts Frankfort).
Vladimir Lenin founded the publication “Vpered” (the Russian word for “forward”) in 1905.
Soviet propaganda film-maker Dziga Vertov made a documentary whose
title is sometimes translated as “Forward, Soviet” (though also and more
literally as “Stride, Soviet”).
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