CarrieB Posted February 12, 2011 Share Posted February 12, 2011 While watching the celebrations yesterday, I also thought of the lyric: "We have to unify and watch our flag ascend" That had never quite worked for me before, I suppose because in this country the Union Jack has more one meaning, it has been used by racists and is also a symbol of the establishment and monarchy which is the opposite of revolution, but yeah, the Egyptians were holding up the flag to symbolise the Egyptian people truimphing over their ruler. There's nothing wrong with that kind of patriotism and I was pleased for them. Also the lyric: "We should never be afraid to die" This has a lot of significance in this revolution, sadly for the families involved, though I thought it was going too far in relation to Liberal Democracies were you would hope that governments could be overturned without the need for violence or ordinary people being subjected to violence, though some of the police practices leave a lot to be desired! As for overturning capitalism, which the song, Uprising, appears to be alluding to, blimey, that would be bloody hard, and could have pretty dire results as well. I think peaceful demonstration for greater equality and opportunity globally and more balance of profit/economic motives with peoples' needs is the way to go, but I still think that this song raises the issue of "false consciousness" which is very welcome. People need to be aware that they are being fobbed off and used in the first instance. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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