Friday, May 1, 2009

Happy May Day! Workers of the World Unite!

Although most Americans and Canadians don't realize it, May 1 is Labor Day , or International Worker's Day, most everywhere else in the world. May Day has come to be associated with the socialist movement.

Now before I go on with this post, I will tell you that politically I am not a communist, and I don't think I am a socialist either, although I might be changing my opinion since the Bush capitalists screwed up our economy so much. Also, I want National Health Insurance in the United States - the only western industrialized country which does not have it, which probably makes me a socialist anyway.

The reason I am doing this post is because I like this song, The Internationale, which is the old anthem of communism and socialism, and this movie, Reds (1981) allot.

In Reds, hot Warren Beatty plays John Reed, an American Journalist and Communist who witnessed the Russian Revolution in 1917, and is buried at the Kremlin Wall. I think its Warren Beatty's best flick, but that is not saying much, since hes a lousy actor. He used to be very hot to look at though.

I really like this scene when the Bolsheviks storm the Winter Palace during the 1917 Russian Revolution. I especially think its funny when Warren Beatty has sex with Diane Keaton who is playing Louise Bryant, his wife, in the movie in the middle of this grand dramatic scene. BTW the movie is actually filmed in Helsinki, if you go there and have dark brown hair (or look like what the Aussies call a "wog" as I found out I did during my trip to Australia in 2007) you are an immediate 9, if not a 10, since everyone is so blond.

Here are the words to the Internationale. They are singing it in Russian in this clip. I think it is rather inspiring actually, but I don't believe it!

Arise, you prisoners of starvation!
Arise, you wretched of the earth!
For justice thunders condemnation:
A better world's in birth!
No more tradition's chains shall bind us,
Arise you slaves, no more in thrall!
The earth shall rise on new foundations:
We have been nought, we shall be all!
'Tis the final conflict,
Let each stand in his place.
The international soviet
Shall be the human race
'Tis the final conflict,
Let each stand in his place.
The international working class
Shall be the human race

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