What is the most beautiful song that summarizes the libertarian-communist sentiment?

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Feb 23 2012 17:10

Anyone posted anything by the Levellers? Weren't they anarchists? Went to a gig ages ago in Brixton, was amazing.

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Feb 23 2012 18:11

oh yeah and the good old weakerthans
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2zQPrDnZD0&feature=related
country version

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Anyone posted anything by the Levellers? Weren't they anarchists? Went to a gig ages ago in Brixton, was amazing.

oh go on then, carry me was always good
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ld4kvadTXKY

and since we've descended into total cheese at this point we might aswell have The Strike
Shots Heard Round the World
Kicking ass for the working class

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Mar 3 2012 13:51
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Mar 5 2012 09:14

call me old fashioned but bella ciao just is so much fun to sing:

http://youtu.be/hRR2OOvn3Ew

or maybe when we have that feeling..

http://youtu.be/_b2F-XX0Ol0

and disco!

http://youtu.be/P_ukfGAd8T4

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Mar 5 2012 10:46
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Mar 5 2012 10:56
Standfield wrote:
Anyone posted anything by the Levellers? Weren't they anarchists? Went to a gig ages ago in Brixton, was amazing.
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Mar 5 2012 11:08

Basically anything by Zeca Afonso

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Mar 5 2012 12:56
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Mar 5 2012 13:30

Lesley Gore telling that posessive boyfriend capital how it is.

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Mar 6 2012 19:21

http://youtu.be/CUuXiAsV7BQ

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Mar 6 2012 19:30

and these lyrics in Tech N9ne's "Cult Leader":

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The red is for the blood we all shed fighting
The black is for the nights we fight with no lighting
The white is for the clouds from which we came flying
Landed on this jam with man and then began dieing
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Mar 6 2012 21:13

Has this been posted already?

Wasn't Marx going to have C.R.E.A.M. as the subtitle to Capital Volume III? tongue

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Mar 6 2012 21:53
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Mar 25 2012 18:36

Just like a Michael Mann film.

Then we get rid of work.

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Mar 26 2012 21:30

Euskeufeurat, a band from Norrbotten in the north of Sweden, with a strong leftist and anti-colonialist independence message

This song is called "the army of the nameless"

"We have waited for a long time now"

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Mar 27 2012 23:25

Jimi Hendrix: "I stand up next to a mountain/And chop it down with the edge of my hand" from Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)

And has anyone suggested this yet? probably but here it is again:

This Land Is Your Land
by Woody Guthrie

This land is your land This land is my land
From California to the New York island;
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and Me.

As I was walking that ribbon of highway,
I saw above me that endless skyway:
I saw below me that golden valley:
This land was made for you and me.

I've roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts;
And all around me a voice was sounding:
This land was made for you and me.

When the sun came shining, and I was strolling,
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling,
As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting:
This land was made for you and me.

As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said "No Trespassing."
But on the other side it didn't say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.

In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,
By the relief office I seen my people;
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking
Is this land made for you and me?

Nobody living can ever stop me,
As I go walking that freedom highway;
Nobody living can ever make me turn back
This land was made for you and me.

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Mar 28 2012 04:07

This is becoming the greatest playlist I've ever seen. Personally, I'm listening to this track almost daily now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU6efMni9A4

Or feed YouTube the keywords "leadbelly we shall be free." WARNING: be especially careful to remember to type in the name "Leadbelly" or you're retinas are going to be assaulted by several images of a famous, fat, American "Country" music star whom I refuse to promote by name. Remember: LEADBELLY. Accept no substitute!

NWA fans will appreciate this old gem if they hear the part I hear where Leadbelly sings, "Makes no difference, can't you see? A hog can't run too fast with me gettin' my HOG SACK...and that HOG's IRON...and them CHITTLINS!"

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Mar 28 2012 09:09
flaneur wrote:

Lesley Gore telling that posessive boyfriend capital how it is.

That is a big fucking tune!

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Apr 6 2012 17:36

Thank you, playinghob. I'm jammin' out in the garden. To this one I have wept...twice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWXYsi3zoCQ&feature=related

The song is "1936" and is punk rock sung in Spanish. The video has English subtitles.

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Apr 8 2012 22:31

8 Full Hours of Sleep by Against Me!. Really beautiful

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Apr 9 2012 10:39
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Apr 9 2012 13:12

I don't know how beautiful people will find it. But one of my favourite songs is by The Style Council, and is called "Walls Come Tumbling Down!". Some of the lyrics say 'governments crack and systems fall because unity is powerful. Lights go out! Walls come tumbling down!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5HfOipwvts&ob=av2e

Sorry, I tried to embed it, but failed. So above is the link.

Have a listen. It's well cool!

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Apr 9 2012 17:43
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I don't know why these employers ain't calling me
Constantly, stalling me, fuck this economy
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Apr 11 2012 17:36

Good Charlotte - We Believe

nice song. you can even reflect to it.

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May 19 2012 12:50

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEC9tKoZ1K4

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May 25 2012 13:18

This really about sums libcom theory up in one song

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May 28 2012 22:34

Hi there, how you doing? I’m new to the site so please make some allowances for that if I appear to be walking upon rice paper in hobnailed boots. I’m not sure if I’m a Libertarian Communist yet though, since I’m not yet sure what one of those is. In fact, I’ll freely admit that I didn’t even know there was such a thing until I chanced upon this website (as a result of doing a none specific Google search for discussion forums).

What I do know though is that it’s well within my own living memory of just how things were during the 70s and 80s and that my own political leanings were very sympathetic towards the communist movement - particularly during the Reagan and Thatcher dominated 80s.

That said, after the Berlin Wall came a tumbling down, I took the view that European communism had concluded its experiment and that the experiment had failed. It’s a view I still hold with. As such, I’m not for climbing aboard that same old merry-go-round that dominated world politics from the end of WW2 until the eventual collapse of the USSR. Who wants to venture down that road again? Not me, no thanks.

The contents of this website were enough to kindle some interest in me though. My main reason for signing up was so that I could post a few thoughts and ideas here and there, see how things go for a little while. I’m not sure if I’ll be sticking around. I won’t make my mind up about that until I’ve discovered whether I’m a Libertarian Communist or not.

One of my favourite songs is called The World Turned Upside Down by Dick Gaughan (written by Leon Rosselson). I’m sure that many of you are familiar with the song, but for the benefit of those who may not be I’ve decided to include all of it here. At this early stage, I’m not sure how in keeping the lyrics are with Libertarian Communism – but from what I’ve been able to glean so far, it’s in the neighbourhood I think. So here it is -

In 1649, to St. George's Hill,
A ragged band they called the Diggers, came to show the people's will,
They defied the landlords, they defied the laws,
They were the dispossessed, reclaiming what was theirs.

We come in peace they said, to dig and sow,
We come to work the lands in common, and to make the waste ground grow,
This earth divided, we will make whole,
So it can be a common treasury for all.

The sin of property, we do disdain,
No one has any right to buy and sell ya, for private gain,
By theft and murder, they took the land,
Now everywhere the walls rise up at their command.

They make the laws, to chain us well,
The clergy dazzle us with heaven, or they damn us into hell,
We will not worship, the god they serve,
a god of greed who feeds the rich, while poor men starve.

We work, we eat together, we need no swords,
We will not bow to masters, or pay rent to the lords,
We are free men, though we are poor,
Ye Diggers all stand up for glory, and nothing else.

From the men of property, the orders came,
They sent the hired men and troopers, to wipe out the Diggers' claim,
Tear down their cottages, destroy their corn,
They were dispersed - only the vision lingers on.

Your poor take courage, your rich take care,
The earth was made a common treasury, for everyone to share,
All things in common, all people one,
We come in peace - the order came to cut them down.

Written by Leon Rosselson, recorded by Dick Gaughan.

I’m a great believer in simplicity – but that’s another topic for another post maybe. Except to say that the foregoing song is musical simplicity at its very best. There are no backing vocals or accompaniments. Just a solo singer with his acoustic guitar (the version I have in my own collection anyway – don’t know if there are any other versions). A beautiful piece of music, worth listening to for that reason alone.

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May 29 2012 09:12

Nowhereiseverywhere, I think libcoms introductory guides would be perfect to begin to answer your question as to what libcom is all about and if you are one.

http://libcom.org/library/libcom-introductory-guide

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May 29 2012 16:49

the croydonian: Thanks bud. I've already had the briefest of glances through some of the intros, but will be taking a more studied look sometime soon - as well as having a gander at what people are posting etc..

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Jun 5 2012 14:33

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybUqM8jf3mU

I can't help but think of the sad history of the workers movement whenever I hear this. Allegedly it's based on Devoto's argument with his girlfriend about politics; from what I read he didn't fit in the simple politics of punk, but neither was he right-wing. She said to him "You'll end up getting shot by both sides". Regardless of his views, the chorus:

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Shot by both sides
on the run to the outside of everything
shot by both sides
they must have come to a secret understanding

kind of sums up the history of "libertarian communism".