raised fists, left & right

17 February 2008

to my surprise, watching news video of the greenhills mass for jun lozada, in particular the singing of bayan ko, brought goose pimples. what a rare sight. the church-going middle-class with fists raised, many with great gusto, some self-consciously, and a few who just wouldn’t, or couldn’t, yet. oh, and one who flashed the L (laban) sign instead. never mind, they’ll get around to it, once they’re mad enough, and engaged enough, in the struggle for nation.

so is this a triumph for the communist left, that the raised fist has become the signal, too, of middle-class resistance? i think not. i think it’s mostly just the appeal of that palaban posture — it feels right (never mind that it’s left) and feels appropriate to the situation, as in dramatic and fraught with tension. ideologically, however, the middle-class is more rejectionist (RJ) than reaffirmative (RA) of joma sison, which is a great divide.

so how do we tell them apart, the true leftists from the bourgeois middle-class? i’m not sure about RJs, but certainly RAs raise left fists, burgis churchgoers raise the right.

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5 Responses to raised fists, left & right

  1. February 18, 2008 at 2:00 am

    Sometimes there is no Left and Right. Just Right and Wrong.

  2. February 18, 2008 at 8:00 am

    i’m not sure about RJs, but certainly RAs raise left fists, burgis churchgoers raise the right.

    Nice observation. Reminds me of the time I ran for student council positions under a ND campus political party from 2004-2006. We raised our left fists everytime UP Naming Mahal or the National Anthem was sung. The other groups who bothered to raise their fists at all raised the right.

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