Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pete Seeger: We Shall Overcome

Pete Seeger is best remembered for popularising "We shall overcome" and for his role in anti-fascist and anti-capitalist action.
He performed with Woody Guthrie in the 1950s and marched with Occupy Wall Street protesters in his 90s, leaning on two canes. He wrote or co-wrote If I Had a Hammer, Turn, Turn, TurnWhere Have All the Flowers Gone and Kisses Sweeter Than Wine.

He renounced Stalinism in 1951 but that did not stop the McCarthy witch-hunters from attacking him. They knew perfectly well that the Communist Party were not the main enemy. The working class and all those who fight for them were.

The establishment have sought to make Seeger "safe" by heaping him with praise now that he is safely dead. They hated him like poison when he was fighting against them.

I hope you take to time to relisten to some of his work. He is an inspiration to young and old. Anyone who wants a role model for a resilient lifelong fighter need look no further.

We shall overcome.

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