Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Revolution Sale


The commecialisation of the word 'revolution' primarily with the use of Che Guevara's image has been covered extensively and eloquently elsewhere.
Refer in particular to the excellent post entitled La Revolution Mode d’Emploi by Dionysus Unemployed
I completed this drawing a couple of years ago in an attempt to give visual image to the subject.
She is lighting the fuse to the bomb on top of the pole and the sparks around the ignited fuse are depicted thus $$$$$$$$$

“A revolution is not a bed of roses. A revolution is a struggle between the future and the past.”
Fidel Castro

“Revolution is the festival of the oppressed”
V.I.Lenin

“The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.”
Che Guevara

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
John F. Kennedy

“Revolutions are always verbose.”
Leon Trotsky

“One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. You do not change people's minds.
Frank Zappa

9 comments:

elasticwaistbandlady said...

I didn't realize that you were the artist behind the picture, amazing talent! Are the other blog pictures your work also?

I would like to refute every quote listed on your blog today but find it absurd to assert serious analytical musings next to an avatar of a cow with sunglasses.

Pisces Iscariot said...

All of the B&W drawings in circle motif are mine, also the painting shown on the post 'Art - What is the Point?'
Surely you cannot contemplate refuting the Frank Zappa Quote - I included it especially for you my dear elastic!

elasticwaistbandlady said...

Amazing to think of Frank Zappa achieving enough mental clarity to iterate a universal truth. I'm tolerant of new ideas and other's perspectives but in accordance with the dictates set forth by many psychologists and sociologists, I find it correct that people past a certain age will never change. They may modify behaviors and habits but that's about the extent of it.

By the way, when I inadvertently stumbled into The Left Forum, I didn't quite grasp that it wasn't intended to be an open exchange of ideas, and that it would earn me a few undeserved names to leave a comment. I suppose a life of ignorant bigotry does dumb down a person. Perhaps you should start a third blog to showcase your lighter side. It's preferable, in my opinion.

Pisces Iscariot said...

Contrary to popular belief, Zappa was not a drug addled maniac. Quite the contrary, he was a man who dispised the fluffy logic and mindless bullshit that constitutes much of modern life. He was/is hated by the establishment primarily for his defence of free speech in music.
Personally I have no problem with the open exchange of ideas,and have been known to be swayed by a well informed arguement.
I grew up in South Africa where (at the time) most political arguement started with: "I know this guy who..."
As far as my lighter side is concerned I shall quote Meera Syal - "life is not all hahahehe"

elasticwaistbandlady said...

Etymology is a semi-hobby of mine, and that includes the origination of names. Perhaps I judged Frank harshly on the basis of the moniker monstrosities he saddled his offspring with.

I'm a member of a few conservative groups like CWA, I write letters to my elected leaders(not that it does any good), and I stay abreast of current events. Other than that though, I tend to stay positive, and obsessing over the state of the World is a real bummer. Hence, the creation of my blog that is the epitome of 'modern day bullshit'. I want it to be thought of as a safe haven away from any intellect, offensive opinions, or heaven forbid applying mental accumen. Personally, with those goals in mind, I think I'm a rousing success, wouldn't you agree?

Pisces Iscariot said...

Since your beliefs and your politics are diametrically opposite to mine I can only refer back to the original Zappa quote.
Unfortunately none of this is relevant to the original post.
Perhaps one last quote to conclude this dialogue:
Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
--Victor Borge

Dionysus Unemployed said...

Who are you?

Kim said...

HI, a belated post... but you have attributed the quote "revolution is the festival of the oppressed" to Germaine Greer. This is incorrect. This was originally said/written by V.I.Lenin, not Greer (alth she may have repeated it)

Pisces Iscariot said...

Thanks for the belated comment kim - I will add a note to the post.