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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

News Round Up Special: What's up with the Fist?

It was brought to our attention that the Fist symbol used in several symbols connected with Wisconsin Protests including the iconic image created by Lou Kaye of www.RockNetroots.blogspot.com back in February, was used in Socialist propaganda and thus reminds many of that ideology.  Here, at Defend Wisconsin News Round Up, we are less about ideology (though we have a strong affinity for representative democracy) and very much about satisfying our curiosity.  And so with a little help from this thing called Google, we discovered the following:




"A persistent symbol of resistance and unity, the clenched fist (or raised fist) is part of the broader genre of "hand" symbols that include the peace "V," the forward-thrust-fist, and the clasped hands. The clenched fist usually appears in full frontal display showing all fingers and is occasionally integrated with other images such as a peace symbol or tool.


The human hand has been used in art from the very beginnings, starting with stunning examples in Neolithic cave paintings. Early examples of the fist in graphic art can be found at least as far back as 1917, with another example from Mexico in 1948. 


As with all movement symbols, there is the real risk of appropriation by commercial culture - witness the "radical" shock-jock Howard Stern’s logo evoking the struggle to break free from FCC regulation, complete with an added crossbar across two knuckles making it an "H".


Yet the militant fist continues to be coopted, even as a tool for capitalism and right-wing and conservative groups. 


The other side uses this potent image for labor film festivals environmental activism, and the labor resistance in Wisconsin. The fist has become universal, context is now crucial to understanding its meaning."


Read the entire article here: http://www.docspopuli.org/articles/Fist.html

More on the Fist: Raised fist - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


10 comments:

  1. It dates back to the salute of Rotfrontkämpferbund, a paramilitary organization of the Communist Party of Germany before World War II.

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  2. The raised fist was already an established symbol of protest by 1848, as shown in Daumier's painting The Uprising. This was 16 years before the First Socialist International was even formed.

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  3. At a recent protest I was told it was the black fist of socialism by some pretty stupid looking teabagger. That was in reference to the Stand With Wisconsin AFLCIO fist .... no shite sherlock it blue because WI votes mostly Democratic.

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  4. The fist is a mistake. But the biggest mistake is having a legal-sized petition form. It's almost as if the organization is a sham intended to stand in the way of regular folks gathering petitions.

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