Doing the Reactionary
August 8, 2010 8:39 PM Subscribe
"Don't go Left/But be polite/Move to the Right/Doing the Reactionary…"
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"Doing the Reactionary" was written by Harold Rome as part of the 1937 musical revue Pins and Needles
, first staged by the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union. Notable recordings of this particular song include Cab Calloway and a then-20-year-old Barbra Streisand
Lyrics observe that anti-leftist scaremongering can simultaneously stifle labor activism, and push popular opinion towards fascism - to the benefit of the rich and powerful:
All the best dictators do it,
Millionaires keep steppin' to it,
The Four Hundred love to sing it,
Ford and Morgan swing it...