November 28, 2000
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Andy's a fan of democracy, but knows that on some level, people are drawn to communism or anarchy simply because of the cool hammer-and-sickle/A-in-a-circle imagery. He's proposing a new face for democracy. Angrier. In your face. Every movement needs a good logo, I suppose.
posted by mathowie (13 comments total)
I believe that with a world wide competition, we could come up with a better democracy logo than the one Andy presents us with, but yes a logo would be nice.
posted by Zool at 7:43 PM on November 28, 2000

I was thinking something like this or maybe this.
posted by lagado at 7:49 PM on November 28, 2000

I think something like these mixed together would make the perfect logo for democracy.
There is one particular logo on this page that cannot be left out of the mix.

posted by Zool at 8:28 PM on November 28, 2000

You're right zool, nothing says "american democracy" like Mickey's Big Mouth Malt Liquor.
posted by mathowie at 8:52 PM on November 28, 2000

What attracts people to democratic socialism?
posted by kidsplateusa at 9:16 PM on November 28, 2000

The marks of world communism and anarchy have very distinct symbolism. The hammer is used to shape, the sickle is used to reap. The tools were commonly wielded by workers when it was first unvieled. It is either an emblem of unity or is scarily portentous depending on which end of the sickle one was on.

The circle A comes from a phrase written by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon in Qu'est ce que la propriété? He wrote, “As man seeks justice in equality, so society seeks order in anarchy.” The circle is commonly used in various philosophies and religons to denote order or closed systems. Bhuddists, for instance, draw a circle with figures inside it to illustrate the phenomenal world. The A is obviously the first letter of ‘anarchy,’ and the word is recognizable in every language which has roots in latin.

I like Andy’s idea, that is, advocating aggressive democracy. I believe that the people’s government has been usurped by the powerful, and we need some aggressive populism to make things right. However, Mr. Pressman’s identity politics and the Jolly Roger wouldn’t benefit either.

He needs to take another wack at it. Judging from his portfolio he is a great conceptual artist, and I’d like to see what he can come up with.

And stop with the swearing.
posted by capt.crackpipe at 9:25 PM on November 28, 2000

if we did get a good "D" might end up on caps and patches at Hot Topic...and then i'm not so sure i'd be a fan know how i am about sell-outs. ;-)
posted by th3ph17 at 9:47 PM on November 28, 2000

next on metafilter: explaining the difference between democracy and capitalism.
posted by beefula at 10:31 PM on November 28, 2000

What attracts people to democratic socialism?

let's just say it's got a lot to do with politics

posted by lagado at 11:13 PM on November 28, 2000

Democracy has nine letters. Capitalism has ten.

*bows* thank you very much. For my next sarcastic quip, I'll saw my own tongue in half with a woman.

We should merge all these images together and make that our brand spanking new conformist progressive democratic socialist propagandic kewler than thou logo thingy. Then we should chew our own hands off and bang body parts against walls like they did in the old days. Eraserhead! Eraserhead! I'm not as police as you siren I am. Winona Ryder was the walrus and John Lennon was the girl interrupted, but I still have to churn cider through the rainbows for a living. Order anarchy and all they give you a plate of anchovies. God, I hate the waiters on the Lower East Side. Ahora Neoismus!
posted by ZachsMind at 1:56 AM on November 29, 2000

Looks like Zach's Mind just flipped!
posted by lagado at 3:43 AM on November 29, 2000

just? What you mean just? Where you been?
posted by ZachsMind at 4:00 AM on November 29, 2000

If not exactly a logo, Poppin' Fresh would definitely make for a good poster boy: Plastic. Yummy. Deadly.
posted by highindustrial at 1:45 PM on November 29, 2000

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