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Sue Burke
You may resume humming along 
20th-Jan-2008 03:40 pm

The Spanish Olympic Committee has withdrawn the proposed words to the Spanish national anthem on the grounds that they were "divisive" -- not to mention embarrassingly bland. Now the Spanish athletes who win during the upcoming games (presuming some do) will have to merely stand at attention and hum.

Meanwhile, one of my favorite political commentators, Timothy Garton Ash, has taken a look at national anthems in general:


"The history of national anthems is a history of embarrassment," he says, and the only really successful one is "martial, bloodthirsty and presents a heroic us trumpeting defiance at an evil them." A good anthem requires a horrible common enemy, he concludes. We will only get the world anthem we deserve when the Martians invade.

Any science fiction poets want to take on that project so we'll be prepared?

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21st-Jan-2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
Or, you could locate/recruit/imitate poets.
21st-Jan-2008 01:19 am (UTC)
Thank you for that post. Made my day. Martians, indeed. heck, there's an "other" we can all get behind. Until they're on our side, of course.
21st-Jan-2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
When they're finally on our side we can teach them to sing along because "they" will be "us."

There's probably some fiction idea in all this. . . .
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