A Leftist Guide to the Fourth of July by Billy Wharton (repost)

by Billy Wharton
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
originally published July 4, 2011
July 4, 2011

Statue of Liberty

Image by stewartmorris via Flickr

A neighbor illustrated the problem with the Fourth of July. He broke out a new bumper sticker for his car just in time for the annual celebration. The sticker promoted the US Navy with the slogan, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of all those who oppose us.” This twisted take on the spirit of the day is a perfect illustration of the worst American chauvinism that often pushes leftists and other progressives away from the holiday. However, as historians such as Howard Zinn have demonstrated, there are alternatives – there is a counter-narrative to American history that represents ordinary people. The Fourth of July is the perfect opportunity to discover it.


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A Leftist Guide to the Fourth of July by Billy Wharton

Billy Wharton is a writer, activist and the editor of the Socialist WebZine. His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the NYC Indypendent, Spectrezine and the Monthly Review Zine. He can be reached at whartonbilly@gmail.com. Become a FAN on Facebook.


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One thought on “A Leftist Guide to the Fourth of July by Billy Wharton (repost)

  1. ”Stephen Fry in America” is really insightful as to how the Brits these days view the Colonists. Fry said that the difference between America and England is that Americans value liberty , and the British put a high premium on justice . He was saying it as objective as possible because he really likes both places.

    I think that there needs to be a dialogue between ”progressive constitutionalists and conservative constitutionalists —ike that which is going on with Ron Paul and Ralph Nader. We have a lot in common .

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