The Dawn of Labor: Commemorating May Day, by Yanis Iqbal

Solidarity of Labour by Walter Crane 1889

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
May 4, 2021

In 1889, Clara Zetkin wrote: “Wherever busy folk are drudging under the yoke of capitalism, the organised working men and women will demonstrate on May Day for the idea of their social emancipation.” In today’s world, the murderous claws of oppression have dug deeper into the flesh of humanity. The globalization of capital, establishment of post-Fordist economic arrangements of flexible specialization, financialization of the accumulation process and neo-colonial strangulation of the Global South have led to a barbaric situation. Amid this generalized chaos, May 1 acts as a blazing streak, inviting the wretched of the earth to reflect intensively on their own history of joy, tenacious resistance, collective courage and strong solidarity.

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The Brief Origins of May Day by Eric Chase

Occupy May Day 2012

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Originally published May 1, 2015

Republished with permission from IWW

by Eric Chase
IWW, 1993
April 30, 2021

Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers’ Day of May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like Cuba or the former Soviet Union. Most Americans don’t realize that May Day has its origins here in this country and is as “American” as baseball and apple pie, and stemmed from the pre-Christian holiday of Beltane, a celebration of rebirth and fertility.

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How the Pandemic Laid Bare the Cruelty of Capitalism, by Kenn Orphan

Class War #occupyboston

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
April 9, 2021

One thing this pandemic has demonstrated in stark terms is class struggle. Those people deemed essential, though often applauded in public, have been treated as expendable. In truth, they were always treated this way. But this last year has made this struggle visible for anyone paying attention.

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The “Innocence” Of Early Capitalism Is Another Fantastical Myth, by Pete Dolack

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The Conquest of the Incas (mural by FUEJXJDK) via Wikimedia Commons

by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Apr. 7, 2021
April 8, 2021

It is not unusual for critics of United States foreign policy, whether or not they feel free to use the term “imperialism,” to express regret that a previously rational system has soured. Such sentiments are routine for liberals and hardly unknown among social democrats.

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The Anti-Social Socialist: Why Capitalism is NOT the Free Market

The Anti-Social Socialist: Why Capitalism is NOT the Free Market

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“There is a misconception that capitalism and free markets are the same things. This is not the case. Capitalism relies heavily on state protection and state intervention. Capitalism and the state are twin pillars of control that have developed in tandem, supporting and reinforcing one another both deriving their power from private property (not to be confused with personal property).”

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The Anti-Social Socialist: 8 Myths about Socialism

Occupy May Day 2012

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“The dictionary definition of socialism is “a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.””

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Caleb Maupin: The Definition of Socialism + What is Scientific Socialism?

Marxism

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by Caleb Maupin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Caleb Maupin (website)
Caleb Maupin (Facebook Page)
March 22, 2021

“We have seen above that the first step in the revolution by the working class is to raise the proletariat to the position of the ruling class to win the battle of democracy.

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Chris Hedges: Politics is a Game of Fear

BLM March, Springfield, Oregon

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“The Democratic Party has been quite effective in frightening progressives into backing a party that is a wholly owned subsidiary of corporate America.” — Chris Hedges

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The Anti-Social Socialist: How Do We Rent Our Lives?

How Do We Rent Our Lives? by The Anti-Social Socialist

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“The radical capitalist social revolution in which sovereignty in economic affairs passed from the community as a whole into the hands of special class of masters often remote from production, a group alien to the producers.” — Norman Ware

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Chris Hedges: Biden Will Shut Down Left Voices + Will Americans Rise Up?

Rise up

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Note: This is a partial repost of the Jan 14, 2021 interview.

“The Democratic Party has betrayed every principle the left claims to support which is why the self-identified left are a laughingstock.” — Chris Hedges

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The Anti-Social Socialist: What was the Trilateral Commission?

Dear Capitalism...

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by The Anti-Social Socialist
Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 16, 2021

The Bewildered Herd on Feb 15, 2021

The Trilateral Commission is responsible for today’s globalist economy. Here are its origins and effects.

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Plutocracy I-V (must-see)

Class War graffiti, Shoreditch

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Part I originally published Jan. 2, 2016, Part II on Dec. 30, 2016, Part III on June 28, 2017, Part IV on Apr. 29, 2018, and Part V on June 4, 2019.

by Scott Noble
Dissident Voice
December 31, 2015

Plutocracy is the first documentary to comprehensively examine early American history through the lens of class. A multi-part series by filmmaker Scott Noble, Part I focuses on the the ways in which the American people have historically been divided on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex and skill level.

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Chris Hedges: People’s History of West Virginia

West Virginia Coal Mining

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Feb 6, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to filmmaker and journalist, Eleanor Goldfield about her documentary, Hard Road of Hope.

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