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"This Dominos in San Antonio. People are working around the clock during this duel crisis of coronavirus and massive power outage. They had a weekend worth of food and it was gone within 4 hours. This team helped those that needed help. These are the essential workers that need recognition. They were the only place open in their community that was open. Every pizza place was closed but dominos stayed open to help those in need. Don’t let me ever, ever, ever hear you say these people don’t deserve a living wage. Swear to GOD don’t let me hear you say it!!"
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August 27 2020 - Protesters demanding a $30 minimum wage for Amazon workers set up a guillotine in front of one of Jeff Bezos’ homes, after he became the first person to have hoarded over 200 billion dollars. "Give a good reason why we don't deserve a $30 an hour minimum wage when this man makes $4,000 a second," an organizer and former Amazon employee said. [video]
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It's either abolish capitalism or face extinction. There's no 'compelling' corporations to save us. They have control of all the resources to help protect themselves (secluded land, bunkers, any and all infrastructure to protect themselves from the worst of climate change), and all the means to colonize space. They're literally creating a space hotel that's going to be ready in the next decade. I don't know about anyone else, but I don't want to watch the world increasingly suffer throughout my life. And if I survive until 2075, I don't want to have survived that long to go out like that. We've already seen how the elderly and disabled and sick were treated during this pandemic. I don't want this for anyone or anything on our planet.
Edit: it's come to my attention that these statistics are unfounded. The scientific consensus in terms the possible outlooks of global warming are already scary enough, and this guy (from the tweet), who is not a climate scientist, is apparently out there spreading misinformation like this and is being condemned by actual climate scientists. I took them as someone who was theorizing a worse outlook, but based in science, and it's not. My sentiment above is still the same, but please look through the notes in regards to why these statistics (5, 6, & 7) are by in large if not completely disagreed with by scientists- and look at the actual science based statistics and outlooks of global warming.
That said, my sentiment is still the same. We need to abolish capitalism in order to save the planet, or stave off the worst of climate change, and it will take revolution, not reform, in order to abolish capitalism.
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There’s a lot more I can say about how we treat the working class, but nothing I can cram into 5 panels.
Since my mental health is better I guess I’ll do what nobody wants and share my political-adjacent opinions. Hope it’s sunny where you are :)
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“Landlords are parasites on the back of the working class”
Poster by Art Twink
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Bernie when Bezos arrives:
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December 12, 2020 - Angry workers at a Wistron Infocomm facility manufacturing Apple iPhones in Narasapura, India, destroyed the offices of the factory after not being paid their promised wages. Workers destroyed CCTV cameras throughout the factory and flipped and burned executives’ cars. Police who went to the factory were also attacked. [video]/[video]
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Liberals/progressives make the best anti-leftist/anti-revolutionary propaganda through film and series, because instead of them portraying a leftist as this obvious, unambiguous evil, they will humanize them. They do this by portraying them as well intentioned, or partly, at least, and show other likable qualities we can admire or empathize with, but then call them "misguided," "naive," and "dangerous," and say that their means don't justify the ends. The latter being something they successfully do usually by having a charismatic leftist leader slowly reveal themselves to be recklessly sacrificial, or bloodthirsty and egotistical. Their point being to try to convey revolution as something derived ultimately from fanaticism or militant tribalism, and to try to push that reform is the middle ground between complacency and revolution; and that we should stick with the devil we know: capitalism, and try to reform it. All so we can keep this ongoing cycle of capitalism regulating and deregulating itself, with endless war, and endless exploitation, until the very rich rule over a completely dystopian Earth that is no longer even habitable for the majority of us.
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First, the Luddites were not indiscriminate. They were intentional and purposeful about which machines they smashed. They targeted those owned by manufacturers who were known to pay low wages, disregard workers’ safety, and/or speed up the pace of work. Even within a single factory — which would contain machines owned by different capitalists — some machines were destroyed and others pardoned depending on the business practices of their owners.
Second, the Luddites were not ignorant. Smashing machines was not a kneejerk reaction to new technology, but a tactical response by workers based on their understanding of how owners were using those machines to make labour conditions more exploitative. As historian David Noble puts it, they understood “technology in the present tense”, by analysing its immediate, material impacts and acting accordingly.
Luddism was a working-class movement opposed to the political consequences of industrial capitalism. The Luddites wanted technology to be deployed in ways that made work more humane and gave workers more autonomy. The bosses, on the other hand, wanted to drive down costs and increase productivity.
Third, the Luddites were not against innovation. Many of the technologies they destroyed weren’t even new inventions. As historian Adrian Randall points out, one machine they targeted, the gig mill, had been used for more than a century in textile manufacturing. Similarly, the power loom had been used for decades before the Luddite uprisings.
It wasn’t the invention of these machines that provoked the Luddites to action. They only banded together once factory owners began using these machines to displace and disempower workers.
What would Luddism look like today? It won’t necessarily (or only) be a movement that takes up hammers against smart fridges, data servers and e-commerce warehouses. Instead, it would treat technology as a political and economic phenomenon that deserves to be critically scrutinised and democratically governed, rather than a grab bag of neat apps and gadgets.
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I’m really happy to see y’all taking more of an interest in ‘work songs’ and such! It’s been nice seeing more suggestions for good folk music and being able to learn more about the history behind where a lot of this music comes from. I think it’s also helpful in that many of us working class folks can relate to the lyrics and experiences that these songs came out of.
That being said, I only have one gripe and I’ve been talking about this in different contexts for a while:
I want working class white Americans on this site, who are really getting into the old union/work songs now, to be mindful of the way y’all react to working class poc (like myself and many others) giving nuanced critiques of why they may not like a certain song and the history behind it.
Like, I really need y’all to recognize that y’all working class white folks ain’t the only ones who are working class citizens with struggles in this country. I love the idea of absolute solidarity between all of us but if y’all can’t come to recognize that antiblack/indigenous racism has and continues to play a HUGE role in keeping us where we are in this country, then solidarity will never actually happen.
Y’all still have the privilege of being white, in a white dominated society, that is purposely built to uplift y’all. Just because it didn’t happen that way for you doesn’t mean that racism has suddenly disappeared and that your black/nonwhite coworkers don’t have an extra target on their back that they have to deal with, on top of being a working class citizen.
I’m not asking for y’all to feel ‘guilty’ about anything or to stop singing songs and I genuinely resent when that’s y’all’s immediate response to us when any of us share our feelings on topics like this. What I’m asking is for y’all to learn how to de-center your specific, white American experience as the ‘real working class experience’ and make room for working class poc to share our stories, feelings, ideas, and songs.
That’s all, man. Just remember that you’re not the only ‘underdog’ in this situation and that poc should be able to represent themselves without y’all immediately getting defensive and turning the whole conversation into a battle of ‘but I’m struggling, too, and I’m white uwu.’
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