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Happy Hellidays, Gluttons! Mark Twain on the True History of the First Thanksgiving

BoschsevendeadlysinsThe Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things by Hieronymus Bosch (1485)

Gluttony is shown, upside down, at the top.  Hey, that looks like your house right now!

Happy Hellidays from the Independent Workers Party of Chicago!

We hope you are enjoying your annual Festival of Gluttony (gluttony IS a MORTAL SIN, YOU KNOW –  you nauseating fake-Christian arch-hypocrites)!

As you sit there yet again this Thanksgiving, shamelessly stuffing your face with way too much food while millions of your fellow wage and debt slave brothers and sisters in the U.S.A. and  nearly a billion of your sisters and brothers around the world suffer incredible want and privation through yet another miserable holiday season under the miserable capitalist system you all love so much – we hope (probably in vain) that you’ll take a moment during your family’s disgusting annual pig-out to remember the less fortunate among us – and we don’t mean by driving the homeless and those who try to help them out of your towns, you scumbags! – and to ponder the true, hideous origins of the monstrous tradition of the Thanksgiving festival itself.  And to help you digest that hideous heap of artery-clogging garbage you’ve been shoveling down your gullet, we bring you a worthy tribute to the Pilgrims of Plymouth, written by none other than Samuel Langhorne Clemens – Mark Twain.   We hope you enjoy it as much as you’ll enjoy your first massive coronary brought on by the decades of wanton excessive indulgence in processed foods and high-cholesterol snacks you so stupidly insist on feeding yourselves.  Bon Appetit!

IWPCHI

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PLYMOUTH ROCK AND THE PILGRIMS

ADDRESS AT THE FIRST ANNUAL DINNER, N. E. SOCIETY

PHILADELPHIA, DECEMBER 22, 1881

On calling upon Mr. Clemens to make response, President Rollins said:

“This sentiment has been assigned to one who was never exactly born in New England, nor, perhaps, were any of his ancestors. He is not technically, therefore, of New England descent. Under the painful circumstances in which he has found himself, however, he has done the best he could — he has had all his children born there, and has made of himself a New England ancestor. He is a self-made man. More than this, and better even, in cheerful, hopeful, helpful literature he is of New England ascent. To ascend there in anything that’s reasonable is difficult, for — confidentially, with the door shut — we all know that they are the brightest, ablest sons of that goodly land who never leave it, and it is among and above them that Mr. Twain has made his brilliant and permanent ascent — become a man of mark.”

I RISE to protest. I have kept still for years, but really I think there is no sufficient justification for this sort of thing. What do you want to celebrate those people for? — those ancestors of yours of 1620 — the Mayflower tribe, I mean. What do you want to celebrate them for? Your pardon: the gentleman at my left assures me that you are not celebrating the Pilgrims themselves, but the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock on the 22d of December. So you are celebrating their landing. Why, the other pretext was thin enough, but this is thinner than ever; the other was tissue, tinfoil, fish-bladder, but this is gold-leaf. Celebrating their landing! What was there remarkable about it, I would like to know? What can you be thinking of? Why, those Pilgrims had been at sea three or four months. It was the very middle of winter: it was as cold as death off Cape Cod there. Why shouldn’t they come ashore? If they hadn’t landed there would be some reason for celebrating the fact. It would have been a case of monumental leatherheadedness which the world would not willingly let die. If it had been you, gentlemen, you probably wouldn’t have landed, but you have no shadow of right to be celebrating, in your ancestors, gifts which they did not exercise, but only transmitted. Why, to be celebrating the mere landing of the Pilgrims — to be trying to make out that this most natural and simple and customary procedure was an extraordinary circumstance — a circumstance to be amazed at, and admired, aggrandized and glorified, at orgies like this for two hundred and sixty years — hang it, a horse would have known enough to land; a horse — Pardon again; the gentleman on my right assures me that it was not merely the landing of the Pilgrims that we are celebrating, but the Pilgrims themselves. So we have struck an inconsistency here: one says it was the landing, the other says it was the Pilgrims. It is an inconsistency characteristic of your intractable and disputatious tribe, for you never agree about anything but Boston. Well, then, what do you want to celebrate those Pilgrims for? They were a mighty hard lot — you know it. I grant you, without the slightest unwillingness, that they were a deal more gentle and merciful and just than were the people of Europe of that day; I grant you that they are better than their predecessors. But what of that? — that is nothing. People always progress. You are better than your fathers and grandfathers were (this is the first time I have ever aimed a measureless slander at the departed, for I consider such things improper). Yes, those among you who have not been in the penitentiary, if such there be, are better than your fathers and grandfathers were; but is that any sufficient reason for getting up annual dinners and celebrating you? No, by no means — by no means. Well, I repeat, those Pilgrims were a hard lot. They took good care of themselves, but they abolished everybody else’s ancestors. I am a border-ruffian from the State of Missouri. I am a Connecticut Yankee by adoption. In me, you have Missouri morals, Connecticut culture; this, gentlemen, is the combination which makes the perfect man. But where are my ancestors? Whom shall I celebrate? Where shall I find the raw material?

My first American ancestor, gentlemen, was an Indian — an early Indian. Your ancestors skinned him alive, and I am an orphan. Not one drop of my blood flows in that Indian’s veins today. I stand here, lone and forlorn, without an ancestor. They skinned him! I do not object to that, if they needed his fur; but alive, gentlemen — alive! They skinned him alive — and before company! That is what rankles. Think how he must have felt; for he was a sensitive person and easily embarrassed. If he had been a bird, it would have been all right, and no violence done to his feelings, because he would have been considered “dressed.” But he was not a bird, gentlemen, he was a man, and probably one of the most undressed men that ever was. I ask you to put yourselves in his place. I ask it as a favor; I ask it as a tardy act of justice; I ask it in the interest of fidelity to the traditions of your ancestors; I ask it that the world may contemplate, with vision unobstructed by disguising swallow-tails and white cravats, the spectacle which the true New England Society ought to present. Cease to come to these annual orgies in this hollow modern mockery — the surplusage of raiment. Come in character; come in the summer grace, come in the unadorned simplicity, come in the free and joyous costume which your sainted ancestors provided for mine.

Later ancestors of mine were the Quakers William Robinson, Marmaduke Stephenson, et al. Your tribe chased them out of the country for their religion’s sake; promised them death if they came back; for your ancestors had forsaken the homes they loved, and braved the perils of the sea, the implacable climate, and the savage wilderness, to acquire that highest and most precious of boons, freedom for every man on this broad continent to worship according to the dictates of his own conscience — and they were not going to allow a lot of pestiferous Quakers to interfere with it. Your ancestors broke forever the chains of political slavery, and gave the vote to every man in this wide land, excluding none! — none except those who did not belong to the orthodox church. Your ancestors — yes, they were a hard lot; but, nevertheless, they gave us religious liberty to worship as they required us to worship, and political liberty to vote as the church required; and so I the bereft one, I the forlorn one, am here to do my best to help you celebrate them right.

The Quaker woman Elizabeth Hooton was an ancestress of mine. Your people were pretty severe with her — you will confess that. But, poor thing! I believe they changed her opinions before she died, and took her into their fold; and so we have every reason to presume that when she died she went to the same place which your ancestors went to. It is a great pity, for she was a good woman.

Roger Williams was an ancestor of mine. I don’t really remember what your people did with him. But they banished him to Rhode Island, anyway. And then, I believe, recognizing that this was really carrying harshness to an unjustifiable extreme, they took pity on him and burned him(1). They were a hard lot!

All those Salem witches were ancestors of mine! Your people made it tropical for them. Yes they did; by pressure and the gallows they made such a clean deal with them that there hasn’t been a witch and hardly a halter in our family from that day to this, and that is one hundred and eighty-nine years.

The first slave brought into New England out of Africa by your progenitors was an ancestor of mine — for I am of a mixed breed, an infinitely shaded and exquisite Mongrel. I’m not one of your sham meerschaums that you can color in a week. No, my complexion is the patient art of eight generations. Well, in my own time, I had acquired a lot of my kin — by purchase, and swapping around, and one way and another — and was getting along very well. Then, with the inborn perversity of your lineage, you got up a war, and took them all away from me. And so, again am I bereft, again am I forlorn; no drop of my blood flows in the veins of any living being who is marketable.

O my friends, hear me and reform! I seek your good, not mine. You have heard the speeches. Disband these New England societies — nurseries of a system of steadily augmenting laudation and hosannaing, which, if persisted in uncurbed, may some day in the remote future beguile you into prevaricating and bragging. Oh, stop, stop, while you are still temperate in your appreciation of your ancestors! Hear me, I beseech you; get up an auction and sell Plymouth Rock! The Pilgrims were a simple and ignorant race. They never had seen any good rocks before, or at least any that were not watched, and so they were excusable for hopping ashore in frantic delight and clapping an iron fence around this one. But you, gentlemen, are educated; you are enlightened; you know that in the rich land of your nativity, opulent New England, overflowing with rocks, this one isn’t worth, at the outside, more than thirty-five cents. Therefore, sell it, before it is injured by exposure, or at least throw it open to the patent-medicine advertisements, and let it earn its taxes.

Yes, hear your true friend — your only true friend — list to his voice. Disband these societies, hotbeds of vice, of moral decay — perpetuators of ancestral superstition. Here on this board I see water, I see milk, I see the wild and deadly lemonade. These are but steps upon the downward path. Next we shall see tea, then chocolate, then coffee — hotel coffee. A few more years — all too few, I fear — mark my words, we shall have cider! Gentlemen, pause ere it be too late. You are on the broad road which leads to dissipation, physical ruin, moral decay, gory crime and the gallows! I beseech you, I implore you, in the name of your anxious friends, in the name of your suffering families, in the name of your impending widows and orphans, stop ere it be too late. Disband these New England societies, renounce these soul-blistering saturnalia, cease from varnishing the rusty reputations of your long-vanished ancestors — the super-high-moral old iron-clads of Cape Cod, the pious buccaneers of Plymouth Rock — go home, and try to learn to behave!

However, chaff and nonsense aside, I think I honor and appreciate your Pilgrim stock as much as you do yourselves, perhaps; and I endorse and adopt a sentiment uttered by a grandfather of mine once — a man of sturdy opinions, of sincere make of mind, and not given to flattery. He said: “People may talk as they like about that Pilgrim stock, but, after all’s said and done, it would be pretty hard to improve on those people; and, as for me, I don’t mind coming out flatfooted and saying there ain’t any way to improve on them — except having them born in Missouri!”
[Source: Harper & Brothers, “Mark Twain’s Speeches”, 1910]

Notes:

(1) Actually, Roger Williams died of old age in the early months of 1683.

“Cowards of the Pen” Censor Dissent, Prepare World’s Couch Potatoes for WWIII Fryolator

As we have been surfing the net, we obviously often come across news articles that are just begging us to post a comment in the comments section.  The commentary is either going nowhere or there are a series of witty stupid one-liners where some intelligent discussion should appear.  So we try to encourage a broader discussion by letting people know that:

1) the capitalist regime is not “the best of all possible worlds” nor must we suffer it to continue to exist and;

2) by explaining how we workers might all get together and create societies far more egalitarian and fun for ourselves and future generations to enjoy by abolishing the capitalist system worldwide and replacing the current regime of warring capitalist nation states with peaceful, egalitarian workers republics.

The pro-capitalist media is supposed to uphold standards of openness and freedom of expression which, we are endlessly told, does not exist in “communist” countries like China, Cuba, Vietnam and North Korea.  However, in reality, the capitalist news media censors itself and the commentaries it allows to appear on their websites in order to keep the “news” and the parameters of its discussion well within limits which the bourgeoisie finds to be “acceptable”.  This is elementary knowledge for Marxists like us, and is why we speak of the press utilizing the scientific terminology developed by the Marxist movement over the past 150 years, which strips away all the thick greasepaint capitalism uses to hide its true, hideous reality.  That’s why we don’t speak of the “mainstream media” or “MSM” as the pro-capitalist liberals and right-wing anti-MSMers do: we call it out as the “capitalist press” or “bourgeois press”, because that’s what it is.  The major media outlets in capitalist countries, being owned by capitalists, are not “objective” but espouse the political, economic and social philosophy of the capitalist class itself.

That’s why even such supposedly upstanding news organizations like Reuters censor our posts when we submit them to their websites.  They would prefer that the very name of socialism or communism never be uttered on their sites, unless it is to disparage those philosophies and everyone who has ever or who does today have anything good to say about socialism.

Late last year, we submitted the following comment to a Reuters news story carried on their own website on December 12th under the title  “North Korea launches rocket, raising nuclear arms stakes” :

“Congratulations to North Korea on their successful satellite launch!  Here’s hoping that this will give the U.S. imperialists and their lackeys in Japan and Seoul reason to back down off their war provocations on the Korean peninsula.  But we doubt it.
“The billionaires’ bought-and-paid-for capitalist press pretends that the missile programs of North Korea pose a major threat to ‘world peace’ while the U.S. military operates in 173 countries and slaughters civilians from Afghanistan to Pakistan to Iraq and threatens to destroy Iran and North Korea with the US’ MASSIVE nuclear arsenal.
“The possession of nuclear weapons by small states like Iran and North Korea has been made a matter of life or death by the very real and continual nuclear blackmail being waged against these states and all the world’s nations by the ACTUAL ‘biggest threat to world peace’: the blood-soaked capitalist class of the United States, guilty of genocide of the Native Americans, the death of hundreds of thousands of Africans in the slave trade, 300 years of slavery by which the ‘great families’ of the US made their fortunes, and their bloody wars to steal northern Mexico, to seize Cuba, to murder the Philippine nationalists in the 1890s, to back up brutal military dictatorships throughout Central and South America, the napalming of ‘every village in North Korea’ during the Korean War – and other crimes too numerous to fit the space given here.  Only a workers revolution in the United States which disarms this ruthless capitalist class can begin the process by which the world can truly enjoy peace for the first time.
US/NATO: Hands off North Korea!  Workers of the World, Unite!”

We waited for an hour or so to see our comment duly posted on the Reuters site while other peoples’ comments, made long after ours, were posted, one after the other.  Irritated, but not at all surprised by this, we wrote to the Reuters editorial staff to ask if we had somehow fallen afoul of their “comments policy” and if so, what could we do to correct the situation?  They assigned us #23036 to our complaint and pretended that they would get back to us.

Here is the response from Reuters:

[From:] Karen Pastor, Thomson Reuters

December 12, 2012 02:58 pm
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Iwpchi
  • Hello:It would appear that there was no specific reason why this comment was censored by your moderators, since you responded to our inquiry with a boilerplate answer. If this is not the case, please explain why our comment was not posted on your site; otherwise we will have to assume that it was censored for its political content.Thanks,Independent Workers Party of Chicago
December 13, 2012 08:53 pm
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Thomson Reuters
  • Hello,According to our editorial team, we can’t find it. It’s nowhere in our system.
    Please try again.Regards,
    Reuters.com Team
December 20, 2012 08:11 am
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And, in fact, it turns out that the article we posted our comment to as well as our comment has been sent “down the memory hole”, because it is nowhere to be found on the Reuters website!

Really, what is there for them to explain?  Our comment violated several financial and ideological underpinnings of their business and their friends’ businesses, not to mention providing a searing indictment of the world’s most powerful capitalist ruling class, and so, it had to be, and was, dutifully censored by Reuters’ very own quisling employees who care more for their own job security than they do for those highly touted principles of the “free press” they were taught in the capitalists’ own journalism schools.  See how that works?

If you still don’t get it, check out the “comments policy” explanation given by Dean Wright, written back on 27 Sept. 2010 when he still worked at Reuters:

“Toward a More Thoughtful Conversation on Stories”

“Visitors to this space may recall that I wrote this summer about the issues Reuters and other news organizations face in dealing with reader comments on stories.

“I’ve become increasingly concerned about the quality of discourse in comments on news stories on Reuters.com and on other major news sites.  On some stories,  the “conversation”  has been little more than  partisans slinging invective at each other under  the cloak of anonymity.  I believe our time-challenged, professional readers want to see a more rewarding conversation—and my colleagues who lead Reuters.com are introducing a new process for comments that I believe will help bring that about.  […]  Let me introduce Richard Baum, Reuters Global Editor for Consumer Media, to tell you about the new process:

[Richard Baum continues:]

“Like many major news publishers, we’ve agonized over how to balance our enthusiasm for reader comments on stories with our belief that few people would benefit from a free-for-all. Most of our readers respect our request for comments that “advance the story,” by submitting relevant anecdotes, links and data or by challenging our reporting when they think we’ve fallen short of our editorial standards. It’s rewarding, sometimes even exhilarating, to see the way our audience builds on our coverage.

“Where we struggle is with comments that we believe contribute nothing useful to the conversation. I’m not talking about obscenities and spam — we have software that aims to block the publication of those — but something more subjective. Most of our readers are business professionals who value their time highly. [emphasis added – IWPCHI] We believe they want comments that are as rewarding to read as they are to write. The challenge is how we deliver that experience in a way that doesn’t delay the publication of good comments nor use up resources that might be better deployed on other parts of the site.

[…] Here are some examples of the type of comments that fall foul of our moderators:
– racism and other hate language that isn’t caught by our software filters
– obscene words with letters substituted to get around the software filters
– semi-literate spelling; we’re not looking for perfection, but people shouldn’t have to struggle to determine the meaning
– uncivil behavior towards other commentators; debate is welcome, schoolyard taunts are not
– incitement to violence
– comments that have nothing to do with the story
– comments that have been pasted across multiple stories
– comments that are unusually long, unless they’re very well written
– excessive use of capital letters

“Some of the guidelines for our moderators are hard to define precisely.  [You mean to say: utterly subjective? – IWPCHI] Mocking of public people can be fair sport, for example, but a moderator that has just approved 30 comments calling someone an idiot can rightly decide that there’s little incremental value in publishing the 31st. When we block comments of this nature, it’s because of issues of repetition, taste or legal risk, not political bias.

“Until recently, our moderation process involved editors going through a basket of all incoming comments, publishing the ones that met our standards and blocking the others. (It’s a binary decision: we don’t have the resources to edit comments.)

“This was unsatisfactory because it delayed the publication of good comments, especially overnight and at weekends when our staffing is lighter.

“Our new process grants a kind of VIP status on people who have had comments approved previously. When you register to comment on Reuters.com, our moderation software tags you as a new user. Your comments go through the same moderation process as before, but every time we approve a comment, you score a point.

“Once you’ve reached a certain number of points, you become a recognized user. Congratulations: your comments will be published instantly from now on. Our editors will still review your comments after they’ve been published and will remove them if they don’t meet our standards. When that happens, you’ll lose points. Lose enough points and you’ll revert to new user status.

“The highest scoring commentators will be classified as expert users, earning additional privileges that we’ll implement in future. You can see approval statistics for each reader on public profile pages like this, accessed by clicking on the name next to a comment.

“It’s not a perfect system, but we believe it’s a foundation for facilitating a civil and rewarding discussion that’s open to the widest range of people. Let me know what you think.”

Here’s what some Reuters readers “thought” about that statement:

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Mar 3, 2012
6:45 pm UTC

This is a typical elitist attitude towards writing and publication. Censorship at its most foul. If we don’t like what you say then we won’t publish it. I guess the 1st ammendment is only for them.

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Mar 4, 2012
10:53 am UTC

I took the time and agreed to share my yahoo information with rueters in order to post and I’m looked down upoon because its my first comment. gee I hope I earn enough points so I can state my opion. sorry that new commenters aren’t worthy, maybe if we only use your website and build up enough comments on articles that we don’t really care about we will have enough points to be able to make a comment, great system hope it works out for you.

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Mar 5, 2012
10:00 am UTC

“Most of our readers are business professionals who value their time highly. We believe they want comments that are as rewarding to read as they are to write.” Well let me ask you this: How much “time” does it take a bussiness proffessional [sic – IWPCHI] to NOT read a comment, to simply skip over it if they are not interested? As you may have gathered by the majority of comments – no one here is buying your lame excuses for censoring the comments section. The only fair thing to do is allow all comments (with the exception of spam, and profanity maybe) or do away with the comments section all together.

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Mar 5, 2012
2:40 pm UTC

A VIP preference for commenting smacks of censorship. It’s one thing to eliminate comments that are not tasteful but when it’s clear the comment is civil and informed -why the delay? In the end you’ll end up loosing some of the most interesting people
who come to your site.

[End of examples – IWPCHI]

Well, of course, it’s not about providing an open discussion at all: it’s about providing an environment that their most important readers – “business professionals” – with a product that they will enjoy reading.  Everyone else can take their commentary elsewhere.  Very democratic, eh?

We had the exact same thing happen to us today on the website of “The Independent”, a major bourgeois press newspaper from London.  We wasted our time jumping through the hoops to sign up for permission to comment to a thing called “Disqus”, filed our comment and… waited all day in vain to see it posted.  (The article is entitled  “North Korea’s ‘Dear Leader’ Kim Jong-il ‘died in fit of rage over dam that had sprung a leak'”.  The discussion focused around US/NATO-sponsored “Axis of Evil” propaganda over the economic crisis and famine that took place in North Korea in the mid-to-late 1990s after the USSR collapsed and aid to NK was cut off by the repulsive, pro-capitalist Yeltsin regime.  Our comment was:

“Perhaps before you all argue over how it occurred, you should take a look at the Wikipedia article on the  “North Korean famine”. It turns out that the famine was in fact caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union – a historic betrayal of the workers of the USSR and the world by the Stalinist leadership of the USSR – as well as a series of unprecedented massive floods which combined to wipe out North Korean agriculture. On top of that, add the US/NATO countries’ sanctions and you have the North Korean regime – due to circumstances mostly far beyond its control – faced with a very dire situation leading to a tragic outcome.  No nation could pass through economic crises of that magnitude without very serious consequences resulting therefrom.

“As far as the hyperbolic statement that ‘1,000,000 people’ ‘starved to death’ due to this famine: the death toll is simply not known by anyone but the North Koreans. Wikipedia says that figures bandied about range from as few as 200,000 to 3.5 million; but no matter how many people died, the famine was an enormous tragedy for a very heroic country which has suffered tremendously at the hands of Japanese and (later) US imperialism since the 1930s, through absolutely no fault of its own. North Korea has never threatened the US in any way and it does not threaten the US or any other country today – except perhaps South Korea, which, lest we forget, it remains officially at war with.  North Korea, like any other country, has every right to defend itself against military attacks from anyone; but they have a particularly strong case for the right to defend themselves by any means necessary from attacks originating from the two nations which have repeatedly actually slaughtered millions of Korean and Chinese civilians over the past three-quarters of a century: the Japanese and the United States – and the US puppet regime in South Korea.  The US – which hypocritically pretends to mourn for every “poor North Korean” who died in the ’90s famine – ruthlessly butchered hundreds of thousands of Korean civilians, “North” and “South” during the Korean War.  Look up “The Bridge at No Gun Ri” for US soldiers first-hand accounts of how they were ordered to kill civilians in that brutal “forgotten” war.  That was just one of the many war crimes committed by the US against North Korea.  US Generals bragged about how they had napalmed every single village in North Korea from Seoul to the Chinese border, burning hundreds of thousands of civilians to death in the process.  So let’s not hear any more of this tripe about how much the “democracies” of the West care about the quality of civilian life in North Korea.

“It it a far too common practice to ‘forget’ the war crimes committed by one’s ‘own’ country, but never to hesitate to throw around the most outrageous and unfounded accusations against ‘enemy’ countries.

“Read Bruce Cumings’ excellent books ‘North Korea: Another Country’ and ‘The Korean War: A History’
for a very balanced account of recent Korean history and the massive war crimes committed by the Japanese and US against all of Korea from 1931 to the present day.
Independent Workers Party of Chicago
iwpchi.wordpress.com”

Once again, a reasoned, pro-North Korean opinion is effectively censored by the staff of “The Independent”, simply by either deleting the comment or by posting it, perhaps, hours later when the conversation has effectively ended and/or the number of comments has reached such an astronomically high number that it is pointless to even try to read them all.  Censorship accomplished!  Congratulations!  The message is: “The capitalist world is the best of all possible worlds, and there are no alternatives to it!  Obey your masters and  their laws and you will enjoy eternal joy in heaven after you are dead!”

This is why access to the Internet is so important, and why the long-running  US government assault on privacy is so important: by scaring the populace into believing that everything they say or do or read on the Internet will be reviewable at any time by the police agents of the capitalist class and will be used against the workers, the US government hopes that it can scare people away from websites like this one – or at least keep them from having the courage to “like” or comment on these types of sites.

And it works, too, doesn’t it?  It apparently works on most of you who read this blog!  Our website has had several thousand visitors since we established it last spring – and we have a grand total of 34 comments in eight months!

Your ability to speak and think freely is being taken away from you; or, rather, you, by refusing to demand your rights and by refusing to exercise those you do still have, are wantonly abandoning your rights to the capitalist wolves who wish to turn you into an obedient debt peon, because it’s easier to give up your rights than it is to defend them.    And you have no right to surrender these rights without a fight, because your ancestors fought and died for them… and if you won’t defend your rights starting RIGHT NOW, your children and grandchildren will have to fight and die to regain those rights you so slavishly surrender today.   There is no way for you to avoid responsibility for this, sisters and brothers.  If you continue to sit on the sidelines of this battle, watching people like the  Anarchist youth that were sent to jail last year for standing up for YOUR rights get railroaded; if you will sit there like a couch potato and watch WikiLeaks get destroyed by the capitalist state that wants to keep its many crimes hidden from your view;  if you will sit there like a good little consumer and watch Bradley Manning get tortured and then jailed for decades for daring to tell YOU the TRUTH about the US capitalists’ wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; if you will go to work like a good little wage slave every day and keep your head down and ignore what’s happening to your fellow Chicagoan, Jeremy Hammond, facing decades in jail for the “crime” of exposing how private companies are making billions of dollars by undermining workers organizations fighting for YOUR rights – the number of cases like these have been steadily rising while you’ve been evading your responsibilities, “brothers and sisters”! –  then most assuredly your children and grandchildren will be forced to fight for their lives against a US police state so monstrous it would make George Orwell gasp for air.  And when your children and grandchildren trace back the origins of that police state to YOU and your MULISH INDIFFERENCE to the massive human suffering that took place while your generation was in power… well let’s just say that whenever the subject comes up they will express their tremendous contempt of their cowardly ancestors who bequeathed them such a world and such a monumental struggle and leave it at that.

The time during which this dystopian future can be not just avoided but turned around and a world worthy of bringing children into can be created to replace it is running out quickly.  You’d better get your ass of those couches, potatoes, before they all catch fire under your sorry asses and you become just a few  hundred million burnt french fries in the WWIII Fryolator – which is exactly where we are ALL headed if we workers don’t get off our asses and GET BUSY ORGANIZING OURSELVES to overthrow the capitalist system!

Clicking on the “Like” button is not enough!  Retweeting a post from a revolutionary workers’ website is not enough!  Honking the horn on your mobile couch in impotent faux “solidarity” as you and a car full of your potato-friends zip past a demonstration of worker-activists is NOT ENOUGH!  You must commit yourselves, your lives and your money to this goal of a more just egalitarian society for yourselves and your children or IT WILL NOT COME TO PASS!  Get involved, NOW!

IWPCHI