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“I See What You’re Doing”

Here’s one of the pieces I’m going to show at “Art Mama Moves”, a group show opening next week in Fort Lauderdale. The details are here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1485781201518746/

And I’ve been working on a  statement to read there. Here’s what I’ve got…
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I appreciate so much anyone who speaks out against any kind of abuse, and right now, all the women currently speaking out against sexualized abuse in the workplace. Just naming it for what it is, is a huge accomplishment. We were silenced for far too long.

When I was in my teens and twenties, 30+ years ago, workplace sexual harassment (as well as “date rape”) weren’t even socially recognized concepts. So when they happened, the only way to deal with it was on an individual basis, with little or no support. At work, choices were limited: do we confront the creep, which might put us in a perpetual state of war with him and maybe also everyone else in the place, get us labeled as a troublemaker, and risk losing the job? Or we could try to avoid being alone around him, but stay in a constant state of anxiety and silent rage, and leave if it got worse. Or we could normalize it, convince ourselves that nothing’s wrong, and start drinking too much.

 

When I was 19, at one job interview I was told straight out that the job included sex with the owner, and if I had a problem with that I shouldn’t even bother applying. Back then, the only option I saw was to leave in disgust. Hell, even as recently as a couple years ago, one of my clients decided to parade around in only a towel during a work meeting. I dropped him as a client, but never confronted him about it. I was embarrassed and didn’t want to seem intolerant. Like many women, I was so conditioned in codependency that I dreaded making him feel uncomfortable more than I cared about my own discomfort — how twisted is that???

But there is courage and strength in numbers. With back up, we can do so much more. We can crush those creepy fuckers. I hope this new spirit of defiance spreads to every workplace in the whole damn world.

The fact that these accusations are spreading like wildfire, forces society to name this abuse for what it is, and acknowledge its pervasiveness. There’s no longer any excuse for saying it’s no big deal. There’s no longer any excuse for not backing up your coworker who makes a complaint.

The only way to stop abusers is to make them face extremely unpleasant consequences. They only stop when they’re forced to. Until now, being a workplace predator usually didn’t entail consequences for him; only for his victims. But today we have the chance to say: you’re done. Your career is over. Everyone fucking hates you. This time it’s not MY life being ruined – it’s YOURS.

The spotlight on this issue may seem sudden, but it’s the culmination of many years of patient organizing and speaking out with little result. Now a tipping point has finally been reached. Organizers around many issues – homophobia, civil rights, police brutality, ecocide – toil for decades before crimes finally become widely seen as such, and can no longer be ignored. This doesn’t mean they’re resolved – far from it – but it’s a necessary step toward that possibility.

The “me too” movement makes me think about what other kinds of normalized systemic abuse might come to be seen for the crimes they are, might reach that tipping point and suddenly become unaccepted. If we’ll one day say to some corporate polluter: you really fucked up, your career is ruined, you’re never going to work again. That we’ll say: you put a cancer-causing chemical in people’s food, you cut down trees to build a mall for your own profit, you crafted a law against distributing food to homeless people, you denied someone health care, you threatened humanity with nuclear annihilation – you’re going DOWN!

How far could this go? Let’s dream big. Why not go for taking down the entire fucking capitalist system, the root of so much misery and oppression?

To make that possible, another normalized workplace violation needs to be exposed for the crime that it is, so that, too, it can no longer be ignored, excused, or tolerated. That crime is profiting off the labor of others. That crime is exploitation.

Imagine if we heard people on TV saying: “I was denied the means to obtain food or shelter unless I agreed to do whatever business owners asked of me for eight or ten or sixteen hours a day, and when I complied, I was only paid a small fraction of the value that I produced, and they stole all the rest for themselves.” And then imagine that instead of everyone going, “Eh, that’s just how it is, deal with it,” that mass outrage spread like wildfire. And then imagine that everyone subjected to these criminal acts began refusing to accept it, and that a majority of the population supported their resistance. Imagine the exploiters disgraced, isolated, driven from our midst. The way that everything humanity produces would have to change. Think about what else could melt away once that happened: wealth inequality, imperialism, ecocide. The control that capitalists currently have over the world would be broken.

Today, workers who speak out against exploitation are not generally listened to. They’re labeled complainers and troublemakers. They’re told that their abuse is not a problem, but a normal and necessary function of human society. They are told to suck it up and take their heartache to the bar on the weekend.

Sound familiar?

But we should consider it a badge of honor to be a troublemaker against abuse and exploitation. Let’s all be troublemakers. Let’s stop protecting or being loyal to our oppressors, our exploiters, our enemies. Call out their crimes for what they are, name the abusers and their violations against us, and stand up for each other in increasing numbers until justice can no longer be denied – until we can deprive predators of every systemic structure that has allowed them to exist.

Continue reading “I See What You’re Doing”

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“FtL PoP” — a new tropical pop art collection

I’ve been working on some new prints and line art to sell at the studio, online, and on the beach (I just got a license for the latter). These are in a similar visual style as many of my comics and the Affirmations calendar — colorful and with a lot of cute animals.

They’re inspired by the beautiful tropical plants and amazing creatures of South Florida. I was born here, and so was my dad. My great-grandparents are buried in a graveyard withing walking distance of where I live. I love this place, and it kills me to see it being systematically destroyed by overdevelopment, pollution, and sea level rise.

Maybe if more people appreciate how unique and gorgeous this area is, more will be motivated to protect it. I hope I can make some small difference in helping people see it that way.

Instagram & Facebook: @FtLPoP

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A Personal Note

I’ve been in a major transition period, going through some significant  changes in my life during the past year or so.

First, a wonderful person came into my life, and we fell in love. Chris is my soul mate.

Second, Workers Power became the main political initiative I’m involved with. It’s not perfect or big, and has many ups and downs, but I fit there, and believe the world is better with it than without it.

Third, I’ve been reflecting a lot on my life and work, confronting and trying to overcome habits like co-dependency, people-pleasing, dogmatism and arrogance. I’ve always had a hard time being openly myself (insofar as that’s possible in this social context), as opposed to what I’ve been convinced to believe I “should” be. I regret the damage that’s done to myself and others…but I’m learning and evolving.

Fourth, I’ve stopped drawing editorial cartoons and commissioned illustrations for a living. I didn’t want to keep working on others’ projects while neglecting my own, and too many clients demanded more compromises of message than I was willing to concede.

Fifth, my friend Eric generously left me a gift when he died, of enough money to open an art studio. While Chris still works as a truck driver, he’s also involved in the studio with me. We hold classes and events, while practicing and improving our artistic skills, and we’re working hard to make it grow enough to support us.

Finally, I have many projects and plans in mind and in progress, both political and not directly so. Among them: to pull together a lot of scattered work I’ve already done and make it easily available.

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New kids' book: Songbird, Fly!

I’m illustrating an adorable rhyming story by Chris Burns. I’ll post the pages as they’re finished, 3 times a week for the next few months, and then they’ll be compiled as a book. Here’s a preview:

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Some things I learned in 2016:

* Beliefs may change. Principles don’t.
* Some weeds shouldn’t be allowed to establish themselves.
* True love and happiness are real and possible, if we stay open and attentive and daring and lucky.
* Past conditioning can be overcome.
* It’s ok to just have fun sometimes, in spite of concurrent global catastrophes etc.
* It’s not ok to avoid communicating that something is wrong, when it is.
* A build-up of contradiction, if not mitigated, will burst.
* Letting go is a necessary part of transformation and renewal.
* Death is everywhere, and inevitable, and so is life.
* To non-workers, the working class is virtually invisible, and most non-workers like it that way.
* Capitalism is ultra-scary and dangerous, but the people are smart and brave and creative and resilient.
* Anything can happen. What we do is the only part of that equation that we have any control over.

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5 "Solutions" to America's Poison Water Crisis

I have a comic today in Forbes — not my usual kind of venue! 🙂
http://www.forbes.com/sites/cartoonoftheday/2016/02/25/cartoon-5-solutions-to-americas-poison-water-crisis-that-will-make-it-even-worse/#3fb1073a528a

Here’s the first part:
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See the whole thing:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/cartoonoftheday/2016/02/25/cartoon-5-solutions-to-americas-poison-water-crisis-that-will-make-it-even-worse/#3fb1073a528a

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New item: "Revolutionary Proletarian Militant" patch!

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Patch – “Revolutionary Proletarian Militant”

Wear your politics on your sleeve with this embroidered patch featuring Bunnista. It can be either ironed or sewn on. Diameter: 3″.

$6 each; $25 for each multiple of five – FREE shipping in US.


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Website is FUBAR

Hi everyone,

I pressed the wrong button a few days ago, and totally messed up this website. The comics have vanished. You can still read blog posts…

Arrgh.

I’ll fix it as soon as I can. Sorry for any inconvenience! Please come back soon.

Best wishes,

Stephanie

[UPDATE 1/5/16: Finally fixed it!! Thanks to the instructions provided by Frumph at comiceasel.com!]

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3 recent audio interviews

Here are 3 recent interviews:

November 22: I talked with Derrick Jensen on Resistance Radio (prn.fm) about the “Daily Affirmations for Revolutionary Proletarian Militants” —
http://prn.fm/resistance-radio-stephanie-mcmillan-11-22-15/

November 20: I talked with Richard Estes on “Speaking in Tongues” (kdvs 90.3 fm in Davis, CA) about why NGOs suck —
http://169.237.101.62/archives/2015-11-20_3775_320kbps.mp3

November 19: Sarah Cruz (One Struggle/Miami) and I talked with Devon Bowers of the Hampton Institute. Sarah talked about elections, and I talked about surplus value —
http://www.hamptoninstitution.org/podcastportal.html

 

 

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"Daily Affirmations for Revolutionary Militants" calendars are here!

“Cute in a class war kinda way.”
–Bryan Ellis

[EDITED 11/10 to include INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING]

After a year of drawing, months of putting them together, and more months of waiting, the “Daily Affirmations for Revolutionary Militants” perpetual calendars finally arrived and are now available! Photos of their arrival are below. I’ve already started shipping out the first orders. My home has been converted temporarily into a warehouse/mail center.

I want to thank, again, the many readers and friends who helped make these possible first by asking me to make them, and then funding the initial production run through Kickstarter. I appreciate all your support and encouragement!

“For that revolutionary who has everything – or more likely wants almost nothing, this is the right present. Stephanie McMillan’s work is clever, accessible and right on. Arm chair liberals can pass on this one; if you are scared by the artist calling herself a “revolutionary” this is the wrong desk calendar for you. If you think radical, militant protest and action is necessary to keep this world from imploding at the hands of industrial capitalism, this calendar is for you.”

–Paxus Calta Star

3 pallets of calendars arrive by truck.
3 pallets of calendars arrive by truck.
They're unloaded...
They’re unloaded…
150 boxes of ten each!
150 boxes of ten each!
And they look great!
And they look great!

$20 each; $35 for two. + $6 shipping in US (for each one; that’s the actual cost). For international shipping, the price also reflects the actual cost.


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Anti-imperialist event in MA last week

Here’s a photo from an event last week in the Berkshires, MA, hosted by the anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist organization Lukolo (http://lukolo.blogspot.com/).

Maggie and Sam of Lukolo gave an overview with powerful personal testimony. I followed with a comics slide show defining imperialism and anti-imperialism. Then Kiki Makandal of the Batay Ouvriye Solidarity Network (NYC) finished it up by talking about the specific impact of US imperialism on Haiti, and the struggle against it.

This is especially timely since the 100th anniversary of the first US invasion of Haiti is coming up on July 28. On this occasion, we should renew our determination to stand with the masses of Haiti and fight against all forms of US domination, whether it is perpetrated through manipulative trade agreements, puppet politicians, NGOs, military occupation (including by proxy), so-called “aid” that destroys agricultural economies, resource dispossession and extraction, land theft for tourism, and the straight-up exploitation of workers in sweatshops.

The discussion was wide-ranging, and we all learned from it. The initiation of Lukolo is another positive step toward building something we really need in the US: a broad, non-sectarian anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist mass movement!

June 2 2015 audience pic

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Final stretch! And a bunny on your sleeve: patches as a stretch goal

We’re in the last few days days of the “Affirmations” calendar Kickstarter campaign — it ends at 8 p.m. (eastern time) this Friday! It’s going well, but will need a final push to get it over the top.

To help put it there, I’ve added a stretch goal of Revolutionary Proletarian Militant patches! The design is below.

Thanks so much to all who’ve pledged and shared this campaign so far with your friends and networks! If you’d like to share it further, here’s a conveniently short link: http://kck.st/1RuqHrk

With your help, the Affirmations calendar will become a reality, helping inspire us every day to stay on track and do our revolutionary thing.

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Updates: Left Forum table + Affirmations multi-packs for friends & fam!

The Kickstarter campaign for the “Daily Affirmations for Revolutionary Militants” desk calendar has reached the half-way-point — thank you so much to all who have helped the project get this far! There’s another 17 days and a ways to go, so it would really help if you could continue to share/retweet/repost this link with your networks: http://kck.st/1RuqHrk

In response to several requests, I’ve added reward categories for those who’d like to get multiple copies to share with friends and family. A $60 pledge gets 5 copies (you save $40), and a $110 pledge gets 10 (you save $90). Those who have already pledged can change to these, if you so desire.

A few more updates:

My interview with Mark Hand about these Affirmations was posted on TruthOut yesterday, here: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/30859-feeling-trapped-in-a-dead-end-system-cartoonist-stephanie-mcmillan-s-affirmations-encourage-resistance

At Left Forum in NYC this weekend (May 29-31), I’ll be at a table in the Exhibitors section pretty much the whole time. It’s listed as “Proletarian Alternative & WW3 Magazine” (we’re sharing). If you’re there, please stop by!

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Interview in Counterpunch

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/05/18/feeling-trapped-in-a-dead-end-system/
May 18, 2015

Feeling Trapped in a Dead-End System?
Cartoonist Stephanie McMillan’s Affirmations Encourage Resistance

by MARK HAND

Activists and organizers for social change undoubtedly experience periods of burnout. Working long hours — typically without pay and little appreciation — on campaigns, issues and causes where victories are few and far between can be demoralizing. Some activists get so frustrated with the perceived lack of results from their hard work, the divisions within the Left, and the rampant apathy among the general public that they give up entirely and retreat from activism.

2014-10-30-get-seriousCartoonist, writer and organizer Stephanie McMillan saw the depression, feelings of hopelessness and other difficulties faced by her fellow activists. And she wanted to do something to help people overcome these. So she started writing uplifting messages to empower individuals to continue working for a better world. She calls her inspirational messages “Daily Affirmations for the Revolutionary Proletarian Militant.” Similar to the memorable characters in her popular comic strips Minimum Security and Code Green, McMillan’s affirmations are accompanied by cute and colorful animals, plants and insects.

McMillan is almost finished writing 365 affirmations, and when she puts the final touches on the last one, she hopes to gather them all up and offer the entire collection as a 365-day perpetual desk calendar. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native is holding a campaign that ends June 12 to raise enough money to get the calendars printed.

In mid-May, a few days after McMillan launched her fundraising campaign, I asked her why she decided to write these affirmations. The conversation then moved on to broader questions about living in a world filled with barriers to positive change.

Mark Hand: When did you start writing and drawing the Daily Affirmations for Revolutionary Proletarian Militants?

Stephanie McMillan: I started on January 1, 2014, to provide an alternative for revolutionaries to the same old New Year’s resolutions. I intended to post them every day for a year, but some of them straggled into 2015. I’m finishing up the final 34 this month, daily through June 12, to wind up with 365 on the final day of the Kickstarter campaign.

MH: What inspired you to write them?

SM: Capitalists constantly push us to want things that keep us trapped in the system and obsessed with trivialities that distract us from resistance. All kinds of support is available if we strive to make money, worship a god, lose weight, find romance.

But there is a huge lack of inspirational literature to encourage and uplift people whose lives are dedicated to social transformation. Most writing on the Left is theoretical and political — these are obviously crucial, but there isn’t much that addresses us on the ideological level, on helping us change our ways of thinking so we stay strong, on track, and motivated, that helps us establish standards of behavior that serve our goals. All we hear is the constant barrage of capitalist ideology telling us that we’re wrong, our aspirations are impossible, we’re crazy to try, and “we can’t beat ‘em, might as well join ‘em. No wonder many people feel so hopeless, depressed and overwhelmed.

I started writing the Affirmations to bolster my own resolve and strategic optimism, and when I started sharing them, I saw that they filled a strong need for many others as well. So I decided to draw them regularly.
Continue reading Interview in Counterpunch

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Odds are good!

The “Daily Affirmations for Revolutionary Proletarian Militants” calendar Kickstarter campaign had a great first week! The odds of making the goal are pretty good for any project that reaches 30% funding in the first quarter of its campaign, and this one reached it in 3 days. So I’m hopeful of success!

Next week I’ll add one or two more reward packages. One backer, Michelle Reyf, suggested including a level where people can get 5 copies to give to friends, which is a great idea. She says (quoted with permission) :

“Stephanie, every time I read one of your affirmations, I want to shout it from the rooftops and tattoo it where I can see it everyday. You have a gift – and now I can pass it on. I’m supporting your calendar because it empowers us to share something delightful and special and revolutionary – something aligned with our deepest values and vision of who we are and the world we want.”

It’s incredibly gratifying to know that my work is useful and encouraging for those working for social change.

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Calendar funding starts today — your help would be much appreciated!

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Today is the launch of my Kickstarter campaign to fund 365-day perpetual calendars featuring “Daily Affirmations for Revolutionary Proletarian Militants!” Here’s the link:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stephaniemcmillan/365-affirmations-for-revolutionary-militants-desk

I would appreciate it very much if you would share this link with your friends and networks. And of course, if you’d like to help fund it by pre-ordering your own calendar, that would be great too! The first 50 backers can get the calendar at $5 off the retail price.

Kickstarter is a crowd-funding service that offers independent creators an avenue to receive funding pledges in exchange for pre-orders and other rewards. Backers decide how much to pledge, with funds only going through if a target threshold is met.

Kickstarter is all or nothing: if I don’t secure $11,000 in pledges and pre-orders by June 12, printing will not go ahead and you will not be charged. So it will only be produced if enough people really want it to be.

THE CALENDAR

The “Daily Affirmations for Revolutionary Proletarian Militants” perpetual calendar will be spiral bound with a stand so you can display it on your desk (or wherever). It will feature 365 full-color drawings with inspirational messages for those who define success as overthrowing the capitalist system. Each day you can flip to a new page for guidance and encouragement on the revolutionary path. You’ll be able to re-use it year after year.

Thousands have enjoyed these Affirmations online, and many have written to me to ask for a printed calendar. The print run will be 1,500 copies. A photo mock-up is below (along with today’s Affirmation).

Thanks so much for your help and support!

Solidarity!
Stephanie
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P.S.: Here’s a shortened url to help spread the word on Twitter, Facebook etc: http://kck.st/1RuqHrk

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#ThrowbackThursday

U.S. Hands Off the Haitian People Coalition (which later became One Struggle — onestruggle.net), Miami, early-to-mid-1990s. I always carried a big heavy bag of leaflets everywhere I went! (Still rarely go anywhere without at least a few, just in case).

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May 6-June 11, 2015: sign up for my free newsletter and get "Daily Affirmations for Revolutionary Militants" sent to your inbox daily!

My newsletter usually consists of event announcements and a selection of comics and writing, sent out approximately once a week. But if you sign up now, before June 11, it will also include:

  • A daily email May 11-June 12 with of the last 33 “Daily Affirmations for Revolutionary Proletarian Militants” that I’m drawing for my upcoming 365-day calendar.
  • Tomorrow’s Affirmation today — they’ll be sent to you a day before they’re posted in public!
  • A free ebook (pdf) “100 Daily Affirmations for Revolutionary Proletarian Militants” (usually $3).


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Coming soon: perpetual calendar "Daily Affirmations for Revolutionary Proletarian Militants"

Many people have asked for a calendar of “Daily Affirmations for Revolutionary Proletarian Militants.” I’m thinking about doing a Kickstarter project soon, for a 365-day perpetual calendar like the photo below. [EDITED 5/6: Due to the great response to this proposal, I’ve decided to go for it! Please check back on Monday May 11 for details].

I have 35 more drawings to do to reach 365. If you have suggestions for particular topics that I should include, toward inspiring and encouraging revolutionary militants to stay on the path of struggle against capitalism, please feel free to send them to me at steph@minimumsecurity.net. Thanks!

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Success! Yannick Etienne's report on the RRN campaign last week

From Yannick:

We are very grateful for all the support and solidarity we have received from a lot of individuals and organizations. This kind of support is very important and strengthens our conviction and our determination to keep up the struggle till the end. This kind of support also shows the internationalist nature of the struggles we are engaged in and the importance of international solidarity. The capitalists and imperialists have formed their own camp and alliances, we must stand united in our own camp to confront them.

We want to underscore that our response was very effective. The organizations that we asked to be targeted by protest messages, CNOHA and its president, Dominique St Eloi, received a lot of messages. In a meeting between different organizations concerning this matter, they asked Batay Ouvriye to request the suspension of the solidarity messages.
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Speak out against assassination attempt on Batay Ouvriye's Yannick Etienne!

Yannick72Hi everyone,

Two days ago I was outraged to hear of an attempt on the life of Yannick Etienne of Batay Ouvriye (Workers Fight) in Haiti. Below is a statement from the Rapid Response Network about it, which I’m trying to spread wherever I can. Please take a moment to read it, and if you agree, to participate as specified at the end, and share with friends. I’ve met Yannick several times and have been hugely inspired by her integrity and courage; indeed by everyone in Batay Ouvriye that I’ve had the good fortune to come in contact with. Her life is completely dedicated to the struggle of the international working class against capitalism. If we want that too, we need to take a stand to defend her and her work.

In the coming days there is a plan to gather and distribute more information, including an audio interview with Yannick. I’ll send those out too.

Solidarity,

Stephanie

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RRNlogoUrgent: take action with the Rapid Response Network!

*Militant union organizer attacked in Port-au-Prince*

Back Off, Thugs: We Will Defend Yannick Etienne!

On January 30, an assassination attempt was made on Yannick Etienne, a militant of Batay Ouvriye (Workers Fight), in the SONAPI industrial zone of Port-au-Prince. The perpetrators were flunkies of the NGO/yellow union CNOHA (Central National Workers of Haiti).
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Counterpunch: a very nice review of "Capitalism Must Die!" (and interview)

Cartoonist and Journalist Stephanie McMillan Provides a User-Friendly Guide
How to Stop Capitalism in its Tracks

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/05/how-to-stop-capitalism-in-its-tracks/

by MARK HAND

If capitalism keeps chugging along, we’re all in big trouble. That’s the prognosis of Stephanie McMillan, an award-winning political cartoonist and author of the new book, Capitalism Must Die! A Basic Introduction to Capitalism: What It Is, Why It Sucks, and How to Crush It.

The most urgent reason to stop capitalism in its tracks, according to McMillan, is its prominent role in harming the planet. Capitalism possesses an inherent growth imperative. This means that the normal functioning of capitalism is causing water shortages, ailing oceans, destroyed forests and ruined topsoil.

But even if an ecological catastrophe weren’t upon us, capitalism would still need to be dismantled because it’s based on exploitation, McMillan said in an interview. “There’s no reason why the social result of production needs to be in private hands and that only a few people should own what everybody produces,” she said.

McMillan uses her book to introduce and popularize basic concepts of revolutionary theory. “I wanted to provide something that was accessible to people, that people wouldn’t be afraid to pick up,” she said. But once they pick it up, readers will find a “doorway into deeper levels of theory because we always need to learn more about the system,” she explained.
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Statements from workers in Haiti to workers in Bangladesh

Last year when I met some members of the Bangladesh Trade Union Federation near Dhaka, I brought a solidarity letter from the autonomous organization Batay Ouvriye (Workers Fight), in Haiti. The Bangladeshi workers responded with a message in return, and a photograph raising their fists in an expression of working class unity.

The message was translated into Kreyol and sent to Haiti shortly afterward. Then last month I participated in events organized by unions of Batay Ouvriye in three areas: Port-au-Prince, Cap Haitien, and Caracol. The workers in each place (mostly garment workers, but others too) requested that their photographs and statements of internationalist solidarity be sent to the workers of the BTUF. The statements have been translated into Bangla, and are below, along with photos.

হাইতির শ্রমিক শ্রেণীর পক্ষ থেকে, আমরা, হাইতির উত্তরাঞ্চলের শ্রমিকরা, বাংলাদেশের শ্রমিকদের সাথে সংহতি প্রকাশ করছি । আমরা তাদের বলতে চাই, যে লড়াই আপনারা গড়ে তুলছেন, আমরা হাইতিতেও অভিন্ন লড়াই গড়ে তুলছি । এটাই অদ্বৈত সংগ্রাম । আমাদের সবার উপর সাম্রাজ্যবাদী শক্তিসমূহ তার শক্তি প্রয়োগ করে চলেছে । আপনাদের মত আমরাও নির্যাতিত । আমাদের কাজ করে যেতে হবে যাতে শ্রমিক শ্রেণী বিশ্বব্যাপী অভিন্ন দৃষ্টিভঙ্গি নিয়ে, অভিন্ন লড়াই গড়ে তুলে, যতক্ষণ পর্যন্ত না আমরা পুঁজিবাদী ব্যবস্থা উচ্ছেদ করতে পারছি। আমাদের দরকার পুঁজিবাদী ব্যবস্থা মোকাবেলার জন্য, বিশ্বব্যাপী শ্রমিকদের ঐক্য।
পুঁজিবাদ নিপাত যাক।
বিশ্বব্যাপী শ্রমিক শ্রেণীর লড়াই, দীর্ঘজীবি হোক ।

In the name of the Haitian working class, we, workers in northern Haiti, stand in solidarity with workers in Bangladesh. We wish to tell them that the struggle they are waging in Bangladesh is the same struggle we are waging here in Haiti. It’s ONE STRUGGLE. The imperialist forces are projecting their power on us all. We are victims of it as much as you are also victims of it. However, we have to work so that the working class worldwide builds unity in the same worldview to wage the same struggle until we can overthrow the capitalist system. We need a worldwide workers’ union to confront the capitalist system.
Down with capitalism!
Long live the working class struggle worldwide!

সকোয়া সংহতি প্রকাশ
আমার নাম জ্যাক, হাইতির সকোয়া (Union at Codevi, Free Trade Zone) ইউনিয়নের সদস্য । আমরা , সকোয়া জাতীয় ও আন্তর্জাতিক পরিসরে অন্যান্য সংগঠনের সাথে ঐক্যবদ্ধভাবে আন্দোলনকে এগিয়ে নিয়ে যাচ্ছি। আমরা শ্রমিক শ্রেণী, বিভিন্ন দেশে, বছরের পর বছর, এমনকি এখনও, যারা অবদমিত এবং যাদের সংগ্রাম করার অধিকার নেই। অইসব দেশগুলোর মধ্যে বাংলাদেশের শ্রমিকরা নিজেদের মধ্যে ঐক্য গড়ে তুলছে। আমাদের বিজয়ের প্রতীক হিসাবে ছবিট তোলা হয়েছে। আমাদের শৃঙ্খল না ভাঙ্গা পর্যন্ত অবশ্যই আন্দোলন চালিয়ে যেতে হবে।
দুনিয়ার মজদুর , এক হও।

SOKOWA Solidarity Statement

My name is Jacques, member of the SOKOWA (Union of CODEVI Workers in Ouanaminthe) union in Haiti. We in SOKOWA are aligning ourselves with other organizations to move the struggle forward nationally and internationally. We, the workers in the working class in various countries, for years until now, have been victims of intimidation and repression in our struggles. Among such countries is Bangladesh where workers are kept from uniting themselves. Thus, the photo taken as a symbol of solidarity represents a victory for us. We must continue to struggle together until we break our chains.
Workers of the world, unite!

PortAuPrince
Port-au-Prince

CapHaitien
Cap Haitien

Caracol
Caracol, Ouanaminthe

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Capital, surplus value and accumulation

Several new posts about capital, surplus value and accumulation posted by INIP, the publishing entity I work with that has the purpose of popularizing proletarian theory:

A brief definition of proletarian revolution (by Jan Makandal):
http://koleksyon-inip.org/a-brief-definition-of-proletarian-revolution/

A historical materialist definition of capital:
http://koleksyon-inip.org/a-historical-materialist-definition-of-capital/

A synopsis of accumulation:
http://koleksyon-inip.org/a-synopsis-of-accumulation/

On value (by Kiki Makandal):
http://koleksyon-inip.org/on-value/

A brief discussion of the origin of surplus value:
http://koleksyon-inip.org/a-brief-discussion-of-the-origin-of-surplus-value/

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Photos of recent events

Comics Journalism panel, at AAEC (Association of American Editorial Cartoonists) convention, October 10, San Francisco. With Jack Ohman, Susie Cagle, Patrick Chappatte, Andy Warner, Dan Archer, Dan Carino, and Mark Fiore. Photo by Jenny Robb:

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Preparing for the Cartoon Death Match, October 9, Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco. With Ron Turner, Mark Fiore, Don Asmussen, and Vishvajit Singh. (I won!) Photo by JP Trostle:

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“War, Imperialism, and Oppression… and Resistance,” cartoon presentation with Ted Rall and David Klein, October 15, CSUN (California State University at Northridge):

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Reading a solidarity statement at an event celebrating the 2-year anniversary of SOKOWA (Autonomous Union of Workers at Codevi, Ouanaminthe), November 12:

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Earth at Risk, panel on Capitalism and Sociopathy, with Charles Derber, Derrick Jensen, and Stan Goff. November 23, San Francisco:

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Fight for $15 march through a Burger King, December 4, Miami:

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Scope Art Show, Dec. 4-7, Miami Beach. I had a few original drawings here from “The Beginning of the American Fall” (about Occupy):

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The Deadly Reign of the Animate Object: Capitalism and Sociopathy

Stephanie McMillan, 11/23/14
(Presented at Earth at Risk conference, San Francisco)

[also posted by Burnpile Press: http://burnpilepress.org/uncategorized/the-deadly-reign-of-the-animate-object-capitalism-and-sociopathy/

We all know that capitalism is killing the world. In order to stop it, we can’t just keep resisting its effects. Capitalism doesn’t care if we protest on street corners a thousand times; that just proves how tolerant and democratic it is. The solutions are not to be found within its framework. They are even less to be found at the individual level. We don’t actually have power as consumers – they would like us to think we do, but we can’t buy, or not buy, our way out of it. It is a social system, a class system, and can only be addressed at the level of collective, organized class struggle. We need to understand capital, how it works, the mechanisms that keep it in place, and the core of its functioning.

Capitalism is a mode of production based on the exploitation of labor in the generation of surplus value. This means that workers are paid a certain amount of wages for a day’s work, but what they produce is worth more than that. The extra value is called surplus value, and the capitalist just steals it. This is what all profit is based on. This is what private property is all about – its considered normal for the social means of production, the factories and land that produce the things we all use, to be privately owned, and for those owners to simply take whatever is produced with them.
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"Knitting Circle Rapist Annihilation Squad" patches available again

I ran out of these patches, but ordered some more. They should be here by 12/18 or so, for those who want to order them.

By the way, if anyone is looking for somewhere to get patches made, the place I get these is great: the Patch Superstore: http://patchsuperstore.com/. Bill, the sales guy, is very nice and helpful. They’re on top of things, and do a great job. I recommend them.

Meanwhile, an article about a real-life knitting circle who recently stopped a serial rapist: http://jezebel.com/after-protest-alleged-serial-rapist-teen-arrested-in-n-1665787711


Patch – “The Knitting Circle Rapist Annihilation Squad”

This embroidered patch is the same as on the cover of the novel. It can be either ironed or sewn on. Measurements: 3.5″ x 3″.

$6 each; $25 for each multiple of five – FREE shipping worldwide


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Auction — original art about Occupy, ends today

I have an eBay auction for my original drawing of an Occupy protest. The drawing is black and white (ink on Bristol board), and comes with a color print and a copy of the book it appears in, “The Beginning of the American Fall.”

It ends tonight 9:30 EST. It’s only $32 so far!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-drawing-Occupy-protest-color-print-book-Stephanie-McMillan-/151494904518

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LA-area events 10/14-18: Cartoons vs. Capitalism vs. the Climate

A week of presentations & discussions with cartoonists Stephanie McMillan & Ted Rall, and more!

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1565076077047113/

October 14-18
(All are at CSUN except 1 p.m. Wednesday @ LA Valley College. All are free and open to the public.)

CSUN
18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, California CA 91330-8207

Tuesday 10/14:

“Capitalism vs. the Climate”
4-5:15 p.m., USU Northridge Center
with Stephanie McMillan & CSUN Prof. David Klein
Part of Sustainability Day

“Art is a Weapon”
7-9 p.m., Kurland Auditorium, Valley
Performing Arts Center (VPAC)
Political art + recent work
by Ted Rall, John Quigley & Stephanie McMillan

Wednesday 10/15:

“Art is a Weapon”
1-3 p.m., Monarch Hall, Campus Center at LA Valley College
map: https://www.lavc.edu/map/
Political art + recent work
by Ted Rall & Stephanie McMillan

“War, Imperialism and Oppression…and Resistance”
7 -9 p.m., Sequoia Auditorium, Sequoia Hall
with Ted Rall, Stephanie McMillan & Prof. David Klein

Thursday 10/16:

“Capitalism vs. the Climate”
3:30 p.m., Pasadena Room, USU
(University Student Union)
with Stephanie McMillan & Prof. David Klein

Friday 10/17:

“Art is a Weapon”
2-3:40 p.m., Nordhoff Hall 113
Political art + recent work
by Stephanie McMillan & Ted Rall

Saturday 10/18:

“Organizing at the Intermediate Level — Toward Building a Mass Movement”
2 p.m. Art & Design, Room 211
with Sarah Cruz

Sponsored by the CSUN Art Department, Journalism Department, Institute for Sustainability, and Office of the Provost.

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NGOs are Cages

2013-02-14-pay-youWe really need to understand the methods used by NGOs* to undermine radical political organizing efforts and divert us into political dead ends. The People’s Climate March is a good case study because it’s so blatant.

In South Florida, we saw the exact same process after the BP oil spill. Once the NGOs came in to the organizing meetings and were given the floor, all potential resistance was blocked, strangled, and left for dead. NGOs will descend on any organizing effort and try to take it over, dilute it, and bring it eventually to the Democratic Party. We can also see an identical set-up with the established labor unions and many other organizations.

If organizers are being paid, usually they are trapped in this dynamic, whether or not they want to be. While combining a job with organizing to challenge the system sounds very tempting and full of potential, it’s overwhelmingly not possible. They are two fundamentally incompatible aims, and those funding the job definitely do not have the aim of allowing its employees to undermine the system — the very system that allows the funders to exist, that they feed off of. Capitalists aren’t stupid, and they know how to keep their employees chained to a post, even if the leash feels long. With NGOs, capitalism has set up a great mechanism for itself both to generate revenue, and to pacify people who might otherwise be fighting to break the framework. “The unity of the chicken and the roach happens in the belly of the chicken.”
Continue reading NGOs are Cages

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Tonight: anti-capitalist conference call presentation: Water Troubles

Please join me tonight (online/phone) at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT, for the first installment of an approximately-monthly event. I’ll moderate discussions of various issues in the context of capitalism and imperialism. Tonight it’ll be on water access and quality. The description and list of speakers is below. Hope you can make it!

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To register for the call go to: http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/JWKOI3SLQZQ2MWG3

Invite your friends to join us! https://www.facebook.com/events/357969924358146/

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Upcoming events

Wednesday, August 21, online
“Brought to You by Capitalism: Water Should be Free”

The first in a monthly series of panel presentations via conference call, addressing various effects of capitalism and resistance. This month the call will feature David Soll (author of “Empire of Water,”), a member of the Detroit Water Brigade, and possibly another speaker. I will be the moderator.
6 pm PT/ 9 pm ET
Hosted by InterOccupy.
Register here: http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/JWKOI3SLQZQ2MWG3

Thursday, August 28, Miami
“Capitalism Must Die!”

A slideshow presentation (with cartoons) explaining what capitalism is and why it must be eliminated.
Disorientation Week
Florida International University, South Campus, GC 343
6:30-8:30 pm
Free; presented by One Struggle/South Florida.
https://www.facebook.com/events/646958485400883/

Wednesday, Sept. 27, online
“Brought to You by Capitalism: Climate Change”

The second in a monthly series of panel presentations via conference call, addressing various effects of capitalism and resistance. The call this month will feature David Klein (professor at CSUN/California State University at Northridge), and other speakers. I will be the moderator.
6 pm PT/ 9 pm ET
Hosted by InterOccupy.
Register here: http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/JWKOI3SLQZQ2MWG3

November 22-23, San Francisco
“Earth at Risk”

I will participate on a panel on “Capitalism and Sociopathy,” part of a conference which includes Vandana Shiva, Chris Hedges, Derrick Jensen, Dahr Jamail, Richard Manning, Diane Wilson and many others.
Presented by Fertile Ground Institute.
http://www.fertilegroundinstitute.org/

Jan. 20-Feb. 14, 2015, Minneapolis
“Wonder Women”

My comics will be included in a multimedia group show.
Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota

TBA (details still being worked out):

Oct. 9-12: San Francisco
Week of Oct. 13: Los Angeles
Week of Nov. 3: Sudbury, ON
Future topics for “Brought to You by Capitalism” will include workplace organizing, the World Bank, clinic defense, and revolution.

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New poster available!

18″x24″ Poster: Affirmations for Revolutionary Proletarian Militants

Stay motivated to keep on fighting to change the world, with the help of this poster with 20 inspirational messages!

(NO LONGER AVAILABLE).

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Captions:

1. Contentment is for people in denial. I do not accept social injustice, exploitation, or ecocide.
2. My purpose is not for petty gains, but for radical social transformation.
3. I’m committed to the struggle for the long haul. It isn’t a game or hobby; it’s my life.
4. When I face a choice, I decide what to do based on the interests of the revolution.
5. I take every opportunity to help people understand the nature of the system and to join the struggle.
6. I don’t engage in self-destructive habits. I remain strong and alert for the struggle.
7. I am willing to listen to constructive criticism, so I can rectify my errors.
8. I avoid distractions and focus on my fundamental goal.
9. The problem is not me; it is the global capitalist/imperialist system.
10. I don’t blame individuals for social problems. Yet it is our responsibility for ending the system that causes them.
11. Everyone has a skill, talent, experience or insight that can contribute to the struggle.
12. I surround myself with sincere people who share common goals of ending exploitation and domination.
13. We will never be satisfied with reforms to the existing system. Our goal is nothing less than a classless and sustainable society.
14. Even when I’m alone, I stand up for what I understand to be true.
15. I do not avoid struggle; it is how people and history advance.
16. I don’t argue for argument’s sake. Instead I engage in political struggle so as to better understand reality.
17. Our nature is cooperative. If we work collectively, we can overcome the system that is crushing us.
18. I don’t jump to premature conclusions. Before making a judgment I investigate a matter fully.
19. I realize my loved ones are ideologically dominated, and have compassion for them as I struggle with them.
20. As I face each day, I determine my priorities, based on my long-term goal of proletarian revolution.

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Anti-Imperialism Day

One Struggle’s third year of organizing an anti-imperialist event on July 28, the anniversary of the first US invasion of Haiti in 1915. Speakers talk about what imperialism is, and the effects it’s had on the countries they come from.

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Tonight in Fort Lauderdale: Art is a Weapon!

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Please join me tonight for “Art is a Weapon in the Battle of Ideas,” an event presented by One Struggle.

I’ll show slides of a broad range of political art, and talk about art’s political role and impact, historically and today. The presentation will be followed by open discussion.

We’ll do an art project together, too! (Hint: start thinking about a specific aspect or incident of imperialism that especially angers you). Also, if you’re an artist, please bring work to share.

The presentation addresses several questions: How does culture advance political aims? How do we use our art as part of the
anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist struggle? Why does the bourgeoisie love abstract expressionism?

8 p.m. tonight!
Sunshine Cathedral
1480 SW 9th Ave, (just south of Davie Blvd).
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33315

We will be in room 8, upstairs in the courtyard.
Free; donations welcome.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/494449554033166/

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Goodreads giveaway — 5 copies of "Capitalism Must Die!"

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Capitalism Must Die! by Stephanie McMillan

Capitalism Must Die!

by Stephanie McMillan

Giveaway ends August 15, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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To defeat capitalism and imperialism, we need to organize!

If we are to have any hope of winning, we need to build a powerful mass movement capable of asserting and fighting for the interests of the masses. To become strong enough to defeat the capitalist class, we need to become even more powerful, more organized than them. We outnumber them, so it will be possible, if we do the work. It’s hard work, but there’s no other way. If we sincerely want to end capitalism and imperialism, and not just pay lip service to that goal, not just cry and drink and pray and protest symbolically, then we need to dedicate our lives to organizing a movement that can be effective and WIN. It is the most meaningful and important thing we can do.

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Photos: NYC events

Left Forum panel on international wage struggles:
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Left Forum panel on political cartoons:
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At LF with Seth Tobocman and Ted Rall:
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Greg Farrell, “Cartoons for the Struggle” at La Difference Auto School, Brooklyn:
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Discussion after our presentations at La Difference:
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The event ended with a cultural presentation by Granchimen:
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6 p.m. today in Brooklyn — Comics for the Struggle!

omicsEventNYC-area friends, hope to see you at this event!

Comics for the Struggle
6 p.m. Saturday
La Difference Auto School
836 Rogers Av, Brooklyn, New York 11226

Free; donations welcome.

https://www.facebook.com/events/651110531608933/

Stephanie McMillan will present comics with a talk about how capitalism works and why we need to destroy it, based on her book “Capitalism Must Die!”, and Greg Farrell will present his comics about a labor dispute at the famous Strand bookstore (where he works), from his new book “On the Books.”

Open discussion will follow.

See more of Greg’s work: http://www.strandaskus.blogspot.com/

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"Capitalism Must Die!" colorist testimonial

“That joke about the capitalist saying ‘My Suit!’ was really funny. We should do a questions & comment section for kids.”
— Tala Socco, age 6, about the “Capitalism Must Die!” Coloring Book (34 pages; you choose what to pay, available at https://gum.co/coloring)

Photo by Katrina Socco, National Programme Coordinator for AF3IRM (a transnational feminist org.) who writes on non-feudal parenting.

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My essay on food production under capitalism, in Serbian

Translated by Aleksandra Žikić

http://kontra-punkt.info/magazin/sve-osvojeno

http://www.h-alter.org/vijesti/svijet/sve-je-osvojeno

Sve osvojeno

Kapitalistička proizvodnja hrane: vodeći uzrok gladi, bolesti, ekocida, eksploatacije i imperijalističke dominacije
Autorka: Stephanie McMillan
Prevod: Aleksandra Žikić

Kapitalizam je disfunkcionalni ekonomski sistem koji donosi korist malobrojnima dok eksploatiše i zanemaruje većinu. Ali nije samo to. To je takođe društveni odnos dominacije, gde mala klasa kapitalista ostvaruje vlast nad čitavim društvom kroz privatno vlasništvo sredstava za proizvodnju. U kapitalizmu, cilj sve proizvodnje robe (uključujući i hranu) nije da zadovolji potrebe ljudi, već da ostvari profit. Proizvodnja hrane postala je ogromni izvor profita, kao i sredstvo dominacije, i lokalno i globalno.
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A review of “Capitalism Must Die!” from Sequential Tart

http://www.sequentialtart.com/reports.php?ID=9120&issue=2014-05-12

Capitalism Must Die!
by Katie Frank

Reviews may contain information that could be considered ‘spoilers’. Readers should proceed at their own risk.

Grade: 7
With a subtitle like “A basic introduction to capitalism: what it is, why it sucks, and how to crush it,” Capitalism Must Die! is a book with a clear sociopolitical agenda. If you think you will hate it based on the title alone, you probably will. With that said, the book provides an overall well-written, easy to understand introduction to anti-capitalism in the Marxist tradition. It defines terms without using a lot of jargon, and uses short comics and cartoons to introduce and illustrate difficult concepts with real-world examples. The tone of the writing is forceful and impassioned without being overly preachy or antagonistic toward the reader, which can often put people off of explicitly political books. McMillan has clearly spent a lot of time in activism and political education, and it shows in how fluently she translates high theory into everyday language.
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