Day 81: Happy May Day!!!

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Go out and march, everybody, because today we celebrate the international worker’s movement–the May Day of the Proletariat (and all the facets this term includes in today’s capitalism). So check online what kind of marches are held in your vicinity, attend, show some solidarity, sing “Die Internationale,” and stick your tongue out at some capitalists.

Today’s ‘Marcuse for the Day’ comes from the “Political Preface to Eros and Civilization, 1966“:

The system has its weakest point where it shows its most brutal strength: in the escalation of its military potential. This tendency seems reversible only under strongest pressure, and its reversal would open the danger spots in the social structure: its conversion into a “normal” capitalist system is hardly imaginable without a serious crisis and sweeping economic and political changes. Today, the opposition to war and military intervention strikes at the roots: it rebels against those whose economic and political dominion depends on the continued (and enlarged) reproduction of the military establishment, its “multipliers,” and the policies which necessitate its reproduction. These interests are not hard to identify, and the war against them does not require missiles, bombs, and napalm. But it does require something that is much harder to produce–the spread of uncensored and unmanipulated knowledge, consciousness, and above all, the organized refusal to continue work on the material and intellectual instruments which are now being used against man–for the defense of the liberty and the prosperity of those who dominate the rest.

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1 Comment

  1. Marcuse has it just right!

    May Day gives us a chance to reflect on strategies for “the spread of uncensored and unmanipulated knowledge, consciousness, and above all, the organized refusal to continue work on the material and intellectual instruments which are now being used against man–for the defense of the liberty and the prosperity of those who dominate the rest.”

    Happy May Day!!
    Solidarity!!!


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