THE MICKEY Z. EXPRESS ROLLS ON
I excerpted the following segment from an article which is itself an excerpt from Mickey Z.’s upcoming paperback release, 50 American Revolutions You’re Not Supposed to Know: Reclaiming American Patriotism. I’ve pre-ordered my copy, and I suggest you do the same.
Keller’s critique of the government propaganda campaign to stir up Americans to support U.S. intervention in the war remains more germane than ever. “Every modern war has had its root in exploitation” Keller said. “The Civil War was fought to decide whether the slaveholders of the South or the capitalists of the North should exploit the West. The Spanish-American War decided that the United States should exploit Cuba and the Philippines. The South African War decided that the British should exploit the diamond mines. The Russo-Japanese War decided that Japan should exploit Korea. The present war is to decide who shall exploit the Balkans, Turkey, Persia, Egypt, India, China, Africa. And we are whetting our sword to scare the victors into sharing the spoils with us. Now, the workers are not interested in the spoils; they will not get any of them anyway.”
She urged workers—the ones who do the fighting and dying—to strike at the heart of America’s drive toward war. “Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought,” she declared. “Strike against preparedness that means death and misery to millions of human beings. Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction. Be heroes in an army of construction.”