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Friday, 1 May 2015

G A Zyuganov: May Day was Born as a Day of the Struggle of the Working People for their Rights

00 Walter Crane. The Triumph of Labour. Dedicated to the Wage-Workers of All Countries. 1895

The Triumph of Labour: Dedicated to the Wage-Workers of All Countries

Walter Crane



A Man Come Into Egypt… Peter, Paul, n’ Mary… Old School Folkie stuff


May Day was born as a day of the struggle of the working people for their rights. It rallied the most courageous, decent, and honest people all over the world. This day is for those who cherish the ideals of social justice, the friendship and brotherhood of peoples, and free labour and free creativity. This is really worth the fight, it’s something to fight for with perseverance and determination! I greet you with all my soul on your holiday! Let the blooming in May and the warm spring sun awaken in our souls everything that’s bright and radiant. I believe that together we’ll raise high the victory banner… we’ll be able to achieve success. Then, real humane happiness would come to live permanently in our common home… Russia.

00 G A Zyuganov 2011Gennady Andreyevich Zyuganov

Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation

Head of the KPRF faction in the RF Gosduma

1 May 2015


KPRF official website


P N Simonenko Hails the First of May… International Day of Labour Solidarity

00 Unknown  Artist. We're Coming to the Victory of Communist Labour. 1970s



On my behalf and on that of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Ukraine I greet you on the International Day of Labour Solidarity, a holiday that inspires all workers to fight for the ideals of a decent life, to see the ideas of socialism and justice triumphant. Working people have celebrated May Day since 1889, after a resolution of the II Paris International Congress for “a great international demonstration”. In the USSR, it was a real holiday… people couldn’t imagine that it’d degenerate to the point where one could go to work for months on end and not get paid… that one could work 10-12 hours a day for seven days a week without a break, without any right to protest this.

Today, behind the screen of a struggle between a variety of groups of oligarchic capital, in a situation where one sees political hysteria, political persecution, moral pressure, physical terror, assassinations of dissenters, and a bloody war in Novorossiya, a pro-Western puppet régime has seized power in the Ukraine through a putsch with the help of the USA and the EU… this oligarchic dictatorship poses a mortal threat to our nation. This time of new trials in the Ukraine emphasises that our main weapon in the struggle against capital, for justice and social security for worker or peasant, teacher or doctor, engineer or scientist, student or pensioner, is solidarity. In these difficult conditions, it’s more necessary than it ever was to bring together all anti-capitalist and anti-fascist political parties and public organisations, to unite the efforts of all workers, together with all Communists, for mutual support in our common struggle against bourgeois exploitation and neo-Nazism, for a democracy worthy of its present and future. I wish you, dear compatriots, dear comrades and friends, tenacity and courage in our fight for our rights, for faith in our own strength, for health and happiness!

Long live the First of May… International Day of Labour Solidarity!

No to the arbitrary oligarchy ruling our country!

Workers are the majority! Together… we’ll win!

P N Simonenko

First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Ukraine

1 May 2015


KPU official website


1 May 2015. MAY DAY UNION MUSIC… The Almanac Singers from 1941… Which Side are YOU On?

00g KPU May Day 2012

Happier days on May Day for the KPU before the American-sponsored Galician Uniate nationalist fascist repression…


32 minutes of pure history… 


Reflect on this… the Republicans call us “unpatriotic”… remember what they did to truly-patriotic people during the McCarthy years. That’s why Fox News and CNN are evil… they’re two sides of the same coin, just like the New York Times and the Washington Times are. Ever since 1946, the Republican Party has lied about the New Deal and the patriotic people who built it. It’s time to shove back. Remember this… most of the Republicans are yellow cowards who ran away from serving their country… oddly enough, that includes most of the gun nutters. If they ran away once, what does that tell you about their character as politicians and as human beings?

Yes, Virginia, we did come closer to justice once… vote for Bernie, we may get it back…


Saturday, 30 October 2010

On This Election Eve… Some Thoughts from William Jennings Bryan

Campaign poster from 1900 for William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), the Democratic candidate for US President, he opposed oligarchic business interests and imperialistic adventuring abroad… sounds like a perfect opponent for the teabaggers of today, no?


Editor’s Foreword:

Senator Bryan’s words are in boldface; my comments are in ordinary typeface.


Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger sing This Land is Your Land


The humblest citizen in all the land, when clad in the armour of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error. I come to you in defence of a cause as holy as the cause of liberty… the cause of humanity.


The poor man who takes property by force is called a thief, but the creditor who can by legislation make a debtor pay a dollar twice as large as he borrowed is lauded as the friend of a sound currency. The man who wants the people to destroy the Government is an anarchist, but the man who wants the Government to destroy the people is a patriot.

Here’s what the Tea Party says: “We can’t let the banks and insurance companies fail… that’d be disastrous! Oh… foreclosures are through the roof? Who cares, it’s how we’ll let the recession run its course. It’s only little people anyway”.


You can’t judge a man’s life by the success of a moment, by the victory of an hour, or even by the results of a year. You must view his life as a whole. You must stand where you can see the man as he treads the entire path that leads from the cradle to the grave… now crossing the plain, now climbing the steeps, now passing through pleasant fields, now wending his way with difficulty between rugged rocks… tempted, tried, tested, triumphant.

The teabaggers and the GOP assail Barack Obama… after he’s been in office for only 18 months. Let’s see… 18 months after G W Bush was inaugurated, he plunged the USA into an undeclared war in Afghanistan, and was planning an unprovoked aggression against Iraq. Therefore, he’s worse than Barack Obama is judging by the Republican’s own standards (“look at what he did after 18 months!”)! History has judged G W Bush… he’s the worst president in American history… and the GOP wants to return to many of his policies. Bryan was right, “You must view his life as a whole”… after all, anyone who would cut taxes in the midst of fighting a war is an irresponsible and feckless fool.


Pete Seeger sings Solidarity Forever

There are two ideas of government. There are those who believe that, if you’ll only legislate to make the well-to-do prosperous, their prosperity will leak through on those below. The Democratic idea, however, has been that if you legislate to make the masses prosperous, their prosperity will find its way up through every class, which rests up on them.

The “trickle upon” voodoo economics of the Republican Party wasn’t an invention of the Greedy 80s of the 20th century… it came from the Gay Nineties of the previous century, a decade when Big Business ran amuck, raping the country and creating an obscene gap between the rich and the working class. Compare that situation to that of the 1950s, when there was a more equitable division of wealth. EVERYONE was more prosperous as a result. The Tea Party’s advocacy of special treatment for the wealthy (the GOP senatorial candidate in PA called for a moratorium on corporate taxation, no lie!) must be viewed as treasonous and culpable.


Plutocracy is abhorrent to a republic; it’s more despotic than monarchy, more heartless than aristocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. It preys upon the nation in time of peace and conspires against it in the hour of its calamity. Conscienceless, compassionless, and devoid of wisdom, it enervates its votaries while it impoverishes its victims. It’s already sapping the strength of the nation, vulgarising social life and making a mockery of morals. The time is ripe for the overthrow of this giant wrong. In the name of the counting-rooms which it has denied; in the name of business honour which it has polluted; in the name of the home which it has despoiled; in the name of religion which it has disgraced; in the name of the people whom it has opprest, let us make our appeal to the awakened conscience of the nation.

Don’t believe the smarmy “religious” and “patriotic” façade of the Tea Party… “Greed is good”… THAT’S their credo. They wish to make Sectarianism the de facto state religion… we have NOTHING in common with such nonsense, do note well the priests and hierarchs who collaborate with and write favourably of such unbelievers (it’s better to associate with out-and-out atheists… they’re not out to “convert” us, after all).


Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger sing If I Had A Hammer

And who can suffer injury by just taxation, impartial laws, and the application of the Jeffersonian doctrine of equal rights to all and special privileges to none? Only those whose accumulations are stained with dishonesty and whose immoral methods have given them a distorted view of business, society, and government. Accumulating by conscious frauds more money than they can use upon themselves, wisely distribute or safely leave to their children, these denounce as public enemies all who question their methods or throw a light upon their crimes.

The leader of the House Republicans, Boehner, has called for the repeal of all regulation on the banking industry passed into law since the start of the economic crisis. That is, he favours the untrammelled raping of society by the plutocrats… all the while posing as a “populist”. He also advocates the repeal of health care reform. Am I being catty if I were to say that all the things he denounces publicly are a part of the special health insurance plan that he enjoys as a congressman? That is, it’s good enough for him and his family… but he won’t let YOU have it too! How do you spell H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-T-E? After all, he and his family are special! They DESERVE better health care than you do! You know what to do…


Nation after nation, when at the zenith of its power, has proclaimed itself invincible because its army could shake the earth with its tread and its ships could fill the seas, but these nations are dead, and we must build upon a different foundation if we would avoid their fate.

Due to deliberate Republican policy, the USA spends as much on warfare and military material as the rest of the world combined… the Tea Party wouldn’t only continue this, they’d intensify it (that’s where the money from the shredding of the inadequate social safety net would go). Senator Bryan was right… this is a recipe for the worst sort of disaster… and I’m not a commie zombie for pointing this up to you!


Pete Seeger sings Banks of Marble

You shall not press down upon the brow of labour this crown of thorns; you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.


To end it, here are some words from Valentin Zorin of Voice of Russia:

A few days ago, the leading hierarchs of the world’s Orthodox Christian Churches declared in Istanbul that the current economic crisis was a result of two things, perversely-planned and inhuman economic policies that ignored the real needs of the people, and an often maniacal passion for a higher profit margin. Today’s generation of denizens on the Potomac would rather close their eyes to those things and keep silent. Just the wrong thing to do!

I do daresay that Mr Zorin and Mr Bryan are in concord… what’s right is right, all through the generations… do reflect on the fact that “wrong is always wrong” as well. Greed has always been labelled “wrong”… and that’s the main motivator for the GOP/Tea Party… do vote accordingly.


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