#699

Rapid growth of productive capital calls forth just as rapid a growth of wealth, of luxury, of social needs and social pleasures. Therefore, although the pleasures of the labourer have increased, the social gratification which they afford has fallen in comparison with the increased pleasures of the capitalist, which are inaccessible to the worker, in comparison with the stage of development of society in general. Our wants and pleasures have their origin in society; we therefore measure them in relation to society; we do not measure them in relation to the objects which serve for their gratification. Since they are of a social nature, they are of a relative nature.
Marx, Wage Labour and Capital

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#679

Yes, parasites should not have jewelry when the workers, the producers do not have bread. I have only one regret: that I did not find the money that I was intending to use for revolutionary propaganda, otherwise I would not be here in the hot seat, but busy making devices to blow you all up.
Clement Duval

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#652

The workers have been the target of too much preaching. Some have told them they need calm, others that they need culture, others training. According to the notions of those who would be their shepherds, the workers have never been mature enough to liberate themselves. If the situation is to continue, preparations will go on for all eternity: the only way the workers can shrug off the ignorance and cultural deprivation that the capitalist regime and the state assign them to is by means of revolution.
Isaac Puente

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#644

Capitalism will inevitably find itself face to face with a starving multitude of unemployed workers demanding either food or the destruction of the social order that has starved them.
Helen Keller, What is the IWW?

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#605

The workers should learn that their power is not in the force of their vote, but in their ability to stop production.
Voltairine de Cleyre

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#566

Give us what belongs to us in peace, and if you don’t give it to us in peace, we will take it by force.
Emma Goldman

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#561

It is we the workers who built these palaces and cities here in Spain and in America and everywhere. We, the workers, can build others to take their place. And better ones! We are not in the least afraid of ruins. We are going to inherit the earth; there is not the slightest doubt about that. The bourgeoisie might blast and ruin its own world before it leaves the stage of history. We carry a new world here, in our hearts.
Buenaventura Durruti

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#496

The sort of activity that meets the criteria of all the criticisms – that is based on immediate needs, in a mass on-going  struggle, in direct connection to our everyday lives and that does not treat capital as something external to us, is this working class struggle.
Andrew X

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#149

Raise the revolutionary flag
Which carries the people to emancipation
Working people march onwards to the battle
We have to smash the reaction

And damned be those among us, who in their young age,
Are afraid of standing on the scaffold!

Warszawianka 1905, Polish revolutionary song

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#57

The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win.

Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto

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#3

The slaves of developed industrial civilization are sublimated slaves, but they are slaves, for slavery is determined “Neither by obedience nor by hardness of labor but by the status of being a mere instrument, and the reduction of man to the state of a thing.”

Herbert Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man

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