Beasts of Burden

Capitalism Animals Communism

Beasts of Burden: Capitalism - Animals - Communism
Published October 1999 by

Antagonism Press,
BM Makhno,
London WC1N 3XX,

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Produced by Practical History and Antagonism

Front cover illustration: working class rebels have often been caricatured as animals. This example from Punch (1881) depicts an Irishman with ape like features at the time of the Irish Land League, when the eviction of tenants was met with mass resistance including the assassination of landlords. (Information on Ireland).


Capitalism and class society
PostScript: Anarcho-punk, the ALF and the miners' strike - a cautionary tale from the 1980s


Various responses and discussions of the pamphlet are linked here.

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