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Unfortunately, whenever Western radicals hear words like “unions” and “working class” a rosy glow glazes over their vision, and the “Internationale” seems to play in the background. Even many anarchists seem to fall into a daze and to magically transport themselves back to seeing the militant socialist workers of Marx and Engels’ day. Forgetting that there have been many different kinds of working classes in history. Forgetting that Fred Engels himself criticized the English industrial working class of the late 19th century as a “bourgeois proletariat”, an aristocracy of labor. He pointed out how you could tell the non-proletarian, “bourgeois” strata of the English working class – they were the sectors that were dominated by adult men, not women or children. Engels also wrote that the “bourgeois"sectors were those that were unionized. Sounds like a raving ultra-leftist, doesn’t he? (which he sure wasn’t).
—  J. Sakai, “Settlers, the Mythology of the White Proletariat”
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“i wrote 360 in a period of my life where i felt pretty vulnerable. there were a bunch of people being nice to my face, but behind my back things were different. i think everyone experiences it, but it didn’t actually stop for me until i learned to draw the line. and essentially, i think that’s what this song is about; being able to have the confidence to stick up for yourself and.. be yourself.”  —  George Shelley, 360 Introduction