The raised fist, or the clenched fist, is a long-standing image of activism, often a symbol of social revolution and political solidarity. It is also a common symbol of anarchism and communism, but can also be used as a salute to express unity, strength, or resistance. The origin of the raised fist as a symbol is unclear. Its use in trade unionism, anarchism, and the labor movement had begun by the 1910s. William "Big Bill" Haywood, a founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World, used the metaphor of a fist as something greater than the sum of its parts during a speech at the 1913 Paterson silk strike. The raised fist logo may represent unity or solidarity, generally with… Read more
The Bourgeoisie is a sociologically defined social class equivalent to the upper classes. They are contrasted with the proletariat by their relative affluence and their cultural and financial capital. In Marxist philosophy, the bourgeoisie is the social class that came to own the means of production during modern industrialization and whose societal concerns are the value of property and the preservation of capital to ensure the perpetuation of their economic supremacy in society. The bourgeoisie is the most important class of society opposing the proletariat, insofar as the employees their wages are higher possible while the owners intend to increase their profits by employing lab… Read more
Class War, also referred to as class struggle and class warfare, is the political tension and economic antagonism that exists in society consequent to socio-economic competition among the social classes or between rich and poor. The forms of class conflict include direct violence such as wars for resources and cheap labor, assassinations, indirect violence such as deaths from poverty and starvation, illness and unsafe working conditions, and economic coercion. In the political and economic philosophies of Karl Marx and Mikhail Bakunin, class struggle is a central tenet and a practical means for effecting radical social and political changes for the social majority. The anarchist Mi… Read more
?Eat the Rich? represents standing up to those in power and holding them accountable on behalf of the less fortunate. The phrase is attributed to philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau: "When the people shall have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich". It is used in radical and anti-capitalist circles, gaining wider traction at the beginning of the 21st century in response to increasing income inequality. Today, "Eat the Rich" is now a rallying cry against an overly capitalistic economy that encourages the rich to become richer while the poor starve.