Gangsters for Capitalism

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 Street Bombing: Propaganda of the Deed

On September 16th, 1920, a horse-drawn wagon carrying 100 pounds of dynamite and 500 pounds of cast iron weights pulled up outside the offices of JP Morgan Bank at 23 Wall Street in New York City. The driver set a timer and then disappeared into the crowd. The bomb detonated, causing massive damage to the bank and knocking a trolley off its tracks several blocks away. 

The bombing on Wall Street was part of a larger revolutionary strategy known as “Propaganda by the Deed”. This strategy was first used during the Paris Commune in 1871. During the Paris Commune, two million people established worker cooperatives and elected delegates to represent them. This experiment was brutally crushed by French soldiers, who killed tens of thousands of Parisians. 

In the aftermath of the Paris Commune, many of the survivors and their families fled to London. There…

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