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Murdered by Capitalism: A Memoir of 150 Years of Life and Death on the American Left (Nation Books) Read & download ð 2 ✓ A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2004 After spilling bourbon on Schnaubelt's grave its pugnacious and very dead occupant becomes RossAve while trying to remain out of earshot from the FBI snoop and local supermarket tycoon buried nearby Ross's own story hobo revolutionist junkie poet and journalist is a contrapuntal to Schnaubelt's Ross never takes himself too seriously yet his most remarkable trait is the honesty with which he approaches life even while trying to deconstruct his own faults personal tragedies including the death of his one month old son and imperfectio. Feeling pretty goulish himself after 50 years of radical politics and hard drinking Ross communes with a host of dead leftists in their graves He records their various testimonies mixes in his own debauched tale and strings together a partly fictional parade of All American revolutionary skeletons With lapses of self ridicule Ross and his dead give free vent to self righteous defiance against almost every known authority They veer over the edge of legal speech paying tribute to the old anarchist dream of a bomb for every president Ross upholds the American right to bear bombs but at some point in the 1960s realizes ``I was 32 and had never thrown a bomb``Feeling that bombing is a central aspect of the American psyche Ross reviles the government`s bombing campaigns and tries to separate good bombs from bad bombs ``In America the bombs come in all flavors racist bombs revolutionary communist bombs union bombs Capitalist bombs criminal bombs and just plain old grudge bombs``I enjoyed the banter of semi sane idealists over the past 7 or 8 generations But I had some difficulty separating one bomber from the next

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Ns His pursuit of revolutionary politics and poetics is the constant often spent with his muse Revolutionary Mexico Ross concludes with a trip to Baghdad as a human shield before the Anglo American invasion ready to sacrifice his life as part of his perpetual struggle for justice Award winning writer John Ross's memoir is inspired from a tumbledown tombstone in California The headstone reads E B Schnaubelt 1855 1913 Murdered by Capitalism. Understading Mexican politics and its relationship with the United States Rest in peace John Ross

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Murdered by Capitalism A Memoir of 150 Years of Life and Death on the American Left Nation BooksA San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2004 After spilling bourbon on Schnaubelt's grave its pugnacious and very dead occupant becomes Ross's mentor sidekick and boozing companion through this epic telling of the hallucinatory carnal and ornery histories of the American Left and John Ross's own remarkable life Schnaubelt navigates us through his seemingly boundless revolutionary battleground uttering cries of subversion from within the gr. John Ross liked to visit cemeteries and chat up the bones of fallen working class heroes Their surreal conversations cover decades of American labor history E B Eddie Schnaubelt was murdered by capitalism in 1913 That's what it says on his grave stone in Trinidad California He tells Ross how he came to California from Chicago on the lam from the police roundup that followed the Haymarket bombing in 1886 He insists that neither he nor his brother Rudolph was the bomb thrower When Schnaubelt clams up on him Ross descends into hell to interview President McKinley then proceeds to a boneyard outside Chicago to chat up the remains of the Haymarket martyrs Emma Goldman Big Bill Haywood Joe Hill Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Sacco and Vanzetti William Z Foster and others join the conversation discussing the pros and cons of communism and other isms It makes for a lively discussion and even stirs the bones of Senator Joe McCarthy who butts in all the way from Wisconsin John Ross was a long time radical beat poet and freelance foreign correspondent His book is a zany and raucous historical memoir of epic proportions It often lapses into poetic imagery It is pugnacious and outrageous at times and always uneuivocally on the side of working people against their capitalist tormenters But it is not non violent There is even a warning on the cover that This book contains graphic scenes of revolutionary violence Ross condoned that violence if it came from the Left Otherwise a good read