We are all patrons
As many of us are aware, right-wingers and their big donors are cozy with promoting evil and immoral ideas: capitalism, greed, and selfishness. As leftists, we have a rich history of promoting our ideals — whether in hiding or out in the public. This current age demands action both off and online by creating content and organizing in any way we can. Our history of socialism started before America was founded and has its roots with the progressives and radicals of its times. Marxists fought alongside the Union during the Civil War; Abraham Lincoln and Karl Marx wrote each other regularly; Christian Socialist and minister Francis Bellamy wrote the Pledge of Allegiance; many socialists fought for worker rights and the abolition of child labor in a time of mass industrial pressure from parasitic bosses. Now is the time to help continue the movement and fight for a better world.
We need to reach out to the new generation. We need to be active in their development and education. We must educate them and cultivate the ideas of freedom that they share with us. Right-wing and liberal-leaning organizations are already spreading throughout high schools like wildfire, so we must counter them. If you’re in high school, find a Young Democratic Socialist of America chapter or create one. Start a club for the Young Communist League or just make a new organization entirely. Remember the message and the values we hold: justice, economic security, rights for all, power to the people, and a brighter, redder future for today. You are not alone in your fight for things that are right. If you are involved in history, philosophy, politics, economics, English, etc., you should ask questions that might challenge the typical status quo and affirm in your students and peers that the landlords and bosses suck profit out of the laborers’ products. According to Adam Smith himself, “As soon as the land of any country has all become private property, the landlords, love to reap where they never sowed, and demand a rent even for its natural produce.” Even the “Father of Capitalism” sees landlords as pests as well.
If you are a teacher or professor, bring up your beliefs in class and challenge other professors to get the gears churning in the young thinkers so they too can see the contradictions and crises of capitalism in all its glory. If you’re a priest, minister, or preacher, incorporate passages of the Bible such as Matthew 6:24: “You cannot serve both God and Money” and Acts 4:34-35 “Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.”
If you are not a teacher, not religious, or you’re just out of college, put some of that free time and a little bit of energy into making videos on Twitch or YouTube. Write articles for websites like Intervero. Post on social media. Talk to your friends about how socialism could change their lives. We are still outnumbered by the shared audience of right-wingers, but we are mighty; We are united; We are many. It just takes a cheap webcam and $20 microphone, or even just a free editing software like Piviti or even Windows Movie Maker to start making educational videos. It just takes a computer or a phone to write articles and post on social media. The important part is promoting the message and values out to the masses. We are at a big disadvantage when it comes to advertising. Most socialist organizations and anti-capitalist channels hardly have money to cover costs of operation, let alone spend millions of dollars on advertising like some right-wing propagandist channels do. Your everyday struggle can make for a great story who listen to your words will rise with your cause, so spread your message on every forum, subreddit, Facebook group, and Twitter feed
We need you. We need your integrity, tenacity, and creativity to help strengthen the youth, to empower, and to educate the next generation on the fundamentals of economic security, justice, and socialism. We must put people before profits, help people in need, and a better world will come.