On Stolen Land
Primitive Accumulation and the Dispossession of Native Americans

Socialism 2015

July 02, 2015

The US nation state came into being on the backs of millions of Black bodies stolen into slavery as well as genocidal practices against the Indigenous Peoples of this continent. Lands and resources held in common by Indigenous Peoples were forcefully turned into private property through colonial and then capitalist expansion using slaughter, violence, war and by newly constitutional legal means of States and the Federal Government. As revolutionaries Karl Marx and Rosa Luxemburg both described, capitalist accumulation by ripping people from the land and the means of sustenance was never a natural process but one based on brute force, coercion and oppression — this is part of the bloody history of the US Nation State.

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