Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Marxmas

We address our Christmas message to the working class, about to enjoy yet another wretched holiday under capitalism.

At Christmas time the religious want to rejoice in fantasies about a messiah born of a virgin. The television channels seek the highest ratings for their Christmas Specials. While the retailers use Santa to seduce children into a life of consumerism.

December 25th was a holy day long before Jesus Christ was even thought of. Primitive man worshipped the sun because the course of his life was dominated by the yearly round of that planet in the heavens. This practice was wide spread but especially in northern countries mid-December was thought to be a critical time, as the days became shorter and shorter and the sun itself weaker. Great bonfires were lit to give the sun god strength and, when it became apparent that the shortest day had passed, there was great rejoicing. Thus the Roman winter-solstice festival, held on December 25th in connection with the worship of the sun-god Mithra, was known as the birthday of the unconquered sun-god.

Socialists seek a decent society where all are co-operative and sociable but not just for one day a year.  Christmas is supposed to be a time of good cheer. But it is impossible to disregard capitalism and the misert and distress it causes  even at this time of the year. 

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