Our new poster is a modern rendition of The Pyramid of Capitalist System, an illustration of the hierarchical system of capitalist rule. This image depicts the multiple tiers of working class oppression.
At the top of the pyramid sits the state, which serves the interests of the ruling class and functions under capitalism as the protector of private wealth and property. Below the state sits the parasite class, the bourgeoisie, who exploit the toilers of the world and profit from the work they do. Under the Bourgeoisie stands their media who encourage obedience to and acceptance of the status quo, ensuring the interests and pockets of those who fund and run them are protected. If obedience cannot be encouraged it will surely be enforced by the members of the next tier. The police and militia hold as their objective not the protection of “the people,” but rather the protection of capital from “the people.”
Beneath it all, bearing the weight of the entire system, are the workers who produce all things fundamental to the perpetuation of life and the continuation of this system. In addition to illustrating the multi-layered oppression and exploitation of workers, this image also begs the question, “what would happen to capitalism if the workers simply withdrew their support?”