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Independent Left: Peter Linebaugh interview October 25, 2020

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Here’s the link. Peter Linebaugh as noted on Wiki is:

“Peter Linebaugh is an American Marxist historian who specializes in British history, Irish history, labor history, and the history of the colonial Atlantic.”

Great interview.

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1. CL - October 25, 2020

” Christopher Hill … wrote The World Turned Upside Down… It told the story of the ranters, the diggers and the Levellers who mutinied against Oliver Cromwell’s conquest of Ireland.”-
https://www.counterpunch.org/2003/03/12/three-veterans/

” In 1794 he wrote, “the power of these people being founded on property, the first convulsion would level it with the dust.” In 1796 he told the French that “the revolution was not to be made for the people of property.” He was fully aware of the military necessity of making requisitions on the one hand and the gallows on the other, and nevertheless concluded, “If the men of property will not support us, they must fall; we can support ourselves by the aid of that numerous and respectable class of the community, the men of no property.”- Linebaugh, quoting Tone.
https://www.counterpunch.org/2003/11/29/on-the-anniversary-of-the-death-of-wolfe-tone/

On the Bicentennial of the Hanging of Thomas Russell
https://www.counterpunch.org/2003/10/21/on-the-bicentennial-of-the-hanging-of-thomas.russell/

“Theirs was not the largest mass execution in American history. 303 Sioux were sentenced to hang after the Mankato Uprising in Minnesota in 1862. Lincoln pardoned 265 leaving thirty-eight to hang. In the Denmark Vesey slave plot of 1822 thirty-seven were hanged according to Herbert Aptheker. So strictly by the numbers the Native Americans have the most hanged at a single time followed by the African Americans in second place by only a single corpse. The Mollies come in third.”
https://www.counterpunch.org/2007/06/21.the-day-of-the-rope/

“Investigation into the history of police soon finds it to be inseparable from conquest, slavery, debt, industrial discipline, and social hierarchies. Armed settlers, “pioneers,” militia, army units, slave patrollers, Texas rangers, posse comitatus, slave catchers, factory guards, troopers, private security forces, vigilante groups, MPs, lynch mobs, Ford’s “service department,” death squads, night riders, and the KKK have all served police functions.”
https://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/13/police-and-plunder/

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2. CL - October 25, 2020

Linebaugh on the Molly Maguires

“The Catholic Church and the Ancient Order of Hibernians purged themselves of the Mollies and helped to purge the Irish-American identity of its violent and unorthodox elements which, while it preserved the memory of social trauma of the Famine when its memory was neglected in Ireland, it did all that it could to attain middle-class respectability by the removal of all hints of “illegal” direct action among working people from the Whiteboys to the Mollies.”-
Linebaugh on the Molly Maguires
https://www.counterpunch.org/2007/06/21/the-day-of-the-rope/

“Investigation into the history of police soon finds it to be inseparable from conquest, slavery, debt, industrial discipline, and social hierarchies. Armed settlers, “pioneers,” militia, army units, slave patrollers, Texas rangers, posse comitatus, slave catchers, factory guards, troopers, private security forces, vigilante groups, MPs, lynch mobs, Ford’s “service department,” death squads, night riders, and the KKK have all served police functions.”
https://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/13/police-and-plunder/

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