Cockroach! is proud to say that it is five years old today! In the last five years over 150 issues of Cockroach have been on line and quite a number of "Extra" and "Special" numbers.
Now I have also indexed all the back issues and made available on line
the collectted works (almost) of this Ezine for poor and working class people. Almost means that the first 24 issues of Cockroach were unfortunately destroyed in a fire.
Anyhow all the rest of the issues can now be downloaded at my homepage. Just push on the button "Cockroach!, the collected Works Almost".
Naturally the index for Cockroach! can also be downloaded. Just push on the button "index for Cockroach!".
Below is the story of how the idea of producing this Ezine came about.
When I was a kid growing up in New York City, I met my first
cockroach. In fact I met millions of them. If I were to get up
in the middle of the night to get a glass of water or go to the
bathroom the cockroaches were there. For example, arriving at the
bathroom to take a leak. I would turn on the light and thousands
of cockroaches on the ceiling and walls would run for cover.
Even here in Sweden their is a word for cockroach, (Kackeläcka),
so obviously the cockroach is and international bug! However I have
not seen one cockroach in my 23 years of exile here.
However, in New York City, the struggle to exterminate the cockroach
has been going on for a very long time. I remember so well the
struggle. In our apartment we would spray poison two or three
times a year. Thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of cockroaches
would die in these attacks. Some would survive and move up into the
apartment over our heads. Then the people in that apartment would
try and exterminate them. The same thing would happen. Thousands,
perhaps hundreds of thousands would die. Then the cockroaches would
move up to the next apartment.
When the cockroaches got to the apartment nearest the roof of the
apartment house. The same procedure described above would take place.
Then the cockroaches started their long trip down again and end
up in our apartment!
Then this stuff would start all over again. The struggle to
exterminate the cockroach has probably been going on for centuries.It
is probably still going on today. Perhaps the only difference being
that the cockroaches have gotten a little smarter and have become
more resistant to the pesticides used against them.
Today when I am soon to be 53 years old and understand this stuff a
whole lot better, I,m beginning to understand that I perhaps have a
lot in common with the cockroach! I mean the treatment these bugs
have been getting sort of reminds me of what poor and working class
people have been getting for centuries.
Of course the ruling class both in America and internationally have
had much more refined methods of extermination of poor and working
class people. But the millions and millions of dead poor and working
class people are still a fact. The dead can not carry on the struggle.
It is only the survivors, people like me and you, who can do anything
about the ruling class trying to wipe us out.
Perhaps we can learn something from the cockroaches struggle to
survive extermination. If the cockroach was smart, it would of did
something about their situation a long time ago. I mean just think
if the cockroaches had begun to organise themselves into trade unions
or started a newspaper called "Cockroach" claiming that they were
going to put and end to people who historically trying to exterminate
them.That might have saved a whole lot of lives and suffering for
Well poor and working class people have been trying to organise
themselves for a fairly long time now. Unfortunately, just like the
cockroaches poor and working class people are devided about the
question of : What should be done?
Some say I ain,t going to do a god dam thing! Others say, that I am
going to make the best of it and fuck everybody else. Some even join
the side of the exterminators, while others just want to reform the
ruling class into being nice guys or girls!
The author of these lines thinks that the struggle against the
ruling class (exterminators), is a struggle of poor and working
class people against the ruling class.Only one side or the other can
win.Because if poor and working class people don't win, they lose!
Perhaps poor and working class people can build and alliance with
the cockroaches to fight for political power. The cockroaches
understand historically what the struggle is about.
In America and Sweden, as elsewhere there is a dire need for a
new political party. A party which can fight for political power
for poor and working class people in their own name. Perhaps we
could call it "The cockroach party". Because I think that even
the cockroaches understand by this time that it is either them
I mean if we want that apple pie dream. Poor and working class people
are going to have to organise themselves in order to take the apple
pie from those who have got it! Because there isn't anyway else the
rich and powerful are going to give it up without a fight.
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