PAO Celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the John Brown raids!

“When John Brown stretched forth his arm the sky was cleared. The time for compromises was gone – the armed hosts of freedom stood face to face over the chasm of a broken Union – and the clash of arms was at hand. The South staked all upon getting possession of the Federal Government, and failing to do that, drew the sword of rebellion and thus made her own, and not Brown’s, the lost cause of the century.”

John Brown needs no introduction for many of you, his actions greater than his name or any part of his character — A man who had the bravery to cast down the privilege of the West and bear arms to enact radical egalitarian justice, who willfully paid with his life in an act of heroic treason against the American settler-nation.

John Brown

Though John Brown was snuffed out by pig forces and his attacks against Amerikan slave-owners quelled, his rebellion still stands today as the very embodiment of class warfare, a single shining beacon of revolutionary light amongst the hordes of bought-off First-World bourgeoisie. His legacy is so great that his very name has become an adjective — John Brown represents the kind of radical leftism that has long been dead in Amerika and the First World in general.


According to his autobiography, when he was asked if white people could join his black nationalist Organization of Afro-American Unity, Malcolm X replied “maybe John Brown”.

So powerful were his actions that even members of the parasite settler nation openly acknowledge his greatness, even if reluctantly in some cases; Biographer Richard Owen Boyer has called him “an American who gave his life that millions of other Americans might be free”, and Stephen B. Oates has described him as “maligned as a demented dreamer… (but) in fact one of the most perceptive human beings of his generation”. Additionally, Louis Ruchames wrote: “Brown’s action was one of great idealism and placed him in the company of the great liberators of mankind.”.

John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry is generally considered to have done much to send the fledgeling occupiers of America spiraling into civil war (1). When Southern slave owners heard initial reports of the attack, they thought hundreds of abolitionists were involved. Even when they found out the raid was small, already they began to fear that his actions would lead to others taking to arms and attempting further slave rebellion. However, history has conclusively shown us that among the population of the First World, there will only be a small handful of men and women brave enough to truly take to action, to do what needs to be done, to end oppression and injustice, and this was precisely the case with the John Brown raids. No reinforcements came. No masses took to the streets. A great man was buried, and his momentum was squandered by the complacence of those who had been bought off by the First World’s bribe-like standard of living.


Today we at PAO call for everyone to honor the memory of John Brown, and to remind those of you in the First World that nothing speaks louder than action — Not even money.

Ask yourselves: When you lie dead in your grave, and your children’s children have inherited your blood-money debt, will people write songs about you?

We don’t think so.

Old John Brown’s body lies moldering in the grave,
While weep the sons of bondage whom he ventured all to save;
But tho he lost his life while struggling for the slave,
His soul is marching on.

John Brown was a hero, undaunted, true and brave,
And Kansas knows his valor when he fought her rights to save;
Now, tho the grass grows green above his grave,
His soul is marching on.

He captured Harper’s Ferry, with his nineteen men so few,
And frightened “Old Virginny” till she trembled thru and thru;
They hung him for a traitor, themselves the traitor crew,
But his soul is marching on.

John Brown was John the Baptist of the Christ we are to see,
Christ who of the bondmen shall the Liberator be,
And soon thruout the Sunny South the slaves shall all be free,
For his soul is marching on.

The conflict that he heralded he looks from heaven to view,
On the army of the Union with its flag red, white and blue.
And heaven shall ring with anthems o’er the deed they mean to do,
For his soul is marching on.

Ye soldiers of Freedom, then strike, while strike ye may,
The death blow of oppression in a better time and way,
For the dawn of old John Brown has brightened into day,
And his soul is marching on.

(1) Daniel W. Crofts, Reluctant Confederates: Upper South Unionists in the Secession Crisis (1989), pp.70 ff.

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