Seattle councilwoman: We “will not stop” until we overthrow capitalism

by Peter Heck · Jul 14th, 2020 10:58 am

Last Updated Jul 15th, 2020 at 8:33 pm

In a rant apparently aimed at Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Seattle Councilwoman Kshama Sawant announced during a recent city council meeting that she and her colleagues were on a mission to destroy capitalism.

"We are coming for you and your rotten system," Sawant warned. "We are coming to dismantle this deeply oppressive, racist, sexist, violent, utterly bankrupt system of capitalism, this police state. We cannot and will not stop until we overthrow it and replace it with a world based instead on solidarity, genuine democracy, and equality: a socialist world."

The comments came after the Seattle council passed by 7-2 vote what they call the "JumpStart Tax," a payroll tax aimed at corporations employing at least a $7 million payroll. Given that online giant Amazon has its headquarters located in Seattle, the tax has been nicknamed the "Amazon Tax."

"I have a message for Jeff Bezos and his class," Sawant said. "If you attempt again to overturn the Amazon Tax, working people will go all out in the thousands to beat you. And we will not stop there.

Because, you see, we are fighting for far more than this tax. We are preparing the ground for a different kind of society, and if you, Jeff Bezos, want to drive that process forward by lashing out against us in our modest demands, then so be it."

? Sawant is a member of the Socialist Alternative party and has served on the Seattle city council since 2014.


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