This chapbook is limited to a run of 50 copies, hand-numbered and signed by author. Only 21 copies left!
At a time when a nation is heavily divided by a bi-partisan political spectrum, The Manchurian Mandate acts as a call to action for the workers behind the scenes that keep the machine running. Joseph Fulkerson conjures the beat poets of past decades with this limited run manifesto which has a companion cassette tape homemade and recorded guerilla style. One long poem in a convenient paperback that can fit in your back pocket, The Manchurian Mandate urges the disenfranchised to remain patient for the right time for a revolution of thought. ‘I shudder at the consequence of my inaction,’ Fulkerson says midway through, remembering history’s harsh lessons with genocide and war, which are always a possibility for a society that has become complacent instead of vigilant. This is a piece that should be read and heard repeatedly and shared with others.
—Tim Heerdink, author of Razed Monuments and The Human Remains
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This is not about politics.
Let me rephrase that: this isn’t about one side of the aisle or the other.
This isn’t about Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative.
If you think it is, you are missing the point. You may even be part of the problem.
No, this is about not having enough of the right things and too much of the wrong things.
This is about having our priorities misaligned, or more aptly having our priorities aligned with those to whom our best interests are not their priority.
This is for all of those who work or have worked dead end jobs, minimum wage jobs, multiple jobs, to make ends meet.
Those who earn their keep with the sweat of their brows and at the expense of their families, dreams, and health.
Those on the frontlines, the back lines, and everywhere in between.
This was written for the workers whose jobs have been deemed essential, vital even, to the day to day lives of all of us.
We are Legion.
ACTIVATE THE MANCHURIAN!
The Manchurian Mandate in all it’s lo-fi glory! Performed and recorded onto cassette. Comes in a custom linocut slipcover.