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Pyramid of Capitalist System

The Pyramid of Capitalist System is a common name of a 1911 American cartoon caricature critical of capitalism based on a Russian flyer of c. 1901. The graphic focus is on social stratification by economic inequality; the work has been described as "famous", "well-known and reproduced". A number of derivative works exist, it was published in the 1911 edition of Industrial Worker, a newspaper of the Industrial Workers of the World, attributed to "Nedeljkovich, Brashich, & Kuharich". The picture shows a literal "social pyramid" or hierarchy, with the wealthy few on the top, the impoverished masses at the bottom. Crowned with a money bag representing capitalism, the top layer, "we rule you", is occupied by the royalty and state leaders. Underneath them are the clergy, followed by the military, the bourgeoisie; the bottom of the pyramid is held by the workers. The work is based on Nicolas Lokhoff's 1901 caricature of the Russian Empire hierarchy by the Union of Russian Socialists; the original picture showed workers supporting the pyramid on their backs, with the stanza: "The time will come when the people in their fury will straighten their bent backs and bring down the structure with one mighty push of their shoulders."

Notable differences between the Russian 1900 original and the American 1911 derivative version include the replacement of the Russian Empire's black eagle with a money bag, the Russian tsar and tsarina with a more generic trio of figures, two of the three Orthodox clergy with a Catholic cardinal and a Protestant minister, the Russian Empire army with a more generic group of soldiers. On both pictures, a fallen child or child worker symbolizes the plight of the workers. Another shared element is a red flag raised amongst the workers, symbolizing the emergence of the socialist movement; the basic message of the image is the critique of the capitalist system, with its hierarchy of power and wealth. It illustrates that the working class is supporting all others, if it would withdraw their support from the system it could topple the existing social order; this type of criticism of capitalism is attributed to the French socialist Louis Blanc

Philip Shallcrass

Philip Shallcrass known by his Druid name, Greywolf, is Chief of the British Druid Order. He is an artist, poet and singer-songwriter who pioneered a "shamanic" Druidism, he was born in Sussex, England in 1953. In 1974 he discovered Druidry through reading Robert Graves' The White Goddess. In the same year, he read Mircea Eliade's Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy. Eliade's book contained descriptions of the visionary experiences of shamans that mirrored events in Shallcrass's own life. Further studies convinced him that Druidry was the earliest recorded form of native European shamanism. In 1978, Shallcrass joined an Alexandrian Wiccan coven, being initiated a High Priest the following year. During the course of that year, he had been writing seasonal festival rites for the coven; these were influenced by his studies in Druidry. By the time the festival cycle was complete, the coven's celebrations had become so Druidic in flavour that the members agreed to stop calling themselves a coven and become instead a Grove.

This is now seen as the Mother Grove of the British Druid Order. Over the years that followed, the material written for the Grove of the Badger was revised and added to. At the end of the 1980s it began to bring the BDO to wider attention, he married Eleanor Kilpatrick, an Occupational Therapist with the NHS, in 1985. In the early 1990s, Kilpatrick and Shallcrass met and began a continuing friendship with Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, chiefs of the Order of Bards and Druids. Philip Shallcrass began to lecture on Druidry at a series of conferences on New Religious Movements. In 1992, he became editor of The Druids' Voice: the Magazine of Contemporary Druidry. In 1993, at the invitation of Tim Sebastion, founder of the Secular Order of Druids, Shallcrass composed a ritual to be performed at a multi-faith conference Tim had organised among the old stone circles of Avebury in Wiltshire; this resulted in the formation of the Gorsedd of Bards of Caer Abiri, which grew over the next few years to become what Ronald Hutton described as the "central event" of the New Druidry.

In 1994, following what he described as a powerful vision in a sweat lodge, he adopted the Druid name, Greywolf. In 1995, he began to work with Emma Restall Orr, who became joint chief of the BDO. Together, they lectured, hosted workshops and rituals, wrote new material for the Order, appeared on TV and Radio in the UK and elsewhere; the "shamanic" form of Druidry pioneered by Shallcrass with the British Druid Order resulted in bringing the shamanic vision of the World Drum World Drum Project to ceremonies at Dragon Hill, below the Uffington White Horse hill figure in Oxfordshire, at Avebury in Wiltshire. Shallcrass is working on editing a series of distance learning courses on Druidry for the British Druid Order; the closing ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics included text from a 1997 Gorsedd ritual written by Philip Shallcrass and Emma Restall Orr. Publications by Philip Shallcrass include: A Catalogue of Occult Books, MRG, Hastings, 1978 A Druid Directory: A Guide to Druidry and Druid Orders, British Druid Order, Devizes, 1995, with revised editions 1997, 2001 Druidry: Rekindling the Sacred Fire, British Druid Order, Wiltshire, 1996, with revised editions 1999, 2002 The Passing of the Year: A Collection of Songs and Poems and Invocations, British Druid Order, Wiltshire, 1997, reprinted 1999, 2001 The Story of Taliesin, British Druid Order, Wiltshire, 1997 Druidry: A Practical and Inspirational Guide, Piatkus Books, London, 2000 ISBN 0-7499-2040-8 The Remembering Soul: A Collection of Songs and Poems and Invocations, British Druid Order, Wiltshire, 2001 Articles by Philip Shallcrass appear in: Paganism Today, edited by Graham Harvey & Charlotte Hardman, Thorsons, 1995, reprinted as Pagan Pathways, Thorsons, 2000 The Druid Renaissance, edited by Philip Carr-Gomm, Thorsons, 1996, reprinted as The Rebirth of Druidry, Element, 2003 Talking Stick Magickal Journal, issue i, volume ii, Talking Stick Publications, 1996 The Encyclopaedia of Modern Witchcraft and Neo-Paganism, edited by Shelley Rabinovitch and James Lewis, Citadel Press, New York, 2002 The Druids' Voice: The Magazine of Contemporary Druidry, British Druid Order, 1992-date Tooth & Claw: Journal of the British Druid Order, British Druid Order, 1995-date

Made in Switzerland (album)

Made In Switzerland is a live video and album release by Gotthard. It was released worldwide in 2006 as a combined CD package; the concert was filmed and recorded at the Hallenstadion in Zürich, Switzerland on December 8 2005 as part of the bands Lipservice tour. "All We Are" "Dream On" "Hush" "Mountain Mama" "Let It Be" "Top Of The World" "I Wonder" "Said And Done" "One Life One Soul" "Nothing Left At All" "Sister Moon" "The Other Side Of Me" "Fire Dance" "Battle Of Titans" "Homerun" "Mighty Quinn" "In The Name" "Heaven" "Lift U Up" "Anytime Anywhere" "Immigrant Song"Bonus Material Making Of Konzert "Hallenstadion Zürich" Making Of Videodreh "Anytime Anywhere" Video Clips:Lift U Up Anytime Anywhere Dream OnFoto-Gallery "All We Are" "Dream On" "Hush" "Mountain Mama" "Let It Be" "Top Of The World" "I Wonder" "Said And Done" "One Life One Soul" "Nothing Left At All" "Sister Moon" "Mighty Quinn" "In The Name" "Heaven" "Lift U Up" "Anytime Anywhere" "Immigrant Song"