We Have Nothing to Lose but Our Chains

We Have Nothing to Lose but Our Chains

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Updated Sep 17, 2019 at 10:31AM EDT by Don.

Added Jul 03, 2018 at 11:13AM EDT by Adam.

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About

We Have Nothing to Lose but Our Chains refers to an exploitable webcomic strip in which a man espouses the virtues of capitalism until he is presented with an inconvenient bill or other monetary problem, leading him to shout "We have nothing to lose but our chains!", a familiar Communist slogan.

Origin

"We have nothing to lose but our chains" is a line from The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. It has since become a political slogan for communist ideology.[1]

On June 13th, 2018, webcomic SadGirlPop[2] posted a comic in which a fan of capitalism is given a hospital bill, leading him to cry "We have nothing to lose but our chains!" The post gained over 1,900 likes on Instagram.


THE MARKET WILL REGULATE TSELF! CAPITALISMs THE MOST SHUT UPI EFFICIENT Youl HoSPITAL BILL SIR ๅŽ“ ๅ›ฏ AMOUNT DAA: 27, 832์œ„ WE HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT OuR CHAINS SIR PLS SADGIRLPOP

Spread

Later that week, the template began spreading on Reddit as users changed the bill that causes the character in the comic to cry the communist slogan. On June 17th, 2018, Redditor byzantine_lord330 posted an edit to /r/fakehistoryporn, gaining over 3,300 points (shown below, left). The same day, user WargRider23 posted an edit to /r/dankmemes that gained over 80 points (shown below, right).


THE MARKET WILL RE GuLATE TSELF! Minecraft premium account price CAPITALISM IS THE MOST EFFICIENT_ $26.95 WE HAVE NOTHING To LOSE BuT OUR CHAINS SIR PLS THE MARKET WILL REGULATE ITSELF The bill for your annual physical check-up today will be: CAPITALISM IS THE MOST EFFICIENT 27,832์œ„ WE HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT OUR CHAINS SIR PLS ใ„งหŠ ใ„Ÿ SADGIRLPOP

Most of the edits over the following weeks were video game-related. Some other popular edits include a post by user Laqe_7 on /r/pcmasterrace, gaining over 5,400 upvotes (shown below, left). Another Redditor, AFzeeGrey, posted an edit about the Nintendo Switch to /r/MemeEconomy, gaining over 220 points (shown below, right).


THE MARKET WILL REGULATE ITSELF GTX 1080ti CAPITALISM IS /) | THE MOST EFFICIENT_ $ 27, 832. WE HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT OUR CHAINS SIR PLS THE MARKET WILL REGULATE GBONLINE ITSELF Nintendo Switch Online CAPITALISM IS Launching September 2018 THE MOST 1 Month 3 Months 12 Months EFFICIENT $3.99 USD $7.99 USD$19.99 USD WE HAVE NOTHING To LOSE BuT OUR CHAINS SIR PLS

Various Examples


r/MechanicalKeyboards u/boththings 18h i.redd.it We Must Seize the Means of Production THE MARKET WILL REGULATE TSELF! One single escape key CAPITALISM IS THE MOST EFFICIENT_ 21,832.81 WE HAVE NOTH ING To LOSE BUT OUR CHAINS 6,0k -231 THE MARKET WILL REGULATE ITSELF! My cart during the steam sale CAPITALISM IS THE MOST EFFICIENT_ 27,832.8 WE HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT ouR CHAINS ใ„งหŠ ใ„Ÿ THE MARKET WILL RE GuLATE TSELF! CAPITALISM IS THE MOST EFFICIENT $59.95 50 LOOT BOXES WE HAVE NOTHING To LOSE BuT OUR CHAINS SIR PLS THE MARKET WILL REGLALATE TSELF A blank red flag CAPITALISM IS TE OST EFFICIENT $26.95 WE HAVE NOTH ING TO LOSE BUT OuR CHAINS SIR PLS THE MARKET WILL REGULATE TSELF EVENT PASS SANHOK CAPITALISM IS THE MOST EFFICIENT- S9.99 USD WE HAVE NOTHING To LOSE BuT OUR CHAINS SIR PLS SADGIRLPOP THE MARKET WILL REGULATE TSELF Cigars CAPITALISM IS THE MOST EFFICIENT 27, 832์œ„ WE HAVE NOTHING To LOSE BUT OuR CHAINS Cuba PLS M-26-7

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External References

[1] Wikipedia โ€“ Workers of the World Unite!

[2] Instagram โ€“ SadGirlPop

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