Posts tagged politics
Posts tagged politics
Pepe Moreno for Anarchy Comics (1981)
Obama giving a speech on the legacy of MLK even as he prepares for war with Syria might actually be more galling than when he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize just days before he announced a massive expansion of the war on Afghanistan.
This is almost surreally disgusting.
My problem with criticisms of Obama as a “bad president” is the same problem I have with criticisms of capitalism like “it’s broken” or “it doesn’t work”. Just as well-functioning capitalism creates massive poverty, homelessness, incarceration and war, a well-functioning leader of an expansive capitalist project like the United States should be aggressively imperialist, openly hostile to many democratic processes, and willing to extrajudicially incarcerate/execute those who would obstruct the interests of the ruling class.
Obama is a good president and that is my problem with him.
H.P. Lovecraft, Selected Letters
Even a broken watch…
Photo from today’s fast food worker strikes in St. Louis, via @STL735
The history of the world holiday on the 1st May - May Day, or International Workers Day, held in commemoration of four anarchists executed for struggling for an 8-hour day.
Originally a pagan holiday, the roots of the modern May Day bank holiday are in the fight for the eight-hour working day in Chicago in 1886, and the subsequent execution of innocent anarchist workers.
In 1887, four Chicago anarchists were executed; a fifth cheated the hangman by killing himself in prison. Three more were to spend 6 years in prison until pardoned by Governor Altgeld who said the trial that convicted them was characterised by “hysteria, packed juries and a biased judge”. The state had, in the words of the prosecution put “Anarchy is on trial” and hoped their deaths would also be the death of the anarchist idea.
The anarchists were trade union organisers and May Day became an international workers day to remember their sacrifice. They were framed on false charges of throwing a bomb at police breaking up a demonstration in Chicago. This was part of a strike demanding an 8 hour day involving 400,000 workers in Chicago that started May 1st 1886 .
It began over a century ago when the American Federation of Labour adopted an historic resolution which asserted that “eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labour from and after May 1st, 1886”.
In the months prior to this date workers in their thousands were drawn into the struggle for the shorter day. Skilled and unskilled, black and white, men and women, native and immigrant were all becoming involved.
A look at International Workers’ Day - Happy May Day!
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May Day 2013