May 1st, 2006

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Arise ye workers from your slumbers

Today, in most parts of the world, is International Worker's Day. Here in the United States, we don't recognize International Worker's Day as a holiday, perhaps because of the (politically) unsavory Socialist associations with May 1. It may also be because the U.S. has suffered several labor-related riots on that date. What we celebrate instead is Loyalty Day, a Cold War-era relic for the "reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom." (That's a direct quote from 36 USC S.115, which established Loyalty Day as an official Federal holiday.) So, for the record and for the benefit of anyone from the Bush Administration who may be reading this, I hereby reaffirm my loyalty to the United States and my deep appreciation of American freedom.

That said, here's my annual tribute to the workers of the world. Power to the people!

  • Current Music
    The Internationale
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Arise ye workers from your slumbers

Reposting because I screwed up the HTML when posting via e-mail this morning:

Today, in most parts of the world, is International Worker's Day. Here in the United States, we don't recognize International Worker's Day as a holiday, perhaps because of the (politically) unsavory Socialist associations with May 1. It may also be because the U.S. has suffered several labor-related riots on that date. What we celebrate instead is Loyalty Day, a Cold War-era relic for the "reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom." (That's a direct quote from 36 USC 115, which established Loyalty Day as an official Federal holiday.) So, for the record and for the benefit of anyone from the Bush Administration who may be reading this, I hereby reaffirm my loyalty to the United States and declare my recognition of the heritage of American freedom.

That said, here's my annual tribute to the workers of the world. Power to the people!

Servile mases, arise!

  • Current Music
    The Internationale
10-J, 10-M

Ten random things: May 1

Ten American communists:

  1. John Reed (author of Ten Days that Shook the World)
  2. Arne Swabeck (founding member of the American Communist Party)
  3. Myra Tanner Weiss (Socialist Workers Party nominee for Vice-President in 1952, 1956, and 1960)
  4. Marshall Berman (Marxist writer and philosopher)
  5. Jake Cooper (founding member of the Fourth International)
  6. Clifton DeBerry (Socialist Workers Party nominee for President in 1964 and 1980)
  7. Bill Epton (former Vice Chairman of the Progressive Labor Party)
  8. John Gates (former editor of The Daily Worker)
  9. Robert Sheldon Harte (Leon Trotsky's assistant and bodyguard in Mexico; murdered by Stalinists)
  10. Tom Kerry (former National Secretary of the Socialist Workers Party)