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Like many (most) of you, I'm grieving the murder of Fellow Worker Heather Heyer, a member of the IWW (an organization I was proud to be a member of for many years), the injuries of dozens of others, and the brutal assault of Deandre Harris at the hands of fascists and white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA. Unlike a lot of (white) people, I'm not surprised. This is America with its gloves off. This is what we warned against. It was always going to come to this, and I fear it will get much worse before it gets better, if it does at all.

For a good long time, I've been actively confronting local fascists who organize and demonstrate under the thin veneer of free speech. Plenty of liberals and radicals alike have informed me that this is a waste of time, that the antifa who show up reliably every time the fash demonstrate are not radical enough, are too radical, aren't diverse enough, are too militant, are not militant enough, exclude less privileged people who can't physically show up, are secretly anti-Semites despite a significant number being Jewish, and are just plain doing it wrong. I'm not into calling out individuals and groups, but I have paid careful attention to who I see there, and who I don't see there.

I can only hope that Heyer, Harris, and those standing beside them and fighting back haven't sacrificed in vain. I hope that this is the end of inaction, of false equivalence, of turning our words on each other rather than on the enemy. I hope that this is a clarion call for action.

I'll repost what I said in the Other Place:

Hey GTA people posting your outrage over Charlottesville: did you know that a group of fascists regularly demonstrate at City Hall under the guise of "free speech"? We go to oppose them and try to prevent them from marching. Sometimes we're outnumbered. If you're really angry about what happened, coming out to shut this shit down here before it becomes tiki torches and vehicular manslaughter is a concrete thing you can do.

Also, if you have $ and are not sure which crowdfunding initiatives are legit, this is a good place to start.

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Yikes what did LJ do? They changed it now it sucks.

Anyway, I had a few more adventures and took pictures with my decent camera instead of just my iPhone.

We have been wandering around Stockholm. Today we took the train to Gävle, known to normal people as "the place where they burn the Yule goat every year" and to Wobblies as "the place Joe Hill was born."

photos! )

Also! We went to see Jimmy's Hall, the new Ken Loach film. Highly recommended. It's basically like Footloose but with Irish communists instead of Kevin Bacon.
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The lyrics for "That Sabo-Tabby Kitten" are actually online. I just found that out today; it's not one of Chaplin's better known songs, and I've only ever seen it printed in one book about the history of Wobbly culture. There's also a recording of it, but it's completely unlistenable. If I ever start a band, that's a song I'd need to cover (along with "If I Had a Rocket Launcher," which deserves a punk cover more than almost any song I can think of).
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If nothing else happens today, May Day 2012 will be forever remembered as the year the Left remembered about graphic design.



post 'em if you got 'em )
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I am, as usual, running out the door, but I'll just drop off a few things here.

So I pimped up Mac the Knife:

mac the knife,this machine kills facists

I am glad that Etsy exists so that my demographic can be pandered to. My demographic being 30-something Mac users who are into Woodie Guthrie.

When I was dumping that photo off my camera, I also found the one photo I took during the G20 Redux rally:

the unruly populace must be punished,g20

And I know you guys all like space whales (warning: TVTropes link) as much as I do (except [livejournal.com profile] ed_rex, who hates space whales and also America and freedom), so you will be pleased to know that there is a Tumblr called Fuck Yeah Space Whales. Space whales are the greatest thing in skiffy. Seriously, any decently written space whale story, regardless of whatever flaws exist in it, will almost always bring me to tears. My love for space whales is not even remotely ironic.

Which reminds me that I'm long overdue for my post about narrative kinks. The last massive narrative kink list I posted was like seven years ago before I'd heard of steampunk. I have some new ones now.
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I love this live version of "Ghost of Tom Joad":



Note what Tom Morello is wearing. The Vancouver IWW branch gave it to him. They were kind of excited to see this video.

I already put this on my Facebook, but it's my sincere belief that it needs to be seen by as many people as possible.

May Day!

May. 1st, 2009 06:53 am
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May Day, you guys!

Here, you can sing along:



May Day!

May. 1st, 2009 06:53 am
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May Day, you guys!

Here, you can sing along:



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Because I like icons. If LJ dies, I'll blog somewhere else, but I'd miss the icons.

cut for memesheep content )


Speaking of stuff I made: I don't know if I've mentioned it here before, but I do the layout of the IWW's Spanish newsletter, Solidaridad. It is pretty popular, especially in Latin America, but today I received the best compliment ever on it:
RE: Solidaridad edicion #8!

Quote:looks freaking sweet.


Agreed. Nice one comrade.

I find the lots of white space and well laid out, easily photocopiable, and interesting-looking and drawing-in-ness usually gives me a near sexual experience when I think of the sensible way this publication is distributed. I've been showing it to people for a wee while now. I really really like it, and I think it does the union proud.


Yay, people wank over my graphic design!


Since this post is already full of random shit that makes me happy, have a video.

This song is awesome and you know it.
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Because I like icons. If LJ dies, I'll blog somewhere else, but I'd miss the icons.

cut for memesheep content )


Speaking of stuff I made: I don't know if I've mentioned it here before, but I do the layout of the IWW's Spanish newsletter, Solidaridad. It is pretty popular, especially in Latin America, but today I received the best compliment ever on it:
RE: Solidaridad edicion #8!

Quote:looks freaking sweet.


Agreed. Nice one comrade.

I find the lots of white space and well laid out, easily photocopiable, and interesting-looking and drawing-in-ness usually gives me a near sexual experience when I think of the sensible way this publication is distributed. I've been showing it to people for a wee while now. I really really like it, and I think it does the union proud.


Yay, people wank over my graphic design!


Since this post is already full of random shit that makes me happy, have a video.

This song is awesome and you know it.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (sweatshop nationalism)
This article is interesting because it had me going "yes, uh huh, wait, WTF no."

If it's tl;dr, I'll summarize: Basically, Carson argues that workers would have more power to negotiate under a hypothetical free market. I say hypothetical, because as we know, all historical attempts to increase the freedom of the market have been accompanied by attacks on the rights of workers. So we don't have an example of pure libertarianism to point to, but we do have examples of societies that are more libertarian than others, with few market restrictions. These include Pinochet's Chile, the Gilded Age, and present-day Iraq. Hardly workers' paradises, any of them.

I do agree with him at the beginning where he describes Taft-Hartley as defanging union struggles. But I think that a freer market, in order to survive, would pretty much have to outlaw unions altogether. I can't see it working any other way, because most people are going to choose job security, health care, and a social safety net over the "freedom" to work as hard as possible and make as much money as they can. Sure, there's a small proportion of the population that sees the latter option as a desirable goal in and of itself, and those are the people who rise to the top in a profit-oriented economy. Libertarianism assumes, however, that all people are like this.

Anyway, I was considering writing a long refutation of this, and then today, I ran across the following quote at Slacktivist:

"You’ve got that eternal idiotic idea that if anarchy came it would come from the poor. Why should it? The poor have been rebels, but they have never been anarchists; they have more interest than anyone else in there being some decent government. The poor man really has a stake in the country. The rich man hasn’t; he can go away to New Guinea in a yacht. The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all. Aristocrats were always anarchists."
— G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare


Replace "anarchism" with "libertarianism" or "someone who rattles on about the free market" and you have a better refutation than I could have come up with. Another impressive thing about The Shock Doctrine was how persuasively it argued for the ruling class' persistent interest in chaos.

It's embarrassing, incidentally, that Carson brings up the IWW, even though we have nothing to do with this sort of thinking. I'm not entirely sure how you get from "free market" to "classless society and abolition of the wage system," except via some frightening mental contortions.

The article also shows a staggering incomprehension of how the globalized economy works, but that's a subject for another post. Hint: Most of the working class is not actually committing corporate sabotage on their computers in office cubicles. You can only think that way if you don't understand that production has largely been outsourced to the Global South, where libertarian internet geeks can't see it.
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This article is interesting because it had me going "yes, uh huh, wait, WTF no."

If it's tl;dr, I'll summarize: Basically, Carson argues that workers would have more power to negotiate under a hypothetical free market. I say hypothetical, because as we know, all historical attempts to increase the freedom of the market have been accompanied by attacks on the rights of workers. So we don't have an example of pure libertarianism to point to, but we do have examples of societies that are more libertarian than others, with few market restrictions. These include Pinochet's Chile, the Gilded Age, and present-day Iraq. Hardly workers' paradises, any of them.

I do agree with him at the beginning where he describes Taft-Hartley as defanging union struggles. But I think that a freer market, in order to survive, would pretty much have to outlaw unions altogether. I can't see it working any other way, because most people are going to choose job security, health care, and a social safety net over the "freedom" to work as hard as possible and make as much money as they can. Sure, there's a small proportion of the population that sees the latter option as a desirable goal in and of itself, and those are the people who rise to the top in a profit-oriented economy. Libertarianism assumes, however, that all people are like this.

Anyway, I was considering writing a long refutation of this, and then today, I ran across the following quote at Slacktivist:

"You’ve got that eternal idiotic idea that if anarchy came it would come from the poor. Why should it? The poor have been rebels, but they have never been anarchists; they have more interest than anyone else in there being some decent government. The poor man really has a stake in the country. The rich man hasn’t; he can go away to New Guinea in a yacht. The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all. Aristocrats were always anarchists."
— G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare


Replace "anarchism" with "libertarianism" or "someone who rattles on about the free market" and you have a better refutation than I could have come up with. Another impressive thing about The Shock Doctrine was how persuasively it argued for the ruling class' persistent interest in chaos.

It's embarrassing, incidentally, that Carson brings up the IWW, even though we have nothing to do with this sort of thinking. I'm not entirely sure how you get from "free market" to "classless society and abolition of the wage system," except via some frightening mental contortions.

The article also shows a staggering incomprehension of how the globalized economy works, but that's a subject for another post. Hint: Most of the working class is not actually committing corporate sabotage on their computers in office cubicles. You can only think that way if you don't understand that production has largely been outsourced to the Global South, where libertarian internet geeks can't see it.
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R.I.P. Fellow Worker Utah Phillips

I just got this from the Vancouver branch:

Bruce U. Utah Phillips

from Chris Chandler

In a matter of a few minutes Anne Feeney phoned me from an airport in Houston. Al Grierson's "Lonely Deadhead Box-Car" was playing on Random on my iPod. After our conversation, I went to check my email. Jim Page was singing "Anna Mae." I had an email from Jim. I have pasted it below. As I read it Utah sang "All Used Up." As I responded to Jim's Email Arlo Guthrie sang "Hobo's Lullaby."

In the night of May 23, 2008, Bruce Duncan Phillips died in great peace, asleep in his bed in Nevada City, California, with his wife Joanna by his side.

Amazingly, at the very same instant that the scholar Bruce Phillips finally discovered his angle of repose, U. Utah Phillips flagged a westbound freight train. Yes, a mighty fast rattler, on a long west-bound track. He needed no ticket, he was welcomed on board.

The immediate family and neighbors of Bruce Phillips, along with any Wobblies who happen to be passing through, are gathering in Nevada City to do all the things that must be done. Please give them the quiet respect they so need right now.

But you can wave "So Long!" to Utah when that train moves west. Hey, hear the whistle? He's passing by right now!


I knew this was coming, but somehow, it still managed to come as a shock. Sadness of a particular sort, the sense that a link between generations has been lost, that there aren't enough old radicals passing on their stories to the young.

I met him only once, but it was unforgettable:

Photobucket

Utah was a great storyteller, a great Wobbly, and a great man. So long, Fellow Worker. Thank you for keeping the songs and the struggle alive.

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R.I.P. Fellow Worker Utah Phillips

I just got this from the Vancouver branch:

Bruce U. Utah Phillips

from Chris Chandler

In a matter of a few minutes Anne Feeney phoned me from an airport in Houston. Al Grierson's "Lonely Deadhead Box-Car" was playing on Random on my iPod. After our conversation, I went to check my email. Jim Page was singing "Anna Mae." I had an email from Jim. I have pasted it below. As I read it Utah sang "All Used Up." As I responded to Jim's Email Arlo Guthrie sang "Hobo's Lullaby."

In the night of May 23, 2008, Bruce Duncan Phillips died in great peace, asleep in his bed in Nevada City, California, with his wife Joanna by his side.

Amazingly, at the very same instant that the scholar Bruce Phillips finally discovered his angle of repose, U. Utah Phillips flagged a westbound freight train. Yes, a mighty fast rattler, on a long west-bound track. He needed no ticket, he was welcomed on board.

The immediate family and neighbors of Bruce Phillips, along with any Wobblies who happen to be passing through, are gathering in Nevada City to do all the things that must be done. Please give them the quiet respect they so need right now.

But you can wave "So Long!" to Utah when that train moves west. Hey, hear the whistle? He's passing by right now!


I knew this was coming, but somehow, it still managed to come as a shock. Sadness of a particular sort, the sense that a link between generations has been lost, that there aren't enough old radicals passing on their stories to the young.

I met him only once, but it was unforgettable:

Photobucket

Utah was a great storyteller, a great Wobbly, and a great man. So long, Fellow Worker. Thank you for keeping the songs and the struggle alive.

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May Day

Apr. 30th, 2008 06:44 pm
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Since I'll be spending May Day a) working and b) off the internets, I'll wish you all a happy May Day right now (and celebrate it along with the rest of the city on May 3). So there!


More of this, please.

And a look back: Brisbee deportations, 1917.

May Day

Apr. 30th, 2008 06:44 pm
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Since I'll be spending May Day a) working and b) off the internets, I'll wish you all a happy May Day right now (and celebrate it along with the rest of the city on May 3). So there!


More of this, please.

And a look back: Brisbee deportations, 1917.
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I <3 my union they are the best union ever
we had a public [anel and then went to mcveighs
and then got super-loaded

and everyne is awesome


yyaaaaaay!

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