DriveBy -The 1st of May is Labor Day in all the countries of the world (except in the US) to honor the workers in the fields and on the factory floors who actually create the wealth of a nation with their bare hands. It is a day internationally dedicated to the lowly employees.
The US, of course, "celebrates" Labor Day on an entirely different day from the rest of the world. That's because the corporate interests in America decided a long time ago that the American work force should not feel any sense of comradery or brotherhood with the other workers of the world. In the US, Labor Day is a day dedicated to the employers (watch Fox News on Labor Day) in a cynical perversion of what Labor Day is actually supposed to be about and to give the middle finger to the American workforce.
Art from Loth at Freaking News.
Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. - Abraham Lincoln
We forget the rich history of Labor and the struggle to get labor laws passed like the 8 hour day, 40 hour week, overtime pay, and an end to child labor. Republicans are working hard to send us back there. Are you paying attention?
May Day is also an ancient pagan holiday which celebrates the happy beginning of Summer. Thus the Solstice on the 21st is called Midsummer as in Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare.
Heigh-ho! Peter Quince! Flute, the bellows-mender! Snout, the tinker! Starveling! God's my life, stolen hence, and left me asleep! I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was. - BottomMy dream is simple. I want parity with other modern countries. I cannot say it better than Eugene Victor Debs.
Ten thousand times has the labor movement stumbled and fallen and bruised itself, and risen again; been seized by the throat and choked and clubbed into insensibility; enjoined by courts, assaulted by thugs, charged by the militia, shot down by regulars, traduced by the press, frowned upon by public opinion, deceived by politicians, threatened by priests, repudiated by renegades, preyed upon by grafters, infested by spies, deserted by cowards, betrayed by traitors, bled by leeches, and sold out by leaders, but notwithstanding all this, and all these, it is today the most vital and potential power this planet has ever known, and its historic mission of emancipating the workers of the world from the thraldom of the ages is as certain of ultimate realization as is the setting of the sun.
"An Ideal Labor Press," The Metal Worker (May 1904)