something to read while we reconsider yesterday & tomorrow...
SEPTEMBER 24 -- DOCTOR SEUSS
Green eggs & ham, eh? Inspired anarchist kids' writer.
Austrian & French theorist of liberation from work.
San Carlos Apache, Arizona:
FESTIVAL OF NAFULECTU
DILXILN, Big Black Spider.
1901 -- Emma Goldman released from jail.
Authorities had tried to make a case linking her to
the assassination of Beloved & Respected Comrade
Leader President McKinley. Dropped
for lack of evidence.
1909 -- Emma Goldman engages in free-speech battle in
Philadelphia for the next month. Being prevented from entering lecture
hall to exercise her so-called free speech rights,
Voltairine de Cleyre reads Goldman's lecture to the audience.
1918 -- Labor union, Industrial Workers of the World
(IWW), declared illegal in Canada.
1919 -- The Ukrainian Anarchists, seeing themselves
about to be caught in Denikin's vise, wheeled,
turning suddenly east.
Denikin's principle forces, continued chasing Makhno
westward, thinking the Anarchists were still in retreat.
Never did Denikin's staff dream that Makhno would
turn to attack the bulk of the White army. (& defeat them.)
Nestor Makhno, anarchist guerrilla, led Ukrainian forces
against both the Bolshevik Reds & the counter-revolutionary
1929 -- Author Evgeny Zamiatin "resigns" under
threat of expulsion from the Soviet All Russian
Writers Union. Wrote A Soviet Heretic, & the sci-fi
1934 -- John Brunner, British sci-fi author looks up.
Author of Shockwave Rider; The Sheep Look
Up; Stand on Zanzibar, dystopian forerunners of
Eyes will be fixed open, pupils dilated. Breathing is
ragged & violent. Saliva may drool from a
mucker's mouth. Everyday clothing may tear
from abnormally contracted biceps or thigh
muscles. (If the mucker is male, full erection
may be conspicuous.) The best defense from
a mucker is not to be there when it happens.
— John Brunner, Stand on Zanzibar
1953 -- Brainwashed?: 23 Korean-American prisoners
of war, who have refused to be repatriated to the United
States during a United Nations prisoner exchange, are
turned over to India by the North Korean command.
1968 -- Mexican soldiers battle students at the National
University in Mexico City, killing 17 & arresting at
1968 -- US: Anti-war protesters destroy 10,000
draft files in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1969 -- US: Chicago 8 Conspiracy Trial begins.
David Dellinger, Rennie Davis, Thomas Hayden,
Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, John Froines, Lee
Weiner, Bobby Seale go on trial.
1969 -- US: At 4:45 p.m., 15 minutes after the second shift
had begun, Local 598 Fisher Body workers take on GM in the
longest strike by the UAW in GM history.
"Absenteeism, wildcat strikes. turnover, & industrial
sabotage [have) become an increasingly significant part of
the cost of doing business."
— John Zerzan, "Organized Labor versus
'The Revolt Against Work'"
1971 -- England: Although authorities claim to have arrested "all"
of the Angry Brigade, the AB bombs Albany Street army barracks
(near Bomb Squad HQ) in protest against army actions in Ireland.
1976 -- Cuba: Armando Hart (prominent member of Castro's ruling
junta) praises Soviet achievements under Stalin & urges Cubans to
follow Stalin's example.
The whole labor force is mobilized (in military fashion) for
harvesting the 10 million ton sugar crop while the rest of the
economy is neglected.
The campaign fails.
The Castro government never seriously intended to allow
meaningful participation of the workers in management.
K.S. Karol reveals that in 1968
"... Castro himself confessed to me that he saw no chance of
granting the workers the right to self-management in the near
future — let alone of introducing a truly socialist mode
of production ..."
1988 -- Canada's Ben Johnson runs drug-assisted 100 m in 9.79 sec.
SEE the Chariot at hand here of Love,
Wherein my Lady rideth!
But enjoy such a sight,
That they still were to run by
Through swords, through seas,
whither she would ride.
— Ben Jonson, "The Triumph"
1991 -- American children's anarchist writer Dr. Seuss dies.
business is business!
And business must grow
regardless of crummies in tummies, you know.
I meant no harm. I most truly did not.
But I had to grow bigger. So bigger I got.
I biggered my factory. I biggered my roads.
I biggered my wagons. I biggered the loads
of the Thneeds I shipped out. I was shipping them forth
to the South! To the East! To the West! To the North!
I went right on biggering... selling more Thneeds.
And I biggered my money, which everyone needs.
— The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss
sOMe more fine pomes:
& What's What!:
1991 -- Doogie Howser loses his virginity. HowsZat?!
1994 -- Make Change?: Protesters crash the Washington,
D.C. 50th birthday party of the World Bank & International
1995 -- As part of International Buy Nothing Day,
activists dressed as rats urge shoppers at a Dutch
shopping mall to "leave the rat race."
1998 -- France: Mr. I/eye & Mr. Imagination in Paris
for a show of outsider artists in the
2007: -- France: Zerowork activist, ecologist Andre Gorz (aka Michel
Bosquet) found dead, a joint suicide with his terminally-ill wife,
at his home in Vosnon. His book Lettre à D. Histoire d'un
amour (Galilée, 2006) was dedicated to his wife, & was a way
to tell of the love he had for her. "We often said that if it were someway
possible to have a second life, we would want to live it together.”
On September 22 they began their second life together.
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except for original errors