It’s Labor Day! And you know what that means…no, not hot dogs and barbecue and all the soporific consumption The Man wants you to practice. It’s a day of righteous anger.
Remember the Ludlow Massacre, when the corporate bosses joined hands with the police and military to slaughter men, women, and children with gatling guns and cavalry because they dared to strike for reasonable working hours and the right to not live in thrall to the company store. Woody Guthrie wrote a song about it.
And you all know about Joe Hill, right? Executed on a trumped up murder charge for inspiring the labor movement with sacrilegious songs that mocked capitalism.
You have to listen to his music — not only was it pro-labor, it was radically anti-clerical. Atheism has always been political, progressive, and opposed to injustice.
Workers of the world, awaken!
Rise in all your splendid might;
Take the wealth that you are making,
It belongs to you by right.
Never forget, either, that Republicans hate unions, and Democrats lately haven’t been much better. Don’t trust anyone who loves gods more than they do labor. Don’t be fooled by the “right to work” rhetoric — that’s more about right to oppress.