May Day

Does it not have a ring of deliberation about it that the day to honor workers, May Day, is also the gravest of distress signals for ships and aircraft?

Could some poetic, or at least etymological or sociological, or somtheing -logical, force have conferred this term with this dual meaning, indicating, perhaps obscurely, that if enough people start talking about May Day then a certain craft, or ship, or system, or something may be in danger?

Put another way, it’s fucked up that the day to celebrate worker solidarity is also what you say when your fucking ship is sinking. And today, that ship is terminal capitalism.

People died for the weekend and the 8-hour work day. People were murdered by the state in order to prevent humane scheduling. And we still deserve better.

Read about May Day, or International Workers Day, here on Wikipedia.

Or check out this article from the IWW from 1993.

If you work for a living you should be reading Jacobin. Today, May Day, you can get subscriptions starting at $1.68.

Live Work Work Work Work Die | by Corey Pein

Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the
American Soul | by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Homer's Odyssey | Translated by Norbert A.D. Albertson | Paperback

The Hapless Rube's Apocalypse Survival Guide | by Jack Barker | Paperback

Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud | by David Dayen

1 Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s