The Radical (and Suppressed) Origins of Labor Day

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This Labor Day I’ve been thinking about how the American Empire has (beginning in 1882 and adding insult to injury in 2003) co opted a time for subversive direct action and turned it into a day of mindless barbecuing and Frisbee.

More on this here and here.

2 Responses to “The Radical (and Suppressed) Origins of Labor Day”


  1. 1 Benjamin Williams September 2, 2008 at 12:32 am

    So if one is part of “American Christianity” that has a problem with Socialism and maybe Unions, should they have worked today, ignoring the holiday?

  2. 2 Jon Reid September 3, 2008 at 2:30 am

    Wow! I did not know the history.


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