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December 2nd, 2014


denis_deev
03:45 pm - Towards a renewal of the Liberation theory. Part I
marx1The specter of communism, which had been discerned by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in 1848, has never gained flesh and blood (if, of course, we won't treat monstrous regimes most of which are now solidly buried into the graves dug by the mole of History, as "communist"). Something went wrong…

If we look into history we shall find that Marxism, as an idea which acquired consciousness of the masses, was active only for a rather short time period - that is about half a century in Europe (70s of the XIX century - 20s of the XX century) and the same span in Asia and Latin America (20s - 70s of the XX century). Thus, Marxism met mature stage of the industrialization process in the West and the initial stage of that one in the East.

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November 19th, 2013


silverwhistle
01:50 pm - 98 Years Today
My will is easy to decide,
For there is nothing to divide.
My kin don't need to fuss and moan --
"Moss does not cling to rolling stone."

My body? Ah, If I could choose,
I would to ashes it reduce,
And let the merry breezes blow
My dust to where some flowers grow.

Perhaps some fading flower then
Would come to life and bloom again.
This is my Last and Final Will.
Good luck to all of you. –– Joe Hill

In memory of FW Joel Emmanuel Hägglund (1879-1915)

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November 19th, 2012


silverwhistle
07:03 pm - 97 Years Ago...
"I have lived like an artist, and I shall die like an artist"
"I have lived like a rebel, and I shall die like a rebel"
"Don't waste any time in mourning – organize!"

My will is easy to decide,
For there is nothing to divide.
My kin don't need to fuss and moan --
"Moss does not cling to a rolling stone."

My body? Ah, If I could choose,
I would to ashes it reduce,
And let the merry breezes blow
My dust to where some flowers grow.

Perhaps some fading flower then
Would come to life and bloom again.
This is my last and final will.
Good luck to all of you.

Joe Hill

Current Location: Glasgow
Current Mood: calmcalm

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November 2nd, 2011


silverwhistle
09:34 am - Modern song about the Hatfield/Chambers assassination
I'm not normally a big country music fan, but I discovered this number, by Alan 'Cathead' Johnston, about the assassination of Sid Hatfield and Ed Chambers, on YouTube (the images are from The Terror of the Tug, a locally-produced drama on the subject):

There is archive film footage of the real Sid: an impish-looking wee lad, who looks nearer 14 than 28, with a goofy, gold-capped grin - and the heart of a lion. The film clip gets his name wrong, though: he was William Sidney, not Albert Sidney. (According to Lon Savage's Thunder in the Mountains, there's uncertainty whether he really was a Hatfield or not: his mother's husband raised him, but may not have been his biological father.) There's an interesting article here re: the depiction of him and the battle of Matewan in the film of the same name (in which he was played by David Strathairn). However, the author muddles the details of Sid's death with Ed Chambers': it was Ed who got most of the bullets and was shot in the head by Charlie Lively (who was being battered by Sallie Chambers with her parasol); Sid died of 3-4 chest wounds, pretty much instantly. The death certificates can be found online.
Current Location: Glasgow
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Alan 'Cathead' Johnston, Sid

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November 1st, 2011


silverwhistle
09:06 pm - New Battle for Blair Mountain
I've recently got interested in the West Virginia Mine War, to be horrified that there is a new battle for Blair Mountain, the site of the miners' uprising (some call it the largest civil uprising after the American Civil War). It's an event which is often glossed over in history teaching. Historic site status (which the landowners didn't like, unsurprisingly) has been revoked to allow strip-mining/mountaintop removal. There was a commemorative march this summer for the 90th anniversary of the battle. Some familiar faces took part, at least in image: pocket-sized heroic young police chief Sid Hatfield and his friend Ed Chambers. This looks like a deliberate attempt to physically eradicate working class history (there is still battle archaeology: bomb and bullet remains, & c.), as well as an environmental disaster. There is an ongoing campaign to save the site.
Current Location: Glasgow
Current Mood: angryangry
Current Music: Alan 'Cathead' Johnston, Sid

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October 7th, 2011


silverwhistle
04:22 pm - Happy 132nd Birthday, Joe!
In honour of the Birthday Boy.

Tomorrow I'm off to the Scottish IWW meeting.

Edited to add:
Wobbling went well, and I am going to get more active in my local branch. There is a tremendous historical legacy to be brought forward, and it seems to me increasingly relevant. I hope to post more on Wobbly and related history and culture.
Current Location: Glasgow
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful

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September 24th, 2011


silverwhistle
07:10 pm - Joe Hill: Adler's 'The Man Who Never Died'
Well, as a result of the Guardian's post by Clancy Segal for Labour Day, I found myself captivated by the lovely Joe, and began reading up on him in some earnest. Here are some thoughts on William M Adler's new biography, The Man Who Never Died (I'll cover some other works in a later post)Read more...Collapse )
Current Location: Glasgow
Current Mood: besotted

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September 13th, 2011


silverwhistle
02:05 pm - Greetings - with info on new Joe Hill biography
Hi! New member here! I come bearing gifts and eye-candy! Thought you'd like to know about this article in the Guardian. I've ordered the new Adler biography, and will be interested to see his arguments in full. The NY Times piece is very good. I'd known the Hayes/Robinson song for years (my parents are Robeson fans, and I heard The Laggan perform it in the early '80s) and a little of the story, but I'd never seen any photos of him before... so I must confess myself smitten!
Current Location: Glasgow
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: Guess...

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February 10th, 2011


alex_lbov
01:17 pm - Russian labour history - what wold you like to know
Hi, people. I'm now making a job of translating some of my old posts from Russian. Some of them are dedicated to the history of the Russian Great October Revolution,Soviet Union, ACP(b) etc. What problems of Russian history are you the most interested of?
I can also make some posts especially for this community based on the wide material I have.

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December 14th, 2010


lovableatheist
02:48 pm - spam posts
Hey everyone. Even though this group isn't the most active, I am trying to stay on top of all of the spam posts to make sure your friends lists are clear of random russian (?) spam and porn posts. So if you see some up, please be a bit patient and know that I'm deleting them as soon as I see them. In the meantime, try not to encourage them by clicking on the links.

thanks.

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