01 May 2012

May Day

For information on actions near you try here
If you are from the Rochester area - look here.


And remember, in the late 19th C, when May Day was invented as a working class tradition (see Eric Hobsbawm on that) it revolved around general strikes for the eight hour day. Many - especially capitalists - viewed the notion workers might put in just 8 hours at work as wholly fantastic - in the sense of being something that was simply not possible. We now know just how well-founded that belief turned out to be. Imagination, the capacity to entertain possibilities or what might be the case, is central to politics. It was central to the worker's movement and it is central to Occupy.

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