December 17, 2010
Solidarity For Never

This is from an essay by George Orwell. Reading it I thought of Nixon’s exploitation of the hard hats whose sons and brothers he was sacrificing in Vietnam to get reelected. And of the working class dupes in the red states who turn out on election day every four years, if they turn out at all, to shoot themselves in the foot.

The backbone of the resistance against Franco was the Spanish working class, especially the urban trade union members. In the long run — it is important to remember that it is only in the long run — the working class remains the most reliable enemy of Fascism, simply because the working-class stands to gain most by a decent reconstruction of society. Unlike other classes or categories, it can't be permanently bribed…

Time after time, in country after country, the organized working-class movements have been crushed by open, illegal violence, and their comrades abroad, linked to them in theoretical solidarity, have simply looked on and done nothing; and underneath this, secret cause of many betrayals, has lain the fact that between white and coloured workers there is not even lip-service to solidarity.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at December 17, 2010 01:07 PM
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Back when I lived in Seattle for a few years these types of events were always blamed on a few redneck southerners. You know, the folks who came from Oklahoma there in the 1930s when Woody Guthrie was hired by the Bonneville Power Authority to bring Southerners into the Northeast to work to build the dams. Woody actually did write a number of songs — 26 in fact — that are classics and were put out on an album some years ago. You know, songs like "Roll on Columbia, Roll on.

An album is chronicled on Amazon that contains many of them here and if you listen to the previews you'll probably recognize quite a few:

Google Woody Guthrie and the Bonneville Power Authority to get more of the history.

Sadly, knowing what I do about people like Inhofe from Oklahoma, maybe there is an element of truth in some of those old stories from Seattle.

Posted by: Buck on December 17, 2010 3:11 PM

OOPS, the preceding comment in this post was meant for your post that is above it. These three latest posts are some of your best Jerry. Good hard hitting stuff.

Posted by: on December 17, 2010 4:37 PM
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