Happy Labor Day
Happy Labor Day to all! Few people today know the origins of Labor Day yet it is a remembrance celebrated across the world. In a period of rampant Cowboy Capitalism, very similar to today’s environment, hundreds of workers peacefully demonstrating were gunned down in cold blood by direct order of the President of the United States, Grover Cleveland. This hideous act of murder became the inspiration for the worldwide expansion of the socialist movements who tied their platforms to worker’s rights.
In most countries Labor Day is celebrated May 1. In the US worker’s demonstrations were banned for almost a decade. As the political tide turned and the workers gained more rights the celebration was permitted in the US but instead of remembering the massacre of 1886, the original September date of the New York worker’s demonstrations was adopted.
So while we are barbequing and going to our Labor Day sales perhaps a couple of minutes considering our culture could be valuable.