Raw, adjective: 8. brutally harsh or unfair: a raw deal

Being the diehard Karl Marx groupie that I am, I can't help but take a second to point out that today, May Day, is less about Maypoles or May baskets and more about workers' rights and the international labor movement. In pretty much every country but the US (and Canada, I think?), Labor Day is celebrated on the 1st, in honor of the Haymarket martyrs of 1886 and the labor riots that followed. Commies and pinkos across the world are marching, chanting and demonstrating today in support of workers' rights and general solidarity.

So here's a shout-out to my man Karl and his legacy of awareness of the rights of the proletariat - the little guys, the cogs, who make the big machines run and keep the superstructure afloat. If you want to read a fab little bit on Marx from a site on European intellectual history (c'mon, embrace the dorkdom and just run with it), go here for the goods. This guy's work is the foundation of pretty much all of my own academic work tying together commodification, sexuality, capital, the body and notions of salvation and redemption. (I might need a cold shower after that link. Whew.)

Today they're having big marches in both Oakland and SF in the name of immigration rights. Just last week Gavin reiterated that SF will be a place of sanctuary for illegal aliens. This is very cool. Go Gav.

So take a breather between Maypole dances to send out good vibes to the people showing solidarity on behalf of the little guys today. Karl would approve.

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molly said…
you should tell us more about your work. well, i dont want to tell you what you should do. but id like to hear about it.

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