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I think Dr. Loomis needs a calender. Labor Day is an international holiday and is celebrated on the first of May not in September.
Does that include Ghana, also known as Paradise on Earth (TM)?
Of course it includes Ghana. Kwame Nkrumah was a strong supporter of workers rights. He after all did build the Workers College or Accra City Campus of University of Ghana where I teach on Wednesdays so that industrial workers could have higher education.
If you didn’t teach on Wednesdays would that prevent industrial workers from getting a higher education?
Some of them.
Isn’t May Day a bit Red for you, Dr. Pohl?
No, it is a minor holiday in the former USSR. I lived in Kyrgyzstan for four years. The big holiday which gives legitimacy to the Soviet political past and particularly the most popular Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin is 9 May or Victory Day. No communist has paid attention any real to workers’ rights for a long time since it is considered “mere trade union consciousness.” Independent trade unions were crushed already under Lenin. Instead the Reds pay attention to the military glory of 9 May 1945 when the Soviet Union managed to conquer half of Europe for nearly half a century.
Oops I meant “No communist has paid any real attention to workers’ rights for a long time…”
You do realize that there are and have been socialists outside of the former Soviet bloc (even here at LGM!), aren’t you? The holiday itself is a socialist holiday celebrated by socialists and members of the labor movement worldwide. Maybe you should get out a bit more.
Well there was Mao in China, but he was not nearly as successful as the Soviets. The USSR was the most successful socialist experiment ever conducted on a large scale. But, its forced development could only be achieved at great human costs. Something Lenin and his followers were well aware of even in 1917. Most leftists in the world during the 20th Century were in fact pro-Soviet rather than being Trotskyites, Maoists, or other smaller socialist factions. May Day predates the formation of the USSR and it gets scant attention as I said compared to “Victory Day.” It is much more fun to celebrate the mass deportation of Estonian and Latvian women and children than non-existent workers’s rights.
We’ll meet again,
Don’t know where,don’t know when.
But I know we’ll meet again, some sunny day.
It’s simply not true that gas prices aree at an all time high
Otto’s exact phrasing (which the linked article makes more clear) is “for this holiday” which looking at your graph seems to be technically correct, although just barely. Gasoline cost more in the Summer of 2008, but not on Labor Day. (Later in September the price of gasoline went down quite a lot when the whole global financial crisis thing.)
That’s a completely meaningless statistic, of course. Which is fine if you’re a small Michigan radio station making a tiny article about some minor bit of trivia, but is at best misleading if you try to make a political point about it.
One of those highly-paid Youth Services caseworker jobs, perhaps.
you do know they can write a piece at any time and have it posted at a different time
a de facto government job
…except for everyone who works at a private college.
With certain notable exceptions, college professors work for the government.
Wait, I know: professors at private colleges are honorable makers, while professors who do exactly the same job at a public college are debased moochers.
I personally am more of a de-acidified moocher
the LSD ran out again?
and right before we started our trip
Gosh, why would gasoline prices be so high?
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