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10 years ago  ::  Nov 11, 2008 - 6:10AM #1
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Today, November 11, is a very significant day in supporting and remembering those who have served, are serving, and will serve in our armed forces.

However, I wish to revive or bring to the fore front in some small way an issue that has become covered by the dusts of time, indifference and complacency. There are some here who may recognize the name August Spies. Many will not. Mr. Spies was not unlike many of our upstanding citizens today. He served for the greater good of the common man in this country. August Spies was executed on this day in 1887. 

Rightly labelled a radical, Spies sought to end overbearing oppression of the wage class by the bosses of Chicago's industrial complex. Though his speech was harsh, his motives and intentions were just. However, his leadership and angry voice drew the attention and disapproving eye of the industrial capitalists.

More people may be aware of our origin of May day and the world labor movement. Some may not. The Haymarket Tragedy of May 4 1886 began (or continued) the war upon the working class. After assembling for a peaceful labor meeting, Spies and his supporters found themselves in the middle of a riot that tragically led to the death of a policeman and countless labor protestors.

The real tragedy, and the reason I write this, is that a memory is almost lost. The events surrounding the Haymarket Tragedy began the marginalizing of the Anarchist movement. Today we think of punk rockers, chaos, and criminals. All of which are not representative of the true Anarchist, but are charactaristics used to veil the true intellect and logic of the Anarchist from the populace.

August Spies was tried and sentenced to death along with three of his supporters. In what can only be called a gross ineptitude of justice, the 4 men were sentenced without a single piece of evidence. In addition the jury was specificly selected by a member of the court rather than at random, the jury included a family member of the slain officer and there were countless witnesses that confirmed none of the men on trial threw the bomb that killed the officer.

Prior to his death, August Spies left us one last thought

"There will be a time when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you strangle today."

Today I ask that we remember that we too are the working man, the common man. Even those of us who may be "upper middle class" are subjects to oppression. Governments and corporations are not what make this country great. Corporations will sell their own country out for a better bottom line. Government's only interests are to exist.

Just because life is good, the mortgage is reasonable, the Hummer is polished and the job is stable, do not be lulled into believing in a freedom that is not real. The easiest slave to control is the one that thinks he's free.
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10 years ago  ::  Nov 11, 2008 - 9:56PM #2
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God bless the Veterans on Veterans Day and may they all be blessed.
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