It's May Day!
Over at another blog, I am giving some conservative the gears over socialism so let's not forget that the world we live in is that socialist paradise that workers one hundred years ago yearned for: public health infrastructure, fair wage laws, human rights laws, affordable or public insurances against any sort of calamity without which many families would be ruined. You know, just because the benefits in any given place are not what they are in Sweden or Saskatchewan, there isn't one western nation that isn't "socialist" from the perspective of an 1920's industrialist or an 1880's Chicago anarchist. I forgot child labour laws and subsidization of farmers and fair rent laws. And public libraries and municipal fire departments and parks. All socialist.
Thank Uncle Karl on this May Day for the wealth and stability which the sensible and free application of his ideas have brought us all. Save the winge and rant about leftist tyranny, too, as every set of principles, even Christ's, has been co-opted by the murderous tyrant. The misappropriation of the principles of socialism may be the most offensive in fact as your average military dictator or racist nationalist fascist hegemonist made no pretense of concern for the barrio, the slum or the ghetto. But that shame is not for today. No, today is about sweet moderate socialism as a cornerstone of a rich, free and democratic society which had been the balm to us all and that includes most certainly the good neighbours to the south as well. Hug a union worker today and be vigilent against those part-thinkers and self-servers who would undo one hundred years of progress.