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Rather belated (I meant to post them a week apart), here's part two of Waylon Hedegaard's history of the labour union. If anything, this one was more interesting than the previous, for me, as he's now addressing the USian history, much of which I know less about than that of my own country.

While there's some parallel with the British history of the same time, the stereotype of the US doing everything bigger, brasher and louder is once again shown to have at least a kernel of truth. We certainly had our company towns, anarchists, politicians willing to send the army in to break strikes and so forth (and anyone who sees Winston Churchill as the saint he's sometimes made out to be should really read about the Tonypandy riots sometime, let alone his views on home rule for Ireland and India). The US, though, had them in spades; the company towns were even more like petty fiefdoms, the strike-breakers, and the strikers, even more violent, the profit-first-and-bugger-the-morals capitalism even more untrammelled.

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Back when I first stumbled into the online atheist community, one of the first blogs I regularly engaged with, after a short spell of arguing under YouTube videos (not a great venue), was that of the sadly now inactive Blessed Atheist, who had set himself the rather too monumental task of examining the entire Bible from a literalist perspective (something many fundamentalists claim to, but seldom actually, do). It's been over a year since his last post appeared there, and the occasional comment which turns up in my feed is nearly always spam. Such is life; bloggers become non-bloggers, or move on to other projects; and Mr Hedegaard always was something of a workaholic, having way more irons in way more fires than is conducive to a relaxed life. Something had to go, and apparently it was that blog which went. Ho-hum.

Anyways, partly because I feel something of a debt of gratitude to him, having been so warmly welcomed at his blog, and partly because the subject is both interesting and important, here's Waylon Hedegaard, in a video spotted some time back by Rustiguzzi, talking about the history of the labour union. It's a four-part series, and I intend to post them weekly for, obviously, four weeks. If you're impatient, though, the rest of the series is available here.
Daz


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Twelve Modern Short Novels

I don't often post about personal stuff, but I just had to share this with the several of my readers who I know to be ardent bibliophiles. Or maybe that's 'bibliophages,' given the rate at which some of 'em appear to positively devour printed matter.

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