Our Daily Bleed...
That is all the Walker thinks, as he walks throughout the night.
& that is what two hundred minds drowned in the darkness &
the silence of the night think, & that is also what I think.
Wonderful is the supreme wisdom of the jail that makes all think
the same thought. Marvelous is the providence of the law
that equalizes all, even, in mind & sentiment. Fallen is the
last barrier of privilege, the aristocracy of the intellect.
The democracy of reason has leveled all the two hundred minds
to the common surface of the same thought.
I, who have never killed, think like the murderer;
I, who have never stolen, reason like the thief...
— Arturo Giovannitti, excerpt, The Walker, 1914
British radical social historian
& anti-war activist.
FESTIVAL OF NEON REVOLUTION.
430 -- Death of St. Augustine of Hippo.
1749 -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe lives. German poet, novelist, playwright & natural philosopher, one of the great figures in Western literature.
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name, oh yeah
But what's confusing you
Is just the nature of my game
Just as every cop is a criminal
And all the sinners Saints
As I end this tale
Just call me Lucifer
'Cause I'm in need of some restraint
So if you meet me
Have some courtesy
Have some sympathy, & some taste
Use all your well learned qualities
Or I'll lay your soul to waste, um yeah
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name, um yeah
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game...
"Goethe, certified public accountant of Weimar, could not understand that the manners of the peasant & the chivalrous etiquette of the aristocrat were only the devices of a truce with chaos — not social disorder, but the chaos before Time, over which the Spirit brooded.
My mother used to say, "A snob is a person who mimics the manners of the class above him."
— Kenneth Rexroth, More Classics Revisited, page 89.
1828 -- Russia: Leo Tolstoy, author & anarchist religious pacifist, according to the Russian calendar in use at this time, lives, Yasnay, Polyana. Major influence on Gandhi & Martin Luther King, Jr.
1830 -- England: Thrash Compacter? The first trashing of a threshing machine at Lower Hardres near Canterbury in the two years of rural labor insurrections known as the Swing Riots.
The Swing Riots have previously involved hayrick & barn arson, intimidation & extortion of landowners & parsons. Though repressed, Swing is far more successful than Ludd: agricultural wages are forced higher & the introduction of mechanisation is blocked for decades.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'
1837 -- Pharmacists John Lea & William Perrins manufacture Worcester Sauce.
1882 -- Gustaf Hellström, Swedish realist novelist, journalist, & literary critic, lives, Kristianstad.
1882 -- Práxedis Gilberto Guerrero lives, Los Altos de Ibarra, Guanajuanto.
Mexican militant, Magonista insurgent killed while leading an uprising.
PRAXEDIS GUERRERO, Bleed Saint 2009-2010
journalist of the Mexican Revolution.
[Details / context]
1884 -- US: First known photograph of a tornado is made near Howard, South Dakota.
1891 -- France: Oh, My Aching Head!!??: In Paris, Henri Louis Decamps is sentenced to five years in prison, Charles Auguste Dardare gets three years & Louis Leveillé is acquitted.
Police in Clichy had attacked a six-man anarchist rally on May Day. They defended themselves with guns, these three were charged with attacking the police.
Determined to avenge this perceived travesty of justice, Ravachol goes after the presiding judge (March 11, 1892) & the prosecutor (March 27) with bombs.
"They can cut off my head. I will bear it proudly right up to the gallows.28 août 1891, Cour d'assises de la Seine présidée par M. Benoît, président de la Cour M. Benoît, 27 mars à l'avocat général Bulot. "Ma tête, on peut la couper. Je la livre; je la porterai fière et droite devant l'échafaud. Une tête d'anarchiste de plus ou de moins n'empêchera pas la propagande." Déclaration de Decamps à son procès. // "My head, one can cut it off. I will deliver it; I will carry it proudly & rightly so before the scaffold. The head of one less anarchist will not silence us."
One anarchist's head more or less won't hinder the spreading of our message."
— Declaration of Decamps during his trial
1892 -- Augustin Souchy, German militant, pacifist, lives (1892-1984), Ratibor.
"Equality, Liberty, Fraternity, the great dreams of the French Revolution, have not yet been realised in the world. They were being realised in Aragon. The peasant was free from political oppression & the exploitation of the great landholders. Liberty was won in battle. Equality was organised. Fraternity lived in the hearts of the people."
1893 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Samuel Gompers addresses the International Labor Congress at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
1898 -- Russia: Oh, Sure!?! Tsar Nicholas II proclaims international conference to make lasting peace.
1898 -- Perú: Government prevents Manuel González Prada delivering his speech "Free Thought of Action" to the third Conference organized by the League of Freethinkers of Perú.
1903 -- US: Utopian nature planner F. Law Olsted dies, Belmont, Massachusetts.
1904 -- Spain: Agustín Remiro Manero lives (1904-1942).
Joined the Durruti Column in July 1936, commanding a battalion of machine-guns.
Interned like thousands of other Spanish anarchist refugees in the camps in southern France, Agustín Remiro returned to Spain to continue fighting as a guerrillero against the fascists. He was captured, tortured, then killed during an attempted prison escape.
1908 -- Joseph Conrad writes to critic Edward Garnett, who helped publicize his works: "I am earnest, terribly earnest. Carlyle bending over the history of Frederick called the Great was a mere trifle, a volatile butterfly, in comparison."
1913 -- Robertson Davies, Canadian playwright/novelist best known for The Deptford Trilogy, lives, Thamesville, Ontario.
1916 -- US: Radical American sociologist C. Wright Mills lives, W[h]aco, Texass.
Daily Bleed Saint 2004
Intellectual rebel, champion of the Cuban revolution,
patron saint of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).
1916 -- Science fiction author Jack Vance lives.
One day I'll hear Jack Vance died, & I'll be bereft. I used to jokingly say we had to replace him afterward. Like it was a dirty job to be stuck writing brilliantly. I just finished reading The Killing Machine recently. Must have been the seventh time now in fifteen years.
— David McCusker
1918 -- Big Bill Haywood (Daily Bleed Saint) & 14 other IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) labor activists sentenced to 20 years prison & fined, for draft obstruction.
1919 -- US: Seattle mayor demands,
"Hang or incarcerate all anarchists for life."
1920 -- Italy: Bologna conference, Errico Malatesta & Bonazzi being present as before. This time moderate leaders participate & a manifesto is signed by the Partito Socialista Italiano along with the Unione Anarchica Italiana, the moderate Confederazione Generale del Lavoro, & the Unione Syndicale Italiana, the Socialist Avanti & Umanita Nova, etc.
The metal workers had then already begun obstructionist tactics (ostrazionismo operaio) in the factories, about Aug. 20, & at the close of August & during the first days of September that wonderful & hitherto unique phenomenon, the occupation of the factories by the workers began, a grim, determined, efficient & complete occupation, ready for armed defense, if necessary, & meanwhile carrying on the usual work in a competent way, as if capitalism had never existed.
1920 -- US Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Governor Cornwell requests federal troops to guard the mines of southern West Virginia. They arrive in Williamson the next day. In September rioting in Williamson follows attempts of local coal operators to import strikebreakers into the area.
1921 -- Perú: Fernando Fernán-Gómez lives (1921-2007), Lima.
Famed Spanish film actor & director, novelist, anarchist.
(His mother, Spanish actress Carola Fernán-Gómez, was making a tour of Latin America at the time of his birth.)
1922 -- US: Seductive aromas banned from beauty contests.
1922 -- US: The first-ever radio commercial airs on station WEAF in New York City. Announcer H. M. Blackwell speaks for 10-minutes on behalf of the Queensboro Realty Company, who paid $100 for the air-time.
1926 -- Nicaragua: For the umpteenth time Marines land, at Bluefields, to "protect US interests."
1927 -- US: Ashes to Ashes?: Sacco-Vanzetti funeral procession from North End to Forest Hills Cemetery. The anarchists are cremated. In September all Hollywood newsreels on Sacco & Vanzetti are ordered destroyed by Will Hayes, movie czar.
1929 -- The editing of Look Homeward, Angel is completed, a job that reminds Thomas Wolfe of putting corsets on an elephant.
1931 -- Italy: The government requires university teachers to take a Pledge of Allegiance to fascism. Why bother??!
Of 1200, only 12 teachers refuse & they are fired. The moral & critical bankruptcy of intellectuals universally, & their pathetic submission to the state & power, is well demonstrated once again.
1933 -- US: Filipino Labor Union leads 6,000 California lettuce workers out on strike, demanding 40-45 cents an hour, union recognition & improved working conditions.
Unity quickly dissolves when white strikers break away from the Filipinos & agree to arbitration. Facing the Filipinos alone, growers open a propaganda front, circulating stories claiming Communist infiltration of the union. Assisted by the highway patrol & armed vigilantes, they drive off 500 strikers.
The struggle comes to a head in late September, when vigilantes attack the camp of Filipino union president Rufo Canete. They burn the camp to the ground & force strikers to flee for their lives. The police then raid union headquarters in Salinas, arresting scores of strikers & their leaders. But the strikers hold out. The settlement gives them wages of 40 cents an hour & union recognition.
1936 -- Spain: At Monte Pelado, near Huesca, Aragon, the Italian section of the Ascaso Column, headed by Mario Angeloni & the libertarians Carlo Rosselli, Camillo Berneri & Umberto Tommasini, repulse the attack by fascist forces. Angeloni & the anarchists Michele Centrone, Fosco Falaschi & Vincenzo Perrone are killed. After defeating the Nationalists, Berneri is sent to Barcelona to do propaganda work because of problems with his vision & hearing.
1938 -- US: Northwestern University confers an honorary degree on ventriloquist Edgar Bergen's dummy Charley McCarthy. Who now is the dummy?!
1945 -- China: American Ambassador Hurley escorts Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Mao Tse-tung to Chungking to negotiate with Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Chiang Kai-shek.
[Source: K.S. Karol]
1955 -- US: While visiting family in Money, Mississippi, African-American teenager Emmett Till is brutally murdered after speaking "inappropriately" to a white woman.
The questionable trial that follows, & Mrs. Till's decision to display her son's mutilated remains during an open-casket funeral, help to mobilize opposition to segregation in America.
Probably the most important troubadour of the movement in the early 1960s was Bob Dylan, who had performed on sites where "black is the color & none is the number." Born in the same year as his fellow Midwesterner Till, Dylan was to transcribe his sense of horror in the Delta in an early song, "The Death of Emmett Till." Excerpt:
Some men they dragged him to a barn
& there they beat him up.
They said they had a reason,
but I can't remember what.
They tortured him & did some things
too evil to repeat.
They were screaming sounds inside the barn,
there was laughing sounds out on the street.
Then they rolled his body down a gulf
amidst a bloody red rain
& they threw him in the waters wide
to cease his screaming pain.
The reason that they killed him there,
& I'm sure it ain't no lie,
Was just for the fun of killin' him
& watch him slowly die.
1955 -- Death of Devere Allen, American journalist for peace.
1961 -- Fifth Situationist International conference.
1963 -- US: The March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom. 250,000-500,000 people converge on the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, the largest single protest demonstration in US history. King delivers his historic "I Have a Dream" speech, advocating racial harmony, at the Lincoln Memorial.
Organized to support sweeping civil rights measures. A highlight is Martin Luther King Jr.'s now famous speech, in which he declares:
"I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
Joan Baez, Odetta, Josh White, SNCC Freedom Singers, Peter, Paul & Mary, & Bob Dylan perform.
1964 -- US: Philadelphia has two days of black uprising.
1965 -- A Forest Hills, New York audience boos Bob Dylan for plugging in.
1965 -- Gueorgui Getchev (1897-1965) dies. Poet, writer, translator of French & Russian literary greats, journalist, & a great figure of Bulgarian anarchism. Studied arts in Sofia, first collection of poetry published in 1914, founded first anarchist groups in Haskovo. During WWI he joined Gueorgui Cheitanov as a guerrilla & became a wanted figure in a military crackdown against anarchists. His open hostility & criticism of the Communist government led to his arrest.
1968 -- US: Chicago FBI agents report "GINSBERG chanted unintelligible poems in Grant Park. . . (The "unintelligible poems" being William Blake's "The Grey Monk." )
1968 -- US: Meanwhile, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Hubie Humphrey ("Dump the Humph") gets the Democratic Presidential nomination. Rock & bottle throwing anti-war demonstrators converge on the Conrad Hilton Hotel, where squadrons of club-swinging police indiscriminately kicked & beat anything that moves. 178 arrested.
1968 -- US: Meanwhile, between Aug. 26 through 29, thousands of protesters gather in Grant & Lincoln parks to demonstrate against the Vietnam War. In addition to war protests, hippies objected to the 11 p.m. curfew, which prevented them from camping out in the park.
Yeah, come on all of you, big strong men,
Uncle Sam needs your help again.
He's got himself in a terrible jam
Way down yonder in Vietnam
So put down your books & pick up a gun,
We're gonna have a whole lotta fun.
Well, come on mothers throughout the land,
Pack your boys off to Vietnam.
Come on fathers, don't hesitate,
Send 'em off before it's too late.
Be the first one on your block
To have your boy come home in a box.
& it's one, two, three
What are we fighting for ?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam.
& it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain't no time to wonder why,
Whoopee! we're all gonna die!
1968 -- Meanwhile, the anarchist Yippie! Abbie Hoffman is arrested while having breakfast for having the word "Fuck" on his forehead.
Dave Dellinger, Bobby Seale, Rennie Davis, & Tom Hayden address 10,000 to 15,000 demonstrators at the bandshell in Grant Park, opposite the Hilton.
Dellinger announces that he will lead a march to the Amphitheatre. The march is stopped by police. Demonstrators are attacked by Officer Friendlies with friendly tear gas & friendly clubs at Balbo & Michigan & other locations in the area.
By most accounts, on Wednesday evening Chicago police (again infusing their reputations as "pigs" with meaning) take action against crowds of demonstrators without provocation.
The police beat some marchers unconscious & send at least 100 to emergency rooms while arresting 175.
Senile Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Mayor Daley tries to explain the police action at a press conference tomorrow.
Eighteen years later, when the Democrats next held a convention in Chicago, some police officers (sic) still on the force wear t-shirts proclaiming,
"We kicked your father's butt in '68
& now it's your turn."
In America we call this political change, progress, etc.
1968 -- Chad: Francia envía tropas al Chad.
1970 -- US: SKY RIVER ROCK FESTIVAL & LIGHTER THAN AIR FAIR — III, in Washougal, Washington. The Sky River III Story.
1970 -- US: Labor union U.A.W Local 1714 experiences its first wildcat strike; it lasts one day.
1972 -- France: Louis Montgon (1885-1972) dies, in Perpignan. Militant et propagandiste anarchiste et syndicaliste.
1976 -- Ireland: 60,000 join Peace People demonstrations, Belfast & Dublin.
1980 -- Coca Cola intervenes to end a violent 5-year labor conflict at its Guatemalan bottling plant.
1983 -- Joseph Kreckman sets record of 2,215 clay pigeons shot in an hour. If this guy ever turned on politicians...
1983 -- France: At 6 o'clock on this Sunday morning in Paris, the socialist government, using the hated CRS, assaults "Radio Libertaire."
Forcing the studio door, they begin looting material & seize the transmitter. Seven anarchiste militants are arrested. Since the 14th of this month nearly 15 free radio stations have been shut down by the government, but "the pink loggers (bûcherons roses) are proven impotent, as they are unable to chop down the libertarian ancient oak…"
Indeed, there is an immediate international outcry: demonstrations in Athens, Barcelona, Brussels, Madrid, Montreal, & even Sidney.
5,000 people turn out for a Parisian demonstration & Radio Libertaire soon returns to the air, a new "Le Temps des Cerises."
1986 -- Largest wrestling crowd in Canada (69,300) at Toronto Stadium.
1987 -- US: The Arcadia, Florida, home of Clifford & Louise Ray, who have gone to court to get their three young boys — all of whom contracted AIDS from contaminated blood-clotting drugs — admitted to public school, is destroyed by arson.
1988 -- Germany: 70 killed in crash of three Italian Air Force fighters at air show.
1990 -- US: Marine reservist Erik Glen Larsen declares conscientious objection (CO) at press conference in Frisco.
1993 -- England: British Marxist historian, anti-war activist & novelist E.P. Thompson dies.
& now they're off to the war
& they all need cartridges badly
& of course there are plenty of nice kind people
Who'll find them the cartridges gladly
"No ammunition, no war!
Leave that to us my sons!
You go to the front & fight
We'll make your munitions & guns."
And they made munitions in piles
And there wasn't a war to be found
And of course there were plenty of nice kind people
Who conjured one out of the ground
"Off you go, dear boy, to the front!
For they threaten your native sod
March, for your mothers & sisters,
For your King & for your God!"
......"War Song" by Bertolt Brecht,
translated by Christopher Isherwood
Sympathy for the Devil
Stamps God's name upon a lie just made,
To turn a penny in the way of trade.
— "Table Talk," William Cowper
from Table Talk, & Other Poems
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