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Emma Goldman, Alexander Berkman, Bakunin, Modern School, Fredy Perlman, Guy Debord, Situationists, anarchist, Mikhail Bakunin, anarchist, anarquista, anarchiste, What Happened on this day in recovered history, SEPTEMBER 25

"Where are the snows of yesteryear?"
      — François Villon (c. 1431–after 5 January 1463),
Ballade des dames du temps jadis


cultural philosopher,
& polemicist.


Chemehuevas, California: FEAST OF NARIIWINYAPAH: God of Immortals Water.

Asia Minor: FEAST OF NAMMU, Sumerian Goddess of the Primeval Sea.

BIRTH OF SEDNA, Innuit goddess of both the sea & the Underworld, is celebrated around this day in Greenland, north-east Siberia, & the Arctic coastal regions of North America.

JAM & JELLY MAKING DAY, England [18th Century].


1493 -- Christopher Columbus' second departure for New World, in search of gold, slaves & tribute. He discovers China in Cuba & forces de crew to swear to make it so. The genocide to follow & the extraction of riches which will finance the growth of European "civilization" & industry is characterized as bringing civilization, progress & development to the New World. The native population will plummet from some 70 million to 8 million. The economies & social communities are destroyed.

Columbus was the first economist. He didn't know where he was going. He deceived his men. & he travelled on government money.

— Victor García, cited The Heretic's Handbook of Quotations,
edited by Charles Bufe (See Sharp Press; 2nd edition, March 2001).

Let's see you jump this puddle cartoon
1513 -- New Old World: Balboa "discovers" the Pacific Ocean, claims it for the King of Spain. He stays to hang 10 & catches "the big one."
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1639 -- New Old World: First printing press in America. (Presently residing & rusting, lo these many years, in Auntie Dave's garage, remnant now in the driveway.)

1690 -- New Old World: First newspaper published in colonial America. It was never published again. Censorship quickly raised its ugly head in the land of the soon-to-be free. Authorities considered "Publick Occurrences Both Foreign & Domestick" to be offensive & ordered the publisher, Benjamin Harris, to cease publishing.

1762 -- British poet & critic William Lisle Bowles lives. Won favor with Samuel Taylor Coleridge & Wordsworth & scorn from Byron.

1775 -- Canada: Colonel Ethan Allen is taken prisoner during an unsuccessful US attempt to capture Montreal.

Bela Lugosi
1818 -- England: Daily Bleed?: First blood transfusion operation, London.

Humming bird, animated
1832 -- John Ceiriog Hughes (1832-1887) lives, Denbighshire. Poet & folk musicologist who wrote more than 600 Welsh lyrics.

efo'r grug a'r adar mân

Nant y Mynydd

1846 -- US: General Kearney & peace-loving troops depart New Mexico for the conquest liberation of California.

1861 -- US: Enlist now?: Secretary of the Navy authorizes enlistment of slaves in the Union Navy. Enlistees can achieve no rank higher than "boys" & receive pay of one ration per day & $10 per month. Be all that your can be ... This authorization has never been rescinded.

1867 -- Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist & mystical anarchist, visits the battlefield of Borodino to visualize the scene 55 years before.

1868 -- Mikhail Bakunin founds the anarchist International Alliance of Socialist Democracy. At the Congress of the League of Peace & of Freedom held in Bern today, the Alliance is formed by dissidents who break with the League when decides against "the economic & social equalization of the classes & individuals." The Alliance goes on to form a section of the First International.

Bakunin; illus by Costantini; source fase si situa all'interno del periodo della I Internazionale e della parallela "Alleanza per la democrazia" creata da Mikhail Alexandrovic Bakunin, nato nel 1814 da nobile famiglia a Priamukhino, presso Tver, in Russia. Il 25 settembre del 1868 crea una lega sua l'Alleanza internazionale per la democrazia insieme con gli italiani Giuseppe Fanelli, Tucci e Friscia, il russo Zukovskij, il lionese Albert Richard ed Élisée Reclus.

[Sources] alt spellings: Michael Bakunin, Michel Bakounine, Mihail Aleksandroviç Bakunin; Aleksandrovic, Aleksandrovich, Mihkail

1870 -- France: The armed workers of the Marseille Commune declare the abolition of the state & all debt.
Source: [Calendar Riots]

1881 -- Lu Xun, commonly considered one of the great figures in 20th-century Chinese literature, lives, Shaoxing, Zhejiang. Associated with the nascent Chinese literary movement in 1918 when he published his famous short story,"Kuangren riji" ("Diary of a Madman"), the title taken from Nikolay Gogol.

1882 -- France:

25-30 septembre.- Congrès de la FTSF (broussistes, du nom de Paul Brousse) tenu à Saint-Étienne. Scission des guesdistes.

hollywood 10
1894 -- John Howard Lawson lives. Author, playwright, screenwriter, member of the "Hollywood Ten". Howard Lawson

1897 -- William Faulkner lives. American novelist, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949.

Best known for his Yoknapatawpha cycle, a story of the American South, which started in 1929. Began writing poetry, supported himself as a postmaster at the University of Mississippi. Was fired for reading on the job. Drifted to New Orleans, where Sherwood Anderson encouraged him to write fiction rather than poetry.

Worked in Hollywood on several screenplays, including The Road to Glory (1936), Gunga Din (1939), To Have & Have Not (1945) (based on Ernest Hemingway's novel), & The Big Sleep (1946) (based on Raymond Chandler's novel).

Faulkner found his writing requirements simple:

"Paper, tobacco, food, & a little whiskey."

1897 -- EG, anarchist feministUS: Emma Goldman travels to Washington, D.C., speaking before a German free-thought society, then to Pittsburgh to meet Carl Nold & Henry Bauer; they advise if Alexander Berkman's appeal for pardon is denied, he plans to attempt an escape from prison.

Goldman speaks before the Turnerverein in Monaca, Pa., complying with their request not to speak on her proposed topic, "Woman, Marriage, & Prostitution."

Rothko painting
1903 -- Artist Mark Rothko lives. Abstract impressionist.

1905 -- Sportswriter Red Smith lives. His writing needs, like Faulkner's, are also simple:

"There's nothing to writing.

All you do is sit down at a typewriter
& open a vein."

1913 -- México: Late this month Emiliano Zapata moves his base of operations to northern Guerrero.
[Exact day not given — ed.]

The Zapatista Revolt occurred at the beginning of the month, with Emiliano Zapata quickly taking control of all but the main towns in Morelos. General Robles left ‘for rest’; on September 13th he is formally relieved of command & Federal pressure is slackening in the area.

1913 -- México: Radical psychoanalytic critic Norman O. Brown lives, El Oro.

1914 -- US: During this month (I don't have the exact date, —ed.) West Virginia miners march on Logan county to unseat Sheriff Don Chafin whose deputies assaulted & evicted union organizers who entered the county. The march was ended after federal military forces were activated at the request of Governor John J. Cornwell.

Anarchist bomber cartoon
1919 -- Russian Revolution: After brutal repression at the hands of the Bolsheviks, Cheka raids on anarchist groups & the banning of the Anarchist Congress by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Trotsky in June, underground anarchists retaliate by bombing the Communist headquarters in Moscow.

A number of Left Social Revolutionaries & underground anarchists bombed the headquarters of the Moscow Committee of the Communist Party in protest at the growing repression. Twelve Communists were killed & 45 others were wounded.

1924 -- In a letter to his friend Alain Locke, Langston Hughes writes, "I've done a couple of new poems. I have no more paper, so I'm sending you one on the back of this letter." The poem, "I, Too," is published two years later & is among his most famous.

I, Too.

I, too, sing America

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"

They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed —-

I, too, am America.


The Negro Speaks of Rivers

I've known rivers:
I've known rivers ancient as the world & older than the
flow of human blood in human veins

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young
I built my hut near the Congo & it lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile & raised the pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln went down to New Orleans, & I've seen its muddy bosom turn all golden in the sunset

I've known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

1925 -- Switzerland: International convention against forced labor & slavery signed, Geneva.

1932 -- Spain: Catalonia becomes an "autonomous" region.

1933 -- Story writer/humorist Ring Lardner, Sr., 48, dies in East Hampton, New York following seven years of illness.

1933 -- Ian TysonIan Tyson lives. Canadian folksinger, of Ian & Sylvia, who also formed the group Great Speckled Bird.

1934 -- Canada: EG, anarchist feministEmma Goldman lectures to a Jewish women's organization in Toronto, on "The New Approach to the Child."
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1935 -- Maj Sjöwall lives. Swedish writer/journalist, who created, with husband Per Wahlöö, widely translated novels about detective Martin Beck & his colleagues at the Central Bureau of Investigation in Stockholm. Several of the books have been adapted into screen.

According to Wahlöö, their intention was to "use the crime novel as a scalpel cutting open the belly of the ideological pauperized & morally debatable so-called welfare state of the bourgeois type."

CNT letterhead, dated September 25, 1936
1936 -- Spain: Emma Goldman speaks, 10,000 turn out.

Smiley Face
1937 -- US: City of Los Angeles, California bans sale of war toys. Howsomever, we, like Charleton Heston, are pleased to note children are not restricted from playing with real weapons.

We'll let the sunshine in & shine on us, because today we're happy & tomorrow we'll be even happier.

— Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Vice President of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood Dan Quayle, 1988

1938 -- EG, anarchistSpain: Emma Goldman, accompanied by Gudell & Herrera, visits the 28th division headed by Gregorio Jover & the 26th division headed by Ricardo Sanz at the battlefront.

1955 -- Émile Fabre dies in Paris. Began writing at 13. His first success, Comme ils sont tous (1894, "As They All Are"), was followed by a series of popular political & social satires. He also wrote a series of family tragedies & adaptations of two novels by Honoré de Balzac.

1957 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Ike Eisenhower orders the army to escort nine black children to Little Rock, Arkansas, school.

State troopers prevent integration in high school. Under Presidential orders, the National Guard forcibly integrates Central High School. White segregationists & the state militia are kept at bay by over 1000 paratroopers. The army remains for the entire school term.

Armies of the World, Relax! photo of National Guard having a fun break

1960 -- SI dingbat
anarchist Cat 1960

4th conference, Situationist International

September 25th - 28th, London, England.

Participants: Guy Debord, Jacqueline de Jong, Asger Jorn, Attila Kotànyi, Katja Lindell, Jørgen Nash, Heimrad Prem, Helmut Sturm, Maurice Wyckaert, Hans-Peter Zimmer.

Creation of the Central Council of the SI, composed of Debord, Jorn, Kotànyi, Nash, Sturm & Wyckaert.
Transfer of the Bureau of Unitary Urbanism from Amsterdam to Brussels. Director: Kotànyi.
Adoption of the Declaration on Madness, presented by the German section.

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1962 -- John Steinbeck is awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.

1963 -- Dominican Republic: Crónica de costumbres de América Latina. A coup d'etat overthrows democratically elected Dominican President Juan Bosch.

From sands of Sosúa, he swam out to sea. Ahead, in a boat, the band played, frightening the sharks away.

Now General Toni Imbert is fat & remolón & rarely goes into the water but often returns to the beach of his childhood. He likes to sit, to aim, to shoot sharks. In Sosúa, the sharks fight with the poor for the effluvia from the slaughter house. General Imbert is liked by the poor — sitting in the levee, he throws 10 dollar bills at them.

Imbert looks much like his pal, General Wessin y Wessin. Both can pick up the scent of a Communist from great distances; & both have won many medals for getting up early to kill people bound in ropes. & when they say "the president," both always mean the president of the United States.

Generals Imbert & Wessin y Wessin, children of the US School of the Americas, got fat under protection of Trujillo. After Trujillo died there were elections & the people voted enmasse for Juan Bosch. The Generals sit with arms crossed: Bosch refused to buy airplanes for the military, enacted agrarian reforms, allowed divorce, & increased workers' wages.

Seven months "The Very Red One" lasted. They seize power, that honeycomb of rich honey, in a military coup at dawn.

The United States does not delay in recognizing the new government.

1967 -- Paul Butterfield Blues Band at the Fillmore, Frisco.

SF Mime Troupe
1968 -- Five-day Radical Theatre Festival at Frisco State College featured Bread & Puppet Theatre, Teatro Campesino, & the San Francisco Mime Troupe.

film poster, All Quiet on the Western Front
1970 -- Erich Maria Remarque dies. German author, wrote the anti-war novel All Quiet On The Western Front.

1975 -- US: Senate makes public 238 illegal FBI burglaries against dissident groups. These state sponsored crimes against its people were sponsored in what becomes revealed as COINTELPRO, an acronym for counter-intelligence-programs.

1975 -- Soul singer Jackie Wilson suffers heart attack performing at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He was in the middle of singing one of his biggest hits, "Lonely Teardrops," & was two words into the line, " heart is crying" when he collapsed.

Candle of time
1977 -- South Africa: Civil rights activist Steve Biko is buried, having been beat to death in jail by cops.

"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed."

1978 -- US: PSA Boeing 727 & a Cessna private plane collide by San Diego, 144 die. The last words on the flight voice recorder: "I love you Mom."

1980 -- Measured Response?: Led Zeppelin drummer John "Bonzo" Bonham, 32, dies of asphyxiation on his own vomit after drinking 40 measures of vodka. The group decides he cannot be replaced & disbands.

Ayn Rand's floating head
1981 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Acting Leader President Reagan announces that he has withdrawn the proposal to cut school lunches.

Ronnie suggests that a dissident faction in the Agriculture Department might have come up with the idea as a form of "bureaucratic sabotage."

Just to set the record sraight, aide James Johnson explains,

"It would be a mistake to say that ketchup per se was classified as a vegetable.

Ketchup in combination with other things was classified as a vegetable."

& what other things would ketchup have to combine with to be considered a full-blown vegetable?

"French fries or hamburgers."

1993 -- US: A Florida judge rules it is legal for a child to divorce biological parents. The court case involved 12-year old Gregory Kingsley who didna want his parents anymore. Parents celebrate.

1996 -- Palestine: Stone-throwing protests by thousands of Palestinians, angered by Israel's decision to open an archaeological tunnel near Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque compound, leads to Palestinian police battling with Israeli troops. Seven people die & more than 350 wounded.

1999 -- US: The Friends of the Modern School meet at Rutgers University.

About 80 or 90 former students of the Modern School, residents of the Ferrer colony, their families, anarchists, & sundry others gather...

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1999 -- Marion Zimmer Bradley (1930-1999), scifi author, dies. A pioneer in the field of woman-based science fiction, creating strong, independent female protagonists.

2003 -- US: Edward Said (Edward Wa-di Sa‘id) dies. Palestinian-American literary theorist, outspoken Palestinian activist. A Professor of English & Comparative Literature at Columbia University, he is regarded as a founding figure in post-colonial theory. Another of those social critics (Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Gore Vidal, et al.) of American policies who is ignored or unofficially "blacklisted" by American mainstream media.

3510 --

The free people of the lush woodlands of Kichigami were happy without an Archon. They were happy because they were free.

The good uncle was told to take his gift-giving disposition to a northern land of ice or to a southern land of fire, to a place where, it was thought, he might find people who were destitute, trapped & lost.

Armored Europeans will be interested in learning if this Wiske actually existed, & when he existed.

This was not what interested the Potawatomi. Wiske existed in the present. The story was reenacted in songs & dances, at ceremonies & festivals. Wiske was always a member of the community & he was always exiled.

The Potawatomi were not data-processing machines nor computers for the storage of trivial information. They needed "raw data" about as much as they needed Wiske. They made Wiske the butt of many of their jokes. Among the Potawatomi, the almighty Archon got no further than to be the subject of funny stories.

Part-human, part-beast, & possessing the Leviathanic virtue of existing forever, Wiske the gift-giver reappeared in the jokes as the long-eared, long-membered & long-tailed Trickster, forever setting traps for animals & people & forever trapping himself.

Jokes were for laughs. Linear events, namely unexpected disruptions of life's rhythms, were usually funny. Sometimes they were tragic.

If the tragedy was repeated, then the event was not linear but rhythmic, & it was already known. Rhythms were grasped with symbols & expressed with music. Musical knowledge was knowledge of the important, the deep, the living. The music of myth expressed the symphony of rhythms that constituted the Cosmos.

— Fredy Perlman, Against His-story, Against Leviathan!

George Bush, International Terrorist
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