Direct action. Utah Philips

He speaks of the Wobblies and how they organized mining camps in the West.

They Wobblies once marched on a lumber camp intending to unionize it. The local sheriff backed by a band of goons, blocked their way. The Wobblies said, freedom of speech is the law. The sheriff said, I’m the law here. The fight began. The Wobblies were beaten up badly and retreated.

The next day they marched again on that same camp and unionized it.

Seems to me we need that uncompromising Wobblie spirit again in this country – and soon.

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4 Responses to Direct action. Utah Philips

  1. Ten Bears Thu, May 20, 2010 at 7:26 am #

    If ya’ ain’t with, yer against us. Who’s side ‘er you on?

    I’ve chuckled from the git-go at George “Lips” Bush’s selection of that phrase.

    • Bob Morris Thu, May 20, 2010 at 7:31 am #

      One of their founders, Big Bill Heywood said, a liberal is someone who leaves the room when a fight starts. Heh.

  2. DJ Thu, May 20, 2010 at 8:12 pm #

    It’s no accident that Gandhi called his protests “satyagraha”– literally “search for truth.” You’ve gotta want it.

    • Ten Bears Fri, May 21, 2010 at 5:08 pm #

      In light of what we know, what we don’t know, and what we may not be capable of knowing… while indeed violence is the last resort of the incompetent, it is never-the-less the last resort.