Monthly Archives: May 2008

The fundamental interest in liberty and personal autonomy

Finally catching up on the California Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage (See reports in the SF Chronicle, LA Times and NY Times). I believe all but one of the court are Republican-appointed so their decision to overturn a voter … Continue reading

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By sharing our experiences, we see our problems more clearly

RELATIONS WITHIN THE CLASS We come here with equal rights. All of us have a right to take part in the discussion. We are all workers, but we do not all do the same kind of work. We come here … Continue reading

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Cheap pulp tales enlarged my knowledge of the world

In my class was a tall, black, rebellious boy who was bright in his studies and yet utterly fearless in his assertion of himself; he could break the morale of the class at any moment with his clowning and the … Continue reading

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Two points of view struggled for supremacy in me

I did not only like to read novels and tales; I had begun, as I have already mentioned, to read the classics and other good books. I also began to take an interest in public events. I was barely fifteen … Continue reading

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A symbol both of Revolution and elegance

THE SYMBOLIC JACKET What ever I knew of styles in dressing was from an old fashioned book dated before the war, which I found in our small town dressmaker’s work room in Russia. The dresses we wore were made out … Continue reading

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That night I had dreams of the mill

My Days as a Learner “For days and days I hunted for work. Days fled into weeks, and weeks into months, and still I was Looking for work. Ten cent stores, restaurants, cafes, mills, mills, mills–and all said ‘No, we … Continue reading

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The idea that “what happened to me” is important

Introduction to I Am A Woman Worker (1936) The stories told here form an important item in the raw material of workers’ education. Economists tell us that they are not economics: they contain for the most part neither statistics nor … Continue reading

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I was continually with my thoughts in quite another world

“I loved to read. I read without choice whatever came into my hands, whatever acquaintances lent me–they did not distinguish between what was suitable and unsuitable for me–and whatever I could borrow at a second-hand bookshop in our suburb by … Continue reading

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Not always a safe guide for practical action

“Organized labor always has had help volunteered by sympathetic persons from outside its own ranks. Since the war that help often has been offered by “intellectuals” who accepted completely one or another of the theories of economics and of revolutionary … Continue reading

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Happy May Day

Today is May Day, a.k.a. International Workers Day. In the last few years labor unions and immigrant rights activists have revived this fine tradition in the U.S. I’m indoors tending to a sick family, but here are a few things … Continue reading

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