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Always on Strike: Frank Little and the Western Wobblies by Arnold Stead

By Arnold Stead

“[The governor] requested me what we'd do if the firms didn't yield to our calls for. I informed him we might name everyman out of the mines. Then he acknowledged that if we did, that he might position them lower than Federal keep watch over. I laughed and advised him we might name out each employee within the kingdom, agriculture employees, lumbermen, munitions staff, miners, mechanics and all periods of operating males. He stated ‘Why, guy, you wouldn’t do this. This nation is at war.’ I acknowledged ‘ Governor, I don’t care what nation your nation is struggling with. i'm struggling with for the team spirit of labor!”
—From the speech for which Frank Little was once murdered in Butte, Montana

Frank Little is taken into account by means of a few to be the best organizer produced through the U.S. hard work flow, and but valuable little has been written in regards to the recognized commercial employees of the realm (IWW) agitator. Little used to be a key chief of the country’s first loose speech fights, prepared a couple of mass moves, and used to be thought of this type of probability to company pursuits that he used to be lynched by means of corporation thugs for decry makes an attempt at strike breaking. Police and govt officers not just became a blind eye to his homicide, they later used his phrases and activities to justify a crusade to scapegoat and persecute different contributors of the IWW.

Always on Strike chronicles and seriously engages with Little’s exploits in hopes of revealing a brand new new release of radicals to his existence, legacy and politics.

Featuring disguise artwork from a portrait of Frank Little through Keith Seidel, keithseidel.com

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On the question of democracy, Sorel believes the greatest danger facing syndicalism was attempting to imitate democracy. ” Sorel’s central importance to the IWW is found in the following remarks on the gen- Always on Strike text pages 7_all pages 10/21/14 5:48 PM Page 22 22 A l w A y s o n s trike eral strike: “If no myths are accepted by the masses talking of revolt indefinitely will never provoke revolutionary action. 3 Philosopher Walter Benjamin’s “Critique of Violence” emphasizes the importance of Sorel’s distinction between the “political general strike,” which the former describes as little more than a changing of the guard, and the “proletarian general strike,” which is bent on destroying state power.

The stake (usually $15) was enough to live in a hobo jungle for months. Parker tells us western Wobblies routinely severed all connection with blood kin. Might they have thought such a rupture necessary if they were to truly shed capitalist America’s influence on them, or might their rootless, kinless way of life been the closest thing to freedom they believed available to them? Whatever the reasons behind their alienation, Frank Little often lived among and became known to many of them as the hobo agitator.

The paternalism here is stark. We can see why such a policy would have wounded, if not angered, many of the western rank and file. ” The eastern IWW’s superior numbers and its commitment to a “strong” and “traditional” form of centralization make it difficult to believe an equitable sharing of authority existed between eastern and western Wobblies. Perhaps the westerners were simply victims of the rule of numbers inherent in democracy and the decline of human action in the modern age. Kevin Phillips’s observation, in his fascinating study Wealth and Democracy, is pertinent: “In the nineteenth century Thomas Carlyle could describe history as the sum of innumerable biographies.

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