Least the Government isn't Killing Citizens in Private Labor Disputes This Labor Day

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Least the Government isn't Killing Citizens in Private Labor Disputes This Labor Day

Karl had a good piece on his blog.

 

History recalls that it was put into place by Grover Cleveland in 1894 after the Pullman Strike in which the US Military was used to put down workers. The legislation designating it a national holiday was rushed through Congress and signed in what must have been a record - six days - to attempt to defuse further conflict between labor - that is, the people - and her government who had just got done killing some of her own citizens over a private labor dispute.

Note that this dispute wasn't exactly violence-free on the union side - they had derailed a locomotive, attacked strike-breakers and committed several acts of arson. Nonetheless, the rubric used by Grover Cleveland in ordering twelve thousand US Army Troops to put down the strikers was that the strike was "interfering with the US Mail."

 

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The writer, Karl Karl Denninger, has explained very well what's going on and what's been going on in his essay, "Why Do You Labor?"
http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=166008

Great article, but... I bet the guy who wrote it is going back to work on Tuesday...

Poet

 

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