May Day 2017
May Day is a holiday celebrated in several cultures, primarily organized at the local level by the activist left in celebration of the contributions made to our economy by immigrant workers, and in protest of workplace conditions still sub-par, and minimum wage is too little a figure to actually sustain oneself on. It creates the environment for the expression of these various interconnected issues, while calling attention to the ruling class that we are quite present. That we have no intentions of hiding under the bed while the bureaucratic monsters of Trumps cabinet have free reign of our bedroom. And our bedroom it is... This is, do not forget, a government of, by and for you. The reason your dollars are forcibly invested into this system on an annual basis is nominally because it is your system. And as this democratic action is one regarding the economy and workplace, it has been a particularly leftist movement. The voice of the left in the US that desires the democratization of our economy is hushed to the point of silence where Wikipedia's article says nothing of the political or social ramifications of the holiday in the US, while news outlets covering these events clearly portray the political activism behind it.
This event, as celebratory protest breaks out in the name of worker solidarity, is not the only holiday on the menu. "Loyalty Day", a holiday designed to contribute to the red scare poisoning the cultural connotation of the word "socialism". It was celebrated to draw a distinction between the socialist movement (which the holiday seems to imply is "un-American"), and those "loyal to their country". That in today's context, when Donald Trump appoints Steve Mnuchin to Treasury Sec, and Andy Puzder for Labor Sec, and then make an additional repetitive announcement that today is "Loyalty Day", means that either Donald Trump, or someone directly behind him, realizes that this battle being fought is a battle between capitalism and socialism. That the knowledge that Capitalism is in a state of crisis is becoming more widespread, and this should be considered a cheap cover over the loud voices of those in the street on this day, beckoning the common sense of a developed society to politically embrace a workplace and an economy which benefits society at large. Happy May Day!