Wednesday, September 21
The Brooklyn Free School
372 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Subterranean Fire: The Hidden History of U.S. Working Class Radicalism
Chapters 7-9, “One-Sided Class War”
In order to battle the 1%, we have a lot to learn from our past. Workers in the U.S. have a rich tradition of fighting back which remains largely hidden. Subterranean Fire brings that history to light and reveals lessons for socialists organizing to fight for a better world today.
The title is taken from the inspiring words of August Spies, a U.S. radical and labor activist executed during the fight for the eight-hour day. He said, “If you think that by hanging us you can stamp out the labor movement, then hang us. Here you will tread upon a spark, but here, and there, and behind you, and in front of you, the flames will blaze up. It is a subterranean fire. You cannot put it out. The ground is on fire upon which you stand.”
Our third and final discussion covers more recent US history, a period that has been referred to as the “one-sided class war” where from the mid-1970s to today the 1% has done everything in their power to stamp out this history of radicalism and roll back the gains won by past working class struggle.
If you don’t have the book, you can check out this article which covers some of the same history and key points: http://isreview.org/issue/66/us-labor-crisis
Pick up a copy of Subterranean Fire at Haymarket Books