Monday, September 06, 2004
To all American readers, happy Labor Day. Let's give ourselves a pat on the back - after all we all work one way or another, so we deserve some recognition. The thing I love about this holiday is that the Americans choose to celebrate it months after the rest of the world (or at least that part leaning more towards the left) does on May 1. As one Russell Bruce Campbell, a mathematician from University of Northern Iowa, says:
"Why should the American working man celebrate Labor Day in September when the workers of the world are celebrating it on May first in commemoration of American Martyrs to the labor movement? This question is clarified by the fact that May first is observed unilaterally by workers (not by management), while the September holiday is enjoyed by all, perpetuating the myth that Labor and Management are both working together. The proclamation of Labor Day in September in the United States can only be interpreted as an effort to isolate the working American from his colleagues around the world, and obscure the history of what Management did to Labor in Chicago in 1886. Labor Day in the United States is better described as mocking than celebrating the working man in America."Whatever.