Happy May Day everyone!
The May Day that most of you know is the Socialist celebration of the working class and it was also a commemoration of the Haymarket riot of 1886, in Chicago. I’m still not clear why they chose May 1st, when the riot happened onÂ May 4th!
According to pagans, it’s also the first day of Summer.
Anyone out there with their Maypole?
But, back to May Day, the socialist version. I find it interesting that a movement that advocated such high ideals would become a source of the veryÂ oppression that they sought to eradicate.
In fact, I can’t think of ANY idealistic movementÂ that didn’t become pervertedÂ and oppressive.
The only movements that seem to have the least corruption and oppression are those movements that recognize that we allÂ have the capacity to do evil, and that this capacity must be restrained for the good of everyone.
If you think about it, that’s pretty much the basis for theÂ democratic republic that is the United States.
It’s when we start toÂ believe that we are all basically good people… well, THATÂ seems to be the point when it all goes bad.Â