Tomorrow, Occupy Wall Street plans an international general strike. The general strike has long been the far Left’s key threat: a shut-down of the economy. Fortunately, this never works. They don’t have enough people to slow down anything. But by trying, the organizers of Occupy Wall Street will symbolically fly the red flag.
Across the bay in Oakland, protesters said they intend morning marches on banks and the Chamber of Commerce, followed by an afternoon rally and a march downtown.
General strikes always fail to shut down anything in the United States. This event is what the Left calls “consciousness raising.” It is done to give members a sense of participation.
The strategy has always relied on provoking the police to do rash things. The organizers are not naive enough to imagine that the average American is going to pay any attention to them. Americans are too busy for mass protests. But if the police get out the tear gas, the group may get TV air time.
The leaders chose May 1 for a reason: to identify the movement’s roots as Leftist. May Day for over a century has been the day of choice for the far Left to protest, march, or otherwise strut its stuff.
May Day was the day when the Soviet Union rolled tanks and weapons down the main street of Moscow.
May Day is International Workers Day. This is from Wikipedia.
International Workers’ Day (also known as May Day) is a celebration of the international labour movement and left-wing movements. It commonly sees organized street demonstrations and marches by working people and their labour unions throughout most of the world. May 1 is a national holiday in more than 80 countries. It is also celebrated unofficially in many other countries. . . .
International Workers’ Day is the commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, when, after an unknown person threw a dynamite bomb at police as they dispersed a public meeting, Chicago police fired on workers during a general strike for the eight hour workday, killing several demonstrators and resulting in the deaths of several police officers, largely from friendly fire. In 1889, the first congress of the Second International, meeting in Paris for the centennial of the French Revolution and the Exposition Universelle, following a proposal by Raymond Lavigne, called for international demonstrations on the 1890 anniversary of the Chicago protests.May Day was formally recognized as an annual event at the International’s second congress in 1891.
Subsequently, the May Day Riots of 1894 occurred. In 1904, the International Socialist Conference meeting in Amsterdam called on “all Social Democratic Party organizations and trade unions of all countries to demonstrate energetically on May First for the legal establishment of the 8-hour day, for the class demands of the proletariat, and for universal peace.” The congress made it “mandatory upon the proletarian organizations of all countries to stop work on May 1, wherever it is possible without injury to the workers.”
In many countries, the working classes sought to make May Day an official holiday, and their efforts largely succeeded. May Day has long been a focal point for demonstrations by various socialist, communist and anarchist groups. In some circles, bonfires are lit in commemoration of the Haymarket martyrs, usually at dawn. May Day has been an important official holiday in countries such as the People’s Republic of China, Cuba and the former Soviet Union. May Day celebrations typically feature elaborate popular and military parades in these countries.
Occupy Wall Street is socialist to the core. It is not in favor of reforming the banking system as a stand-alone project. It wants to shut down capitalism in general.The movement is a throwback to the Left of the 1930s. It is out of touch with America, as we shall see on May 1.
Megaphones, yes. Mindless repetitive chanting, yes. Influence, no.