the militant labor movement and personal history

I’ve started to read a book about the IWW because I got interested in the idea that WA was once a center of militant labor, through hearing some spoken word by Utah Philips.

Anyhow, we have a bit of history in mining probably between then 1880’s and 1920’s, which is around the time that all this was happening. Then I remembered something about Great Grandfather getting away from the mines, in the midwest, back around that time because of the violence. I guess I never made the connection.

So, Great Grandfather was part of the _establishment_ as a guard for the mining companies right? Interesting. So, did he leave it as the violence started or after some big event, I wonder?

Turns out there’s quite a bit more history than just the WTO locally here in Seattle, and the state.

The museum of labor & industry has, at least, a nice searchable photographic database which has a good number of pictures from the era. Some of these pictures relate to the Great Strike of 1919 and some others.

There was also a big display in 1999 …

The University of Washington also has a department of labor studies. Further, at least one of the staff has thier own page about the labor movement.

You may find more than I did, but at least you’ve got a place to start.

The Sense of Pleasure

In this age we have created a senseless pleasure with no quality other than a one dimensional quanity. We’ve created an age that has no sense of a quality in pleasure other than dissatisfaction with intensity. This dissatisfaction is gained from the ever increasing need for more from a one dimensional pleasure that is a scalar of intensity. There’s no aesthetic of pleasure, rather merely a quantity.

A simple transposition of quality for quantity will not be enough to return an aesthetic to pleasure. This culture needs to touch the texture of a new aestheic pleasure. As a culture we need to re-connect with the taste, smell, sound and sight of pleasures. Rather than a focus on the greater pleasures, we can focus on the moderation of pleasure with the purpose of maximal experience of qualities.

Pleasure should be an art, not a commodity. Rather than a shallow pleasureless pursuit, we would have a rich pursuit of pleasures.