The greatest number of those deported were Wobblies
, communists and anarchists.
On the other side stood the defenders of law, order, state and property who looked upon the Wobblies
as a swarm of destructive locusts, bomb throwers, foreigners and parasitic miscreants out to destroy all that was considered sacrosanct.
We may not have many Wobblies
, but we have Fast Company, the hip business magazine whose latest table of contents calls on us to "scrap the old agenda!" and "change the rules!" The magazine offers a feature on a "rebellious young agency" whose leaders first heard the call of the future at a meeting held amid the glorious flames of Los Angeles in 1992 and later broke free from a stodgy parent company in what the magazine lasciviously calls a corporate "mutiny."
Peter Cole, Wobblies
on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive-Era Philadelphia (Urbana-Chicago: University of Illinois Press 2007)
and Zapatistas is not a conversation, nor even a set of interviews.
of Montana) chronologically traces the rise and fall of the "Copper Chorus," documenting its interventions in electoral politics, support for war, and attacks on Wobblies
and other union activists, among other positions taken in defense of Anaconda interests.
He has written novels, plays, poetry, and movie scripts, but nothing else he has written has as much fame and notoriety as "I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night." Joe Hill (Joseph Hillstrom) emigrated from Sweden to the United States in 1902, and several years later became a member of the radical Industrial Workers of the World ("Wobblies
Actors from Knights of Labor to Single Taxers to Wobblies
to New Leftists to the Squamish Five are woven into the tapestry.
, Mexican Anarcho-Syndicalists, and, by the 1920s, Bolsheviks.
As some high-earning writers see it, if they do what the activists want--go on strike at every opportunity--they could easily end up losing their houses, marriages, and mental health, just because some "thirties-style Wobblies
and fifties-style Reds" aren't happy unless they're hitting the bricks, joining hands, and singing "Joe Hill." Instead of attacking Walton, says one former board member, activists should be lighting candles in his honor: "He brought the union back from the brink of disintegration and saved it from total collapse."
I fought with Ronnie many, many times and I could be seriously grouchy and he could throw wobblies
like the best of them but I can never recall at any time any sense of annoyance of hurt.
Best of all, he tells you how to locate the films you'd never find at Blockbuster, documentaries like At the River I Stand, Fast Food Women and The Wobblies
. These are the sorts of films that prove what James Agee wrote in these pages nearly fifty years ago: "The only movies whose temper could possibly be described as heroic, or tragic, or both, have been made by leftists."