[Marxism] SF - 1934 General Strike Laid Base for Counterculture
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Thu Apr 30 21:34:10 MDT 2009
> 1934 General Strike Laid Base for Counterculture<http://www.truthout.org/043009LA>
> Wednesday 29 April 2009
> By Fred Glass
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> These days, when San Franciscans of a certain age respond to the
> visitors' (or their grandchildren's) query, "What made San Francisco
> different?" they tend to think culture. Beat poets, flower power and Castro
> Street are instantly recognizable tropes reflecting the city's historically
> tolerant attitudes and liberal politics.
> But these iconic San Francisco moments and movements are actually more
> the lucky heirs, rather than ancestors, of what is uniquely San Franciscan.
> Although one might argue that the city's identification with things
> progressive arrived with the Gold Rush, its modern incarnation took form 75
> years ago in an event now fading from living memory: the great San Francisco
> General Strike.
> The strike established the right of working people to have a voice in
> the workplace, play a role in city politics and lead lives of dignity on and
> off the job. And it laid down the economic and political foundation on which
> the city's various countercultures could flourish.
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