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Let us mourn the loss of May Day here in the United States, and defy it by expressing solidarity with workers all over the world and gratitude that the US government’s shameless attempt to replace May Day with contrived expressions of obedience and propaganda has so utterly failed.
May 1 2014
On May 1 - or May Day - citizens of more than 80 countries will officially celebrate some version of International Workers’ Day. Many more will do the same in an unofficial capacity. It is a day to thank and honor workers and the labor movement for their immense contributions to our societies. 
Sadly, we can be certain that millions of Americans have never even heard about this, as May Day has never been seriously recognized in the United States and probably never will be, despite the fact that it was Chicago’s infamous Haymarket riots and their aftermath that became the inspiration for the holiday.  
Not only is May Day not recognized here, but it was rejected with extreme prejudice by the US government, on the grounds that it had communist overtones and was too strident in its celebration of labor. During the height of the First Red Scare, in response to May Day, a bizarre idea called “Americanization Day” materialized, which by 1958 (following the Second Red Scare) evolved into an actual statutory reality known as “Loyalty Day,” a day “for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States.” 
To make things weirder, around this same time, President Eisenhower codified into law an equally vacant and idiotic concept called “Law Day.” First proposed by the American Bar Association, “Law Day” was also meant, at least in part, to “suppress the celebration of May Day.” On “Law Day,” we are encouraged to celebrate the rule of law, for some reason. 
May 1 is now a useless, Orwellian pseudo-holiday here in the United States, celebrating both “law” and jingoism, that most people don’t even know about (the various incarnations of “Loyalty Day” were briefly popular in the 1950s, but today, the extent of the “celebration” in the US is a few scattered local parades). It’s basically just a multifaceted attack against May Day and that strange, offensive notion that people other than wealthy capitalists occasionally deserve recognition for their work. 
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May Day: While the World Celebrates Workers, the US Celebrates “Loyalty” and “Law”

Let us mourn the loss of May Day here in the United States, and defy it by expressing solidarity with workers all over the world and gratitude that the US government’s shameless attempt to replace May Day with contrived expressions of obedience and propaganda has so utterly failed.

May 1 2014

On May 1 - or May Day - citizens of more than 80 countries will officially celebrate some version of International Workers’ Day. Many more will do the same in an unofficial capacity. It is a day to thank and honor workers and the labor movement for their immense contributions to our societies. 

Sadly, we can be certain that millions of Americans have never even heard about this, as May Day has never been seriously recognized in the United States and probably never will be, despite the fact that it was Chicago’s infamous Haymarket riots and their aftermath that became the inspiration for the holiday.  

Not only is May Day not recognized here, but it was rejected with extreme prejudice by the US government, on the grounds that it had communist overtones and was too strident in its celebration of labor. During the height of the First Red Scare, in response to May Day, a bizarre idea called “Americanization Day” materialized, which by 1958 (following the Second Red Scare) evolved into an actual statutory reality known as “Loyalty Day,” a day “for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States.” 

To make things weirder, around this same time, President Eisenhower codified into law an equally vacant and idiotic concept called “Law Day.” First proposed by the American Bar Association, “Law Day” was also meant, at least in part, to “suppress the celebration of May Day.” On “Law Day,” we are encouraged to celebrate the rule of law, for some reason. 

May 1 is now a useless, Orwellian pseudo-holiday here in the United States, celebrating both “law” and jingoism, that most people don’t even know about (the various incarnations of “Loyalty Day” were briefly popular in the 1950s, but today, the extent of the “celebration” in the US is a few scattered local parades). It’s basically just a multifaceted attack against May Day and that strange, offensive notion that people other than wealthy capitalists occasionally deserve recognition for their work.

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