Sunday, September 18, 2011

Daily Bleed Radical Literary History for September 18th

"Conceit, arrogance & egotism are the essentials of patriotism....

Patriotism assumes that our globe is divided into little spots, each one surrounded by an iron gate. Those who had the fortune of being born on some particular spot, consider themselves better, nobler, grander, more intelligent than the living beings inhabiting any other spot.

It is, therefore, the duty of everyone living on that chosen spot to fight, kill, & die in the attempt to impose his superiority upon all the others."

Emma Goldman

Hendrix poster


Rock prophet, cultural renegade, rebel hero.

Justis Valley, Swiss Alps: CUTTING OF THE CHEESE, among herdsmen, followed by music, feasting, amusements.

Mexico: FESTIVAL OF PUNGARANCHA, Michoacan God of Runners.

Mad Hatter

1634 -- New World: Spiritual freethinker Anne Hutchinson arrives in Boston.

1709 -- Samuel Johnson — essayist, critic, novelist, poet lexicographer, & stellar conversationalist — lives, Lichfield, Staffordshire.

Son of a bookseller, who obviously (axiomatic with booksellers) grew up in poverty (which haunted him the rest of his life). In 1763 he met the young Scot James Boswell, who became later his biographer & with whom he formed one of the most famous friendships in literary history.

1754 -- Canada: British capture Quebec from the French during the French & Indian War. French General Montcalm & British General Wolfe both die in the battles for control of the city.

1830 -- William Hazlitt dies in London, 52. Essayist/literary critic. The last words of his Memoirs: "Well, I've had a happy life."

Chile Hotness! scale
1830 -- Chile: Independence from Spain declared (National Day).

Steam locomotive
1831 -- US: A race between Tom Thumb, the first American steam locomotive, & a horse, is won by the horse, when Tom Thumb sprung a leak & failed to finish. See also 10 February.

1838 -- US: Under forced removal order of Indiana Governor J. Tipton, Potawatomi are delivered to the ironically named "Immigrant Agency."

1850 -- US: Fugitive Slave Act is passed, specifying harsh penalties for those who interfere with the apprehension of runaway slaves. A part of the Compromise of 1850, it offers federal officers a fee for captured slaves.

1851 -- US: First issue of "The New York Times" is published. Substantive proof for the adages "No news is good news" & "To Serve & Obey".

1873 -- US: Jay Cooke & Company, banking agent for the Northern Pacific Railroad, fails, touching off the Panic of 1873.

I got the freight train blues,
Oh Lordy, mama, I got 'em in the bottom of my ramblin' shoes.
And when the whistle blows I gotta go,
Oh mama, don't you know,
Well it looks like I'm never gonna lose
The freight train blues.

Unbridled railroad speculation, combined with overextended credit, had severely weakened the US financial structure. When the leading American banking company, managed by government agent Jay Cooke, suddenly declared bankruptcy, the market plummeted. The New York Stock Exchange closed it's doors by the end of the month. 5,183 businesses failed as the nation suffered a heavy depression that lasted until 1877.

1884 -- England: Dan Chatterton, the eccentric anarchist 'Old 48', publishes the wildly individual "Chatterton's Commune — the Atheist Communistic Scorcher", the first of 42 numbers until his death in 1895.

Richard Whiting in his once famous novel No. 5 John Street (An intriguing tale set in London at the time of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, which went through 13 printings by 1899) makes Chatterton one of his main characters under the name of 'Old 48', & says of his paper : 'The journal if I may be pardoned the digression, has no circulation; yet it supports '48 as he supports it....

Red & black anarchist circle A
1885 -- Paul Roussenq lives (1885-1949). Best known as the "anarchist convict."

Roussenq began years in prison began at age16, when arrested & sentenced to 3-months in jail for vagrancy. He threw a bread crust at the prosecutor, & with this dastardly terrorist act he remained in prison until 1932(!), when a massive protest campaign finally gained his release.

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1889 -- US: Hull House is opened by Jane Addams & associates with the intention of helping immigrants settle & naturalize in Chicago.

1891 -- US: Harriet Maxwell Converse (her Indian name was Ga-is-wa-noh — The Watcher) is the first white woman to be named chief of an Indian tribe. Converse became chief of the Six Nations Tribe at Tonawanda Reservation in New York. She had been adopted by the Seneca tribe 7 years earlier because of her efforts on behalf of the tribe.

1895 -- US: Booker T. Washington makes a speech at the Cotton States & International Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia.
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1895 -- US: Daniel David Palmer lives. Gave the first chiropractic adjustment to Harvey Lillard in Davenport, Iowa — now the home of Palmer Chiropractic College.

1900 -- France: The International Anti-Parliamentary Congress, scheduled to begin tomorrow, is prohibited by the French Council of Ministers. A protest meeting called for that evening is prevented by the police. Though some of the scheduled meetings are canceled, others take place in secret locations.EG, anarchist feminist

US anarchists, selecting American-born delegates for the Paris Congress settle on Emma Goldman, among others, although she is an immigrant. Emma was asked by several, including Lizzie & William Holmes, Abe Isaak, & Susan Patton, to present papers at the Congress.

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1904 -- Jose de Rivera lives. American sculptor, 1904-1985.
Construction #12, 1955, stainless steel

In addition to the Sheldon, artworks by de Rivera can be found in two other online exhibits with links from Artcyclopedia: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

1905 -- Greta Garbo lives, Stockholm.

1911 -- Russia: Socialist lawyer Dimitri Bogroff shoots Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Premier Stolypin at the Kiev Opera House.
Source: [Calendar Riots]

1917 -- Aldous Huxley, 23, is hired as a schoolmaster at Eton, where he counts among his unruly pupils Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell).

Huxley wrote Brave New World, warning of a mindless, materialistic existence a modernized society could produce. In the 'Foreword' of the 1946 edition, he said he believed that only through radical decentralization & a politics that was "Kropotkinesque & cooperative" could the dangers of modern society be escaped.

1920 --

& what does this wonderful standard design look like?

"The revolution is a party affair. The State is a party affair. Dictatorship is a party affair. Socialism is a party affair."

& moreover :

"The party is discipline. The party is iron discipline. The party is the power of the leaders. The party is the most rigorous centralism. The party is militarism. The party is iron militarism, absolute, the most rigorous."

Translated concretely this design means:

Up above the leaders, down below the masses.

Above: authority, bureaucracy, personality cult, dictatorship of the leaders, power to the headquarters.

Below: blind obedience, subordination, stand to attention.

— Otto Rühle, "Moscow & Us," Die Aktion, 18 September 1920.

1931 -- China: Mukden Incident — Japan occupies the whole of China's northeast or Manchuria.

Chiang Kai-shek’s government decides to address League of Nations at Geneva, but not to resist militarily.

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1933 -- Mark di Suvero, American sculptor, lives. Blubber, 1970-1980, Toledo Museum of Art Sister Lu, steel, 1978-1979, Baltimore Museum of Art, Sculpture Garden Shoshone, Los Angeles, this image not found July 24, 1999

In addition to Mary Ann Sullivan's Digital Imaging Project, cited three times above, work by di Suvero can be found in two online exhibits with links from Artcyclopedia: Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery at the U of Nebraska, Lincoln & Detroit Institute of Arts Image Database.

1934 -- US: Textile workers are out on an East coast General Strike; today 325,000 in the south & 421,000 nationwide are out on strike.

In all, a million & half workers strike in different industries in 1934. A broad anti-war movement is organized on college campuses as well. A nationwide strike against war in 1934 drew some 25,000 students whereas a strike in 1936 turned out an estimated 500,000 students.

This social unrest only grew, for despite its grand aspirations, the New Deal did not pull the US out of the Great Depression.

Only preparation for war managed that.

1934 -- Italy: The militarist character of the state is emphasized with the citizen-soldier: a law requires military training beginning at 8 years old & military education made obligatory in middle schools. Pre-military service is required of all men between the ages of 18 & 21 years with post-military service for 10 years afterwards.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

Destroy Fascismo poster, Spanish Revolution of 1936
1936 -- Spain: Generals Francisco Franco & Emilio Mola announce what they hoped would be the triumphant culmination of the fascist military insurrection they head.

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1938 -- Italy: In several speeches held in Veneto, Mussolini repeatedly rails against the bourgeoisie for remaining distant from the renewal of "propugnato" (militarismo, racism & cultural "servilismo"), of the military culture manifested in the laws cited above from 1934.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1942 -- US: The first inmates (Japanese Americans) arrive at Rohwer, Arkansas concentration camp.

1943 -- Italy: Mussolini annuncia da Radio Monaco (Baviera) la costituzione del partito fascista repubblicano e di una repubblica nelle regioni dell'Italia settentrionale sotto il controllo dall'esercito tedesco. / Mussolini announces from Radio Monaco (Baviera) the constitution of the Republican Fascist Party & a republic in the regions of northern Italy under the control from the German army.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1945 -- France: Voline (1882-1945), Russian revolutionary & anarchist historian, dies. (See 11 August.)

Trotsky had ordered his execution in 1921, but a hunger strike by the anarchists in prison publicly embarrassed the Bolsheviks & embroiled them in scandal & Voline was among those released on condition they leave the country. It was the first time political prisoners were deported from the vaunted Red Fatherland of the Proletariat.

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1958 -- US: Termination without tribal consent is ended "in spirit" (but not in practice) by US Secretary of Interior.

1959 --


SI dingbat

18 September to 25 October

Exhibition of collages, ceramics, drawings & graphic designs by Asger Jorn, Van de Loo Gallery, Essen.

1960 -- US: Two thousand cheer Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Fidel Castro's arrival in New York for the United Nations session.

1968 -- México: Following demonstrations since midsummer, troops invade México City National University.

Mexican federal troops occupy National University in Mexico City, taking 3,000 prisoners, including professors & parents.

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Jimi Hendrix
1970 -- Rock legend Jimi Hendrix dies, accidental barbiturate overdose, London.

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1971 -- Japan: Three police killed, hundreds hurt protesting Narita airport plan, which would destroy farmlands.

1971 -- Pink Floyd, who'd toyed with classical music elements throughout their career, become the first rock group to appear at the Classical Music Festival in Montreaux, Switzerland. The quartet performs its symphonic work "Atom Heart Mother."

(F)red disguised as Pattycake?
1975 -- US: Eighteen months after her abduction, San Francisco police "rescue" kidnapped heiress-turned-revolutionary Patty Hearst. Police killed most of her Symbionese Liberation Army comrades in the process.

1977 -- Outer Space: US Voyager I takes first space photograph of Earth & Moon together.

1980 -- -30-?: Katherine Anne Porter dies, 90, in a nursing home in Silver Spring, Maryland. She once noted of her writing method:

"I always write my last line, my last paragraphs, my last page first."

1980 -- Outer Space: Cuban Cosmonaut Arnoldo Tamayo becomes first black person in space.

Atomic War comic
1985 -- Star-Struck?: US & USSR reach a tentative agreement on a world-wide ban of medium-range nuclear missiles. Hopes of reducing the number of missiles soon ended in Iceland when Soviet Premier Gorbachev called for a limit on the development of "Star Wars" weapons & Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Ronnie Reagan refuses.

"I thought that Le Duc Tho had discovered some hidden physical attraction for me. He couldn't keep his hands off me."

— Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Nobel Peace Prize Winner Henry Kissinger revealing a little-known aspect of the Vietnam peace talks

1987 -- No Recall?: Pope John Paul II, whose authority rests solely on 2,000 years of Christian tradition, speaks to Native American leaders in Phoenix, Arizona, urging them to forget the past.

1988 -- Haiti: Another in a series of U.S.-supported post-Duvalier military coups occurs. Port-au-Prince.

1989 -- Puerto Rico: Hurricane Hugo strikes the island as it cuts a path of destruction across the Caribbean.

1990 -- US: Choc It Up?: A 500 lb 6' Hershey Kiss is displayed at 1 Times Square, New York City.

1991 -- US: Native American political prisoner Eddie Hatcher is stabbed four times in back by a prisoner paid by the prison administration, North.

Eugene Debs
2006 -- US: Eugene Debs sentenced to 10 years for speaking out against entry into WWI.
Kenneth Patchen / Gene Debs Labor Ensemble readings

Gene Debs Labor Ensemble presents Readings & Songs from: American Working-Class Literature, an Anthology Cafe Allegro, upstairs, 42nd & University Way, in the alley behind Magus Books, Seattle. 7:30pm.:

Walter Barbee, John Browne Jr., Gwen, Bill Witherup perform songs from the anthology
Adam Gish reads Langston Hughes
David Brown, of Recollection Books & the online Daily Bleed & Anarchist Encyclopedia, reads poet Kenneth Patchen("Orange Bears" & "Joe Hill Listens to the Praying")

Martin Fleck reads "Mother Witherup's Top Secret Cherry Pie" followed by Bill Witherup who reads two of his father poems from Men at Work & the "Baker of Pies" from Down Wind, Down River.
Dennis Otterstetter reads "Joe Hill's Last Will & Testament" & Preamble to the Little Red Song Book. Dennis speaks on the situation for labor today.
If time permits, Bill performs Debs' "Speech to the Court"
American Working-Class Literature An Anthology (Oxford University, 2006), edited by Nicholas Coles & Janet Zandy

3000 --

"If you don't like the news, go out & make some of your own."

— Scoop Nisker, radio signoff KSAN-FM, San Francisco, 1969

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