The grossest violations of the right to free speech in our history occurred under Woodrow Wilson's war on the First Amendment, but the victims--radical farmers, Wobblies
, intransigent Midwesterners, and a kooky idealistic movie producer--didn't have press agents to apotheosize them, as did the rich communist screenwriters of the 1950s.
Thus we get: the history of Nestor Makhno, Durruti and the Commune of Paris by Spain Rodriguez; the revolt of Kronstadt, and that of the Alsatian 'rustauds' by Fremion and Volny; the history of the Wobblies
by Steve Stiles; a portrait of Benjamin Peret as a militant by Melinda Gebbie and Adam Cornford.
Imagine the Wobblies
having set the agenda rather than the American Federation of Labor.
The International Workers of the World (IWW), known colloquially as the Wobblies
, aimed for nothing less than the overthrow of capitalism.
Actors from Knights of Labor to Single Taxers to Wobblies
to New Leftists to the Squamish Five are woven into the tapestry.
Approximately 350 entries are arranged in mostly chronological sections, among them Columbus and Las Casas, Indian removal, slavery and defiance, socialists and the Wobblies
, from the jazz age to the uprisings of the 1930s, the black upsurge against racial segregation, Vietnam and beyond, the Carter-Reagan-Bush consensus, the War on Terror, and rising resistance in the 21st century.
In the early 20th century, a migrant worker in Vancouver became an outspoken radical activist working closely with the Prince Rupert Industrial Association (PRIA), a local affiliate of The Industrial Workers of the World (or Wobblies
as they came to be known).
Obesity has assumed plague proportions: we're a nation of wobblies
, waddling from chipshop to pie-shop and producing children who weigh 20 stone at age seven.
Princess Pushy, who lives just along the corridor, tells Tatler magazine: "I thought she (Kate) would get the wobblies
Unfortunately, to master these skills they become mini-control freaks and throw wobblies
when Mummy says no.
He was a member of the Wobblies
(Industrial Workers of the World) and his Communist politics led to him being blacklisted, which made it difficult for him to find work.
Parliamentarians and councillors throw wobblies
because they "only get a trip to Africa" instead of Western capitals as though 'trips' are some sort of pay off.