By Arnold Stead
From the speech for which Frank Little was once murdered in Butte, Montana
Frank Little is taken into account via a few to be the best organizer produced by way of the U.S. hard work circulate, and but worthy little has been written in regards to the recognized commercial staff of the area (IWW) agitator. Little used to be a key chief of the country’s first loose speech fights, equipped a couple of mass moves, and used to be thought of this kind of hazard to company pursuits that he was once lynched by means of corporation thugs for decry makes an attempt at strike breaking. Police and executive officers not just became a blind eye to his homicide, they later used his phrases and activities to justify a crusade to scapegoat and persecute different participants of the IWW.
Always on Strike chronicles and significantly engages with Little’s exploits in hopes of disclosing a brand new iteration of radicals to his lifestyles, legacy and politics.
Featuring disguise artwork from a portrait of Frank Little via Keith Seidel, keithseidel.com
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Additional resources for Always on Strike: Frank Little and the Western Wobblies
In The Illusions of Progress Sorel describes progress as “the adornment of the mind that, free of prejudice, sure of itself, and trusting in the future, has created a philosophy assuring the happiness of all those who possess the means of living well” [my emphasis]. 4 Frank Little’s devotion to direct action is beyond question. Like his western fellow workers, Little was essentially a collectivist and an anti-centralist. 5 The IWW adopted the WFM policy of taking in any worker who could produce a valid union card regardless of race, color, or creed.
Joyce L. Kornbluh’s instructive anthology Rebel Voices cites the following “unsigned verses,” which originally appeared in the Industrial Worker of May 1, 1912. The song served as a battle cry for the San Diego free-speech fight. ” Chorus We’re bound for San Diego, you better join us Always on Strike text pages 7_all pages 10/21/14 5:48 PM Page 52 A l w A y s o n s trike 52 now. If they don’t quit, you bet there’ll be an awful row. We’re coming by the hundreds, will be joined by hundreds more. So join at once and let them see the workers are all sore.
On at least two occasions he recruited free-speech “soldiers” from hobo jungles then either sent or accompanied them by freight train more than a thousand miles away to take part in an action. ” Like Thomas Paine and Michael Bakunin, the IWW viewed ignorance as an essential collaborator in the continued smooth 41 Always on Strike text pages 7_all pages 10/21/14 5:48 PM Page 42 42 A l w A y s o n s trike functioning of governments. In his Rights of Man, Paine proclaims: “Reason and Ignorance, the opposites of each other, influence the great bulk of Mankind.
Always on Strike: Frank Little and the Western Wobblies by Arnold Stead