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The capitalist class is always on strike against the working class.
-Mary R Alspaugh

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Tuesday May 25, 1915
From the International Socialist Review: Mary R. Alspaugh on the Colorado Miners

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Readers of Hellraisers will recall the description by Mrs. Alspaugh, featured in the April edition of the Review, which told of the hardships endured by the former strikers in Colorado since the end of the strike. In this month's International Socialist Review, an article by Mary Alspaugh again offers a look into the strike and it's aftermath from the point of view of a class-conscious miner's wife.

Mrs. Alspaugh offers some thoughts about the over-powering forces summoned by the capitalist class to crush the miners and their families as they struggle for a decent standard of living. And she deplores the lack of class-consciousness that prevails in mining camps:

During the strike here the miners' wives and daughters organized a woman's auxiliary. A discussion came up in one of the meetings as to whether or not we should patronize a certain merchant who was accused of being "unfair." In fact, there was strong evidence that he was unfair, but one member objected to any discrimination on the ground that she did not believe in "tearing down what it had taken a lifetime to build up." A very remarkable statement, it seemed to me, to come from a "strong union woman," especially in the face of the fact that this very class of people had robbed us of all we had slaved for all our dull, drab lives, and that the very merchant in question was at that moment undermining the Socialist movement—the hope of the laboring class.
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You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

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Wednesday May 24, 1905
From the Chicago Inter Ocean: Labor Editor Luke Grant on the Industrial Unionists

Father Thomas J Haggerty
Father Thomas J. Hagerty
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Luke Grant, labor editor of the Inter Ocean, took on the subject of the upcoming convention of Industrial Unionist in his column this past Sunday. He had this to say about the intentions of those who favor establishing a new labor body based on industrial organization:
The whole scheme is chimerical and intended to drag the workers into the mire of politics. The new union would simply be a tail to the socialist kite; indeed, that is all that the dreamers who are advocating it hope for.
Grant took particular aim at Father Hagerty's "wheel of fortune," subjecting Hagerty's proposed chart of industrial organization to much ridicule.

The American Labor Union, one of the organizations involved in planing the upcoming convention, also found itself skewered by Grant's sharp pen.

Below the fold our readers can find those portions of Luke Grant's column which pertain to the convention of industrial unionists now scheduled to be held in Chicago on June 27th.

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He's in their dungeon, dark and grim;
He stood by us, we'll stand by him!
-Ralph Chaplin

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Sunday May 23, 1915
From Solidarity: "A Visit to Joe Hill" by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, 1915, with Name
On the front page of yesterday's edition of Solidarity we find an account authored by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn of her visit with FW Joe Hill who is now buried alive in the Salt Lake County Jail. The Rebel Song writer has been convicted of murder on purely circumstantial evidence and is under sentence of death. Miss Flynn stopped over in Salt Lake City on her way to California. She was allowed a one hour visit with Hill on May 6th.

Miss Flynn describes meeting Joe Hill:

When he came to us he was guarded on all sides by deputies, he came with a smile and a cheery greeting, with the clear eyed look of one who cannot be crushed. He is tall, good looking, but naturally thin after sixteen months in a dark narrow cell, with a corridor and another row of cells between him and daylight, and nourished by the soup and bean diet of a prison.
A Prisoner of the Class War

Miss Flynn further states:

He's a true soldier in the army of labor, philosophically accepting the status of a prisoner of war and the possibility of death.
And she asks of us:
Shall we fellow workers accept it with him so lightly?
Funds for the Defense Campaign are low, and Gurley Flynn urges that donations be made and made quickly in order to save the life of Fellow Worker Joe Hill.
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BBB signature Employee Sworn Residency Statement_1

In October 2012, the Chicago Board of Education voted to hire Barbara Byrd-Bennett as the school system's "Chief Executive Officer" following the dumping of Jean-Claude Brizard. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the Board Report making Byrd Bennett the highest-paid CEO in CPS history, at an annual salary of a quarter million dollars. Additional "performance bonuses" since then are not presently on the public record. But many other things are, and one of them shows that Byrd Bennett lied when she signed one of the routine forms that all new employees of CPS have to fill out: the "Residency" affidavit.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett falsified hiring documents in 2012 stating that her primary residence is in Chicago, while at the same time she was swearing in Ohio, in order to get a tax break, that her primary residence is in Solon, Ohio.

In documents obtained by Substance News, the signed "Employee Sworn Residency Statement", Byrd Bennett, on November 11, 2012, acknowledged and represented as fact that her primary residence was 233 East Wacker Drive, #2911, Chicago, Illinois 60601.

BBB Employee Sworn Residency Statement_1

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U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D. HI), who has been an adamant opponent of the TPP, is now focusing on stopping the TPA:
Thank you for adding your name to our petition opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. With your help, we were able to show that the American people want what’s best for our workers, not what’s best for corporations and special interests.

But now we’re facing an even greater challenge with the upcoming vote on the Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPA), also known as Fast Track. This act could have a devastating impact on American workers if passed. This is why I spoke out in opposition of TPA this week on the Senate floor.

Will you join me in standing firm against TPA today?

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The TPA procedure would force Congress to consider legislation such as TPP with an up or down vote, with no possibility for adding amendments. This is not in the best interest of the American people.

By taking away lawmakers’ power to oversee critical trade agreements and putting them on a “fast track” to approval, we could jeopardize hundreds of thousands of American jobs and weaken our manufacturing industry. TPA is in the corporate interests and that should not be the driving force for public policy decisions on public health, consumer safety, and the environment.

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Reposted from Hellraisers Journal by JayRaye

Definition of Socialism from the Socialist Party of Oklahoma:
Collective ownership and democratic management of things collectively used
and private ownership of things privately used.

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Friday May 21, 1915
From the Appeal to Reason: "Preachers Fear Landlord's Ire" by H. G. Creel

Appeal to Reason, banner, May 8, 1915
In the latest edition of the Appeal, Comrade Creel continued his series on the investigation conducted by the Commission on Industrial Relations into the conditions of tenant farmers in Texas and Oklahoma. The hearings took place this past March in Dallas under the capable guidance of Chairman Frank P. Walsh. Creel described testimony from a Socialist preacher who stated that he must "stifle" the preaching of the Bible as he understands it, or risk raising the ire of the Landlord.

Creel further reported how some of the witnesses were brought to tears by descriptions of the hardships endured by the women with small children, particularly the story of a woman struggling to care for a tiny baby as she picked cotton on her hands and knees, while dragging behind her her new-born on its improvised bed of cotton balls.

From the Appeal of May 15th:

Preachers Fear Landlord's Ire
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BY H. G. CREEL

Staff Correspondent Appeal to Reason.
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"To land a man with plenty of force (a large family of children), who'll get up early, work late and push a mule down the rows between times is the sole philosophy of southern landlordism," declared W. T. Davis, witness before the United States industrial relations commission at Dallas.

Davis is a farmer tenant of A. [J.] Tom Padgitt, the Coleman county (Texas) landlord who says he is capable of deciding weighty questions for an entire community and who announced that he would rent no more land to Socialists. Davis is now a small land owner. He told a vastly different story than either Padgitt or his overseer, Rieves. The former tenant declared that most of the people of the community were in hearty accord with Socialism and that because of its rapid growth the landlord and overseer decided to stamp it out. He told of preachers who joined the Socialist local on Padgitt's place and related that he was the local Sunday school superintendent when he took out membership in the party. He declared that commissary prices were 50 per cent to 60 percent higher than elsewhere.

Country Preacher's Position.

The Rev. John C. Granberry followed Davis. Granberry is professor of sociology and economics at Southwestern University, Georgetown. He testified:

The country church and the country preacher are keys to the whole situation. I have been a rural preacher and I know what I'm talking about. The man who enters and remains in the rural ministry today is either a fool or a hero. The books he studies were written in a bygone age. They do not deal with present-day problems. But his Bible deals very definitely with matters of today. It teaches "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof." It declares that land shall not be sold forever. It thunders against usury. It gives the preacher every encouragement to mount his pulpit and say "The Heavenly Father put oil in the earth for all of his children and you, Mr. Oil Monopolist, are only one of them."

But what's going to happen if he does that? He'll certainly lose his job. Whether he stifles himself and makes sure of a living for his family or says what his book teaches him to say and is kicked out he's either a fool or a hero. I don't know which.

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Look, I used to be an actor in a union job
A Walmart anti-union video leaked onto the internet yesterday. It's been pulled down from YouTube. UPDATE: It's back up! Walmart has had problems with pesky unions over the past forever years. Recently, Walmart suddenly closed five mega stores, which they said was because of "plumbing issues" but seemed to coincide with union activities in those stores.

The video starts with the usual Walmart signage and the obligatory image of a Latino woman restocking shelves from a carry basket (because that's how restocking shelves is usually done ... it's as easy as a person carrying a basket with three things in it who walks around a Walmart megastore and then isn't fired for being the worst working person in the history of working). A voiceover explaining how Walmart is a great job with great opportunities. People that work at Walmart are called "associates." They use the word "associates" so much during the video you can't help but start to feel like you're entering into a cult—not a coincidence.

Did you know you can become a shareholder in Walmart? Yes you can. This is because "Mr. Sam" strongly believed in "the philosophy of the partnership with associates."

Mr. Sam!
Mr. Sam is Sam Walton, founder and all-around-associate-loving billionaire who passed on his love of giving back to the community to his heirs.

The video goes on to reveal the woman who has been talking the whole time. She tells us she never thought she would be a shareholder in a big company like Walmart but she is! And so is the next guy (seen at the top of this diary). "Justin", as his nametag suggests, is also a shareholder and he thinks you've made a great choice working for any one of the Walmart stores or businesses (Sam's Club et al). But, Justin warns:

You aren't the only one looking to get your foot in the door at Walmart.
Labor unions. You might have heard about them. Well, Walmart's going to tell you some things about unions. They spend "millions" trying to get a union into Walmart and Walmart "associates" have said time and time again that they do not want unions. The video goes on to point out the problems with unions. Highlights include:
  • Unions start boycotts of Walmart. How can they be for workers if they're against the business that the workers are working for? (The Walmart actor says "she doesn't get it." Neither do I, Walmart actor-lady.)
  • It turns out unions are multi-million dollar businesses that make their money by "convincing people like you and me to give them part of our paychecks."
  • An actor who was forced to join a union in his last job tells us the only thing he remembers about his union was that the union took money from his paycheck before he even saw it—
    like TAXES!!!!

BOOOOOO! TAXES!!!!
  • Walmart's "stance on all of this" is that they are "pro-associate."
  • "Every job has its ups and downs and a union can't change that."
  • Unions will ask you to give them information about yourself so they can send you more information about unions. They may promise you wage increases and free health care.
    "DON'T BE FOOLED, YOUR SIGNATURE IS VERY VALUABLE."

That all-caps quote was their answer to the promises a union organizer might make to you to get you to sign a petition or a document saying you want a union. If you give them a signature you cannot take it back!

Good luck with your new career!
UPDATED: with video below the fold.
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If they want to fight, let them come on.
We will call out every member of our union rather than give up.
-Teamster President Cornelius Shea

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Saturday May 20, 1905
Chicago, Illinois - School Children Enter the Teamsters' Strike, Arrested and Jailed

School children went on strike this past week in Chicago after noticing that scab coal had been delivered to their school. Fifty children were arrested for being "disorderly."

From the Rock Island Argus of May 16th:

FIFTY STRIKING CHICAGO SCHOOL CHILDREN
ARRESTED AND JAILED
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Movement Grows, 1,500 Going Out
Without Cause.
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MEN STILL DETERMINED
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Decline to Take Steps Looking to Peace---
Threaten to Tie Up the City.
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Blockade at State and Madison Streets, Chicago Teamsters Strike, Harper's Weekly Review, June 17, 1905
Blockade at State and Madison Streets
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Chicago, May 16.-Three hundred colored strike breakers arrived in Chicago today from St. Louis. They were largely recruited from river towns. Another gang came in from Cincinnati. Nearly a score of the latter deserted when they reached here claiming they were told no strike was prevailing here. One deserter said the coaches in which they traveled were locked during the entire trip.
Messengers Out.

Over 100 of the Postal Telegraph company's messengers struck this morning. The boys occupied themselves chiefly in jeering at nonunion teamsters.

Two colored men were severely beaten in Fourteenth street today by a mob which the police dispersed by the free use of their clubs.

More Pupils Quit.

Pupils of the Fallon public school also struck when two loads of coal from the Peabody Coal company were delivered at the building. The Fallon school and the Graham school are in adjoining districts on the south side.

Youngsters Put in Jail.

The youngsters became so disorderly 50 of them were arrested and jailed. The others quickly disappeared from the streets. The strike of school children assumed larger proportions today when 1,500 pupils of the Graham school refused to enter the building. Officials say no "unfair" coal has been delivered at the school.

Looks Like Spread.

Chicago, May 16.-The possibility of a tieup in all delivery business in Chicago including funerals grew definite at a meeting today of President Shea, with W. J. Gibbons, business agent of the Cab and Livery Wagon Drivers' union and representatives of the liverymen's and undertakers' associations...

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Below the fold Hellraisers offers further news on the Chicago Teamsters strike from the past week.
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You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

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Friday May 19, 1905
Chicago, Illinois - Teamster Strike Continues With City in Turmoil

Today and tomorrow, Hellraisers presents a series of newspapers articles intended to update our readers on the progress of the Chicago Teamsters Strike now engulfing that city in turmoil. We begin today, with this article from the Chicago Daily Tribune of May 10th:

NEGROES PROTEST AGAINST RACE PREJUDICE
IN STRIKE.
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Stirring Speeches Made at Massmeeting Attended by
More than One Thousand Persons.
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Ida B Wells-Barnett, Chicago, Illinois
More than 1,000 negroes assembled at the Bethel African Methodist church, Thirtieth and Dearborn streets, last night and adopted resolutions read by Mrs. Ida Wells Barnett protesting against the action of the Department Store Drivers' union, which, the resolution asserted, circulated a "slanderous" letter against negro drivers, declaring them to be "loafers," not willing to work.

This charge was denounced as a willful and malicious falsehood urged against men who proved their value by risking their lives to obtain work. The resolutions also called upon the mayor to "save hard working citizens from the kind of protection which lets the rioter go free and sends the victim to the jails and hospitals."

The speakers were the Rev. A. J. Carey, pastor of the church; ex-County Commissioner Edward H. Wright, Dr. George C. Hall, Mrs. Ida Wells Barnett, and George T. Kersey.

"We deplore the fact that in this controversy between labor and capital race prejudice should have a part when there is no race issue in the strike that now holds our city in its grasp," said Mr. Carey.

"As long as the negro remains a law abiding citizen he should have the right to labor and be protected at his labor," said Mr. Wright. "This is a public right and should not be influenced one way or the other because of the color of a man's skin."

Dr. George C. Hall said: "We must be allowed to go upon the streets peacefully and not be subjected to the infamous treatment which we have received at the hands of both these agents. We are not going to ask the people to stop this; we are going to stop it ourselves."

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From King 5 news
Right now all entranceways to Terminal 5 in the Port of Seattle are blocked in protest of Shell's plans to drill in the Arctic.  Hundred of people converged on the terminal around 7:am this morning.  It is the top news event on local TV channels.  
“Everyone is out here today, we have scientists, teachers and city councilmembers risking arrest because they understand the severity of this moment,” said Sarra Tekola a student with Divest University of Washington who recently won a vote to divest their school’s endowment from Coal. “Climate change isn't a polar bear issue it's a human rights issue, climate change displaces people from their countries, 40 years ago desertification kicked my father out of his country in Ethiopia and it's going to get worse. This is our lunch counter to sit on, this is our history to be made, we hold the world in our hands.”
A loose network of several dozen groups calling themselves the sHell No! Action Council (SNAC) organized today’s action. SNAC has focused their opposition to Arctic Drilling on the impacts of Global Warming on the impacts on peoples in the Global South and indigenous communities.

The latest fromKing 5 news in Seattle.

Update:  

Live Blog here

Update:  10:22 am

Food, music, toilets and people calling friends to join from their smart phones.  Terminal shut down.  City Councilperson Kshama Sawant, a political maverick in our midst spoke to the crowd.  

From all indications looks like this will be going on for a while.  

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The newspapers were hammering me,
and the priests and the ministers were hammering me,
but I am alive yet,
I am still here, hammering them.
-Mother Jones

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Tuesday May 18, 1915
Washington, D. C., - Mother Jones Wraps Up Her Testimony Before Walsh Commission

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On Friday May 14th, Mother Jones appeared before the Commission on Industrial Relations to conclude her testimony. She was questioned on that day by Chairman Walsh and by Commissioner Weinstock.

She made many memorable statements on during these interrogations.

Regarding the time spent in the cold cellar cell at Walsenburg, Colorado, she said:

And so I was put in the cellar. It was cold, it was a horrible place, and they thought it would sicken me, but I concluded to stay in that cellar and fight them out. I had sewer rats that long every night to fight, and all I had was a beer bottle; I would get one rat, and another would run across the cellar at me. I fought the rats inside and out just alike.
Speaking of a mass meeting held in Philadelphia before the March of the Mill Children, she declared:
I showed them children with their hands off, a sacrifice on the altar of profit, giving to this Nation maimed and useless citizens.

I spoke to the ministers, and asked them if they were not carrying out Christ's doctrine, suffer little children to come unto me, they are all that is pure and holy, and you say "Suffer the little ones to go into the slave pens, and we will grind them into profit." And that is what is done.

When asked by Commissioner Weinstock if she had respect for Law and Order, she replied:
I certainly do, but when the law jumps all over my class and there is no law for my class, and it is only for the other fellow, then I want to educate my people so as to put my people on the bench...
And she further stated:
I am always in favor of obeying the law; but if the high-class burglar breaks the law and defies it, then I say we will have a law that will defend the Nation and our people.
When asked for recommendations that the Commission could take to the U. S. Congress, one of Mother's suggestions was public ownership of the mines:
Now, I believe in taking over the mines, Mr. Weinstock. They are mineral, and no operator, no coal company on the face of the earth made that coal. It is a mineral; it belongs to the Nation; it was there down the ages, and it belongs to every generation that comes along, and no set of men should be permitted to use that which is nature's. It should be given to all of nature's children in other nations.
Note: emphasis added to above quotations.

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Reposted from Anti-Capitalist Meetup by Galtisalie

Epidemics of cholera as well as other serious diseases, including neoliberalism, can take a toll on solidarity. "Trade" deals, and the conduct used in pushing them through to adoption, can be purposely choleric in order to accentuate a breakdown in solidarity. A carefully-orchestrated disinformation and intimidation campaign can provide a loud and pushy disincentive to obtaining and sharing knowledge and growing into a healthier society.

The Gipper is credited with the famous saying "trust, but verify." However, it is actually an old Russian proverb. The phrase came in handy when scrutinizing the actions of the potentially dastardly Russian Mikhail S. Gorbachev.

With matters of political economics, we have learned over the last hundred years that verification is not always easy because labels sometimes defy reality. Since the fall of the authoritarian state capitalist Soviet Union, which claimed to be real and scientific socialism, apathy has set in about true human choice on matters not having to do with consumer goods. The possibility of a heterodox deeply democratic vision for humanity is laughed at by commenters. They blithely point to North Korea and the supposedly happy riveters south of the border who produce things once made by Americans for the great now debt-driven and trade-imbalanced American marketplace.

Speaking of Russia, its dolls and other trinkets are now made in China too. Ironically, the British Green Quaker documentary filmmaker David Malone aptly says that modern "trade" agreements are like Russian dolls, with lots of other dolls inside that have nothing to do with trade. We are expected to place the doll up on a shelf and not worry what's inside, even if the shelf is getting repossessed.

Anyway, it's not really as simple as opening up to see the next doll inside, although it would be nice if we were allowed to at least do that before making the purchase. If the global "we" really wants to understand something that comes with risk, such as a disease, or a series of massive "trade" deals, we must first be able to put the pieces as well as the whole under a microscope, do DNA tests, and have plenty of time to learn what exactly it is we are seeing. Learning the ecological context is also critical.

Sounds like technical questions best left to experts! So, we can sit this one out. Maybe it is we who are dialectical dolls here, expected to live superficially without addressing our interior selves. Why concern one's pretty little self with such manly and adult details?

More broadly, absolutely do not ponder whether the globalization of hegemonic capitalism is the disease or the cure. That would necessitate openly and closely studying and discussing, without fear of repression, the system that is being imposed, the crises it inevitably causes, the insolvency it constantly courts, the reserve army of unemployed workers, the lack of fair distribution of the winnings that arise from the system, and calmly comparing the available alternatives, including everything from tweaks to overhauls to repeal and replace.

Democracy is this potentially great mass experimental method if the powers that be would allow it to work deeply and openly. If we were allowed to trust but verify we could be engaged citizens. Instead, we are forced to leave democracy to neoliberal politicians, experts, and talking heads, as if they will explain to us what little it is that we need to know after they have made their decisions, which have bound within them unprecedented curtailments to democracy.

This sounds more like oligarchical exploitation than rule by the people. But what can we do to defend ourselves in times like these?

At least from the time of Spartacus, solidarity has been the enemy of exploitation, always has been and always will be. But woe unto those who take the risks of speaking the truth to power, or even seeking the truth. The doubt-inspiring whispers are reaching a chorus of "shut-up and know your place." Self-doubt cannot help but set in:

In the end, did Spartacus really want to be free and in solidarity with other people in the struggle to be free? Wasn't it really pretty nice being a Thracian gladiator after all? And for his followers, as they were hanging from crosses every bit as real as Jesus's, might they not have had a little buyer's remorse?
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Come to daddy. Put aside those passions. Don't question too much. It's for your own good that you are being led through the valley of the shadow of death in a blindfold.

If only we would listen to President Obama and our other elders we too may yet make a nice match:

A young and accomplished national hero, Dr. Juvenal Urbino, meets Fermina and begins to court her. Despite her initial dislike of Urbino, Fermina gives in to her father's persuasion and the security and wealth marrying Urbino offers, and they wed. Urbino is a medical doctor devoted to science, modernity, and "order and progress". He is committed to the eradication of cholera and to the promotion of public works. He is a rational man whose life is organized precisely and who greatly values his importance and reputation in society. He is a herald of progress and modernization.
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