Two Tune Tuesday: To Madison’s Protesters

How could I not? Billy Bragg, modern labor troubador, at your service. (He’s damned good live, if you get the chance.)

For those labor geeks out there, there’s a recording of the original Florence Reece song “Which Side Are You On?” on YouTube. You can listen to Billy Bragg’s studio version of that song, too, which is one of my all-time favorites.

(thanks to my friend Cleo of the band Alright Alright for reminding me of the 2nd track!)

2 Replies to “Two Tune Tuesday: To Madison’s Protesters”

  1. Honestly, I’m not a big fan of unions most of the time. When I was a kid, Minnesota construction unions waged a sustained campaign of violence in my hometown, culminating in a mass arson attack on non-union workers’ homes. Every firefighter’s kid knows that every arson is potentially a mass murder, with firefighters among the likely victims; thank God nobody died that time. It’s hard not to remember it whenever organized labor issues come up.

    But. Taking away the right to union representation – because maybe you won’t like what the unions will do – is like taking away people’s right to vote because they might vote the “wrong” way.

    So I’ll agitate against Ohio SB5. After it’s rightfully defeated, I might well cheer against those same unions when they’re fighting with the state over budget cuts. But I won’t let non-sympathy with their specific intentions turn into a desire to remove their rights.

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