Thursday, 01 May 2014 08:30

History of May Day

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Most Americans associate May Day with the hanging of flower baskets or the National Day of Prayer. With the Cold War now a distant memory, we seem to have forgotten that May 1, or May Day, while traditionally representing the coming of spring, has been for over a century the most important calendar day of the year for communists, socialists, and anarchists. This was the traditional day in the Soviet Union and the communist bloc countries for massive parades, replete with missiles, tanks, rank upon rank of goose-stepping troops, red flags, and huge posters of Marx and Lenin. This has not changed in countries that are still officially communist, such as China, North Korea, Cuba, and Vietnam. In non-communist countries of the world, the communist and socialist parties have continued to hold May Day celebrations, usually under the banner of International Workers Solidarity Day.

According to The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, communist countries and communist parties celebrate May Day "by mobilizing the working people in the struggle to build socialism and communism." The same source goes on to report: "On May Day the working people of the Soviet Union show their solidarity with the revolutionary struggles of the working people in capitalist countries and with national liberation movements. They express their determination to use all their power for the struggle for peace and building of a communist society."

Andy McInerney, a staff member of the communist Workers World Party and a leader of the ANSWER Coalition's illegal alien organizing effort, extolled the glories of May Day in the Spring 1996 edition of Liberation & Marxism. McInerney wrote:

Every year, the ruling classes around the world are again reminded of their vulnerability and of the power of their gravediggers. On May 1, the world working class displays its strength in demonstrations and strikes. May Day — International Workers' Day — is a reminder to the ruling classes that their days are numbered.... From 1919 onward, the success of May Day in the United States would depend on the success of the communist movement.

"The decision to make May 1st a day of annual demonstrations," says The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, "was made in July 1889 by the Paris Congress of the Second International, to commemorate an action by the workers of Chicago, who organized a strike for May 1, 1886, demanding an eight-hour workday, and held a demonstration that ended in a bloody confrontation with the police."

The communist encyclopedia's account of May Day's origins cited above is deceptive and deficient on several important points. The Chicago strikes and demonstrations of 1886-1888 culminated in the violent Haymarket Square riots, which included the murder of Chicago police officers, when anarchists hurled a dynamite bomb into police ranks. In the aftermath of the terrorist event, Captain Michael J. Shaack of the Chicago Police Department launched an in-depth investigation that resulted in a monumental 700-page book exposing a vast network of communists and anarchists working in concert across the nation, with direct ties to confederates in Europe. Captain Shaack's expose, Anarchy and Anarchists, demonstrated that what appeared on the surface to many people to be spontaneous, desultory incidents were actually very meticulously planned revolutionary events.

American labor unions, recognizing the communist effort to exploit May Day worldwide as well as the communist effort to penetrate and control labor, refused to follow the Marxist-led Second International and instead have traditionally celebrated Labor Day in September.

Photo of May Day demonstration in Moscow, May 1, 2014: AP Images

This article originally appeared in the May 29, 2006 issue of The New American


  • Comment Link Frank M. Pelteson Friday, 02 May 2014 12:33 posted by Frank M. Pelteson

    Always overlooked is the inter-generational, hidden cabal that has created and kept going the communist conspiracy throughout the centuries.

    There is a book, called "The Insiders--Architects of the New World Order," that places this in the correct light.

    This enlightening book can be bought at . It should be in everyone's library.

  • Comment Link Ted Makogon Friday, 02 May 2014 09:14 posted by Ted Makogon

    Firstly, the correct name is the Large Soviet Encyclopaedia, not "Great". The original name in Russian is "Bolshaya Sovetskaya Entsiklopediya", Bolshaya in Russian is "Large" or "Big". "Velikaya" is "Great", like in "Velikaya Oktyabrskaya revolyutsiya" (Great October Revolution).

    Secondly, you do not understand the main point: from the point of view of the writers of the "Large Soviet Encyclopaedia", killing policemen was not only something unacceptible, but a highly regarded act. In the course of 1917 February revolution, thousands policemen and military officers were killed by rioting mobs, which the official history of the Soviet Union always regarded as a great achievement deserving highest praise. The reason was, all policemen were considered by communists "the servants of the capitalist regime", deserving death by definition (the reason for which was in turn that all Russian communists were hard-core criminals who made money by robbing banks and police stations, killing innocent bystanders in the process). This is why as soon as former police was annihilated in March 1917, the new police was called "militia", the name retained by Soviet police force until 2011, when it was finally renamed "police" in Russia. However, in several former Soviet republics, including by the way Ukraine and Belorussia, police is still caled "militia" since the very term "police, policemen" is associated by ordinary people with "oppression of the working class", as one of the results of the 70 year-long Soviet propaganda.

  • Comment Link Heidi Preston Friday, 02 May 2014 01:48 posted by Heidi Preston

    "In 1884, the 1st of May 1886 had been chosen as the day the Federation of Organised Trade and Labour Unions of the United States and Canada had earmarked "as the date from and after which eight hours shall constitute a legal days labour". On the 1st May 1886, Australia's first anarchist organisation was formed - The Melbourne Anarchist Club. "- An Australian History page

    " ..The day of this celebration was to be April 21. At first, the Australian workers intended this only for the year 1856. But this first celebration had such a strong effect on the proletarian masses of Australia, enlivening them and leading to new agitation, that it was decided to repeat the celebration every year. ,,,,The first to follow the example of the Australian workers were the Americans. In 1886 they decided that May 1 should be the day of universal work stoppage. On this day 200,000 of them left their work and demanded the eight-hour day. Later, police and legal harassment prevented the workers for many years from repeating this [size] demonstration. However in 1888 they renewed their decision and decided that the next celebration would be May 1, 1890.

    In the meanwhile, the workers' movement in Europe had grown strong and animated. The most powerful expression of this movement occurred at the International Workers' Congress in 1889. At this Congress, attended by four hundred delegates, it was decided that the eight-hour day must be the first demand. Whereupon the delegate of the French unions, the worker Lavigne from Bordeaux, moved that this demand be expressed in all countries through a universal work stoppage. The delegate of the American workers called attention to the decision of his comrades to strike on May 1, 1890, and the Congress decided on this date for the universal proletarian celebration. " Rosa Luxemberg

    So the first demonstrations was on April 21,1856 when the STONEMASONS initiated the movement in Australia and it was copied around the world on May 1st to join with the Pagen Spring Festival of burnt sacrifce which riots usually have and harm to the people usually occurs which fits in nicely with the pagen ritual of burnt offerings to their pagen gods. In 1886 it was the AMERICANS who decided to make May 1st a day of UNIVERSAL work stopage. The Puritans had their say and of course the violenence at Haymarket Square riots had an influence over the date as well. Notice that demonstrations and riots occure in squares around the world. Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 and the people in Maiden Square who led the uprising in Russia....always in a square. It's symbolism. The square mortarboards are, of course, used by the Freemasons for their plaster.

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