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Holly Guran | The Committee Responds to Petitions for the Ten-Hour Day, 1845

Based on Massachusetts House Document no. 50   We gathered many facts in relation to the Hours of Labor. The average each day in the Lowell mills—twelve and a half.   Sarah Bagley works by the piece. Chief evil: shortness of time for meals. Next evil: no time to cultivate the mind.   Dr. Wells, city physician found less sickness here than elsewhere, fewer dying in Lowell this year than […]

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Holly Guran | Regulations

Regulations                 Lawrence Manufacturing Company, 1833   No one may be dishonest, dissolute, indolent. All must refrain from ardent spirit, gambling, any desire to smoke Egyptian cigarettes. Fire we must prevent.   From public worship, no one may be absent. All must obey Sabbath rules, this we require. No one may be dishonest, dissolute, indolent.   For advice, those far from parents may apply to the Agent. To the utmost […]

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David Gross | The one-man revolution (the only one that’s coming)

YOU SEE the beauty of my proposal is it needn’t wait on general revolution. I bid you to the one-man revolution — The only revolution that is coming. —Robert Frost from Build Soil TODAY, instead of dredging up something from the archives about historical tax resistance campaigns and movements, I want to spend some time looking at individual tax resistance in service of what Ammon Hennacy called the “one-man*revolution.” Whether Hennacy got the […]

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Derrick Jensen

Derrick Jensen | Claims to virtue

IT’S NOT POSSIBLE to commit deforestation, or any other mass atrocity—mass murder, genocide, mass rape, the pervasive abuse of women or children, institutionalized animal abuse, imprisonment, wage slavery, systematic impoverishment, ecocide—without first convincing yourself and others that what you’re doing is beneficial. You must have, as Dr. Robert Jay Lifton has put it, a “claim to virtue.” You must be convinced—as the Nazis were convinced that the elimination of Jews […]

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