Thursday, November 06, 2008

CUPE 3903 on strike.

(NB: If anyone in 3903 is following this, do you guys have a button I can put somewhere?)

When the union's inspiration through the workers' blood shall run,
There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun;
Yet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one,
But the union makes us strong.

Solidarity forever,
Solidarity forever,
Solidarity forever,
For the union makes us strong.

Is there aught we hold in common with the greedy parasite,
Who would lash us into serfdom and would crush us with his might?
Is there anything left to us but to organize and fight?
For the union makes us strong.

Solidarity forever,
Solidarity forever,
Solidarity forever,
For the union makes us strong.

It is we who plowed the prairies; built the cities where they trade;
Dug the mines and built the workshops, endless miles of railroad laid;
Now we stand outcast and starving midst the wonders we have made;
But the union makes us strong.

Solidarity forever,
Solidarity forever,
Solidarity forever,
For the union makes us strong.

All the world that's owned by idle drones is ours and ours alone.
We have laid the wide foundations; built it skyward stone by stone.
It is ours, not to slave in, but to master and to own.
While the union makes us strong.

Solidarity forever,
Solidarity forever,
Solidarity forever,
For the union makes us strong.

They have taken untold millions that they never toiled to earn,
But without our brain and muscle not a single wheel can turn.
We can break their haughty power, gain our freedom when we learn
That the union makes us strong.

Solidarity forever,
Solidarity forever,
Solidarity forever,
For the union makes us strong.

In our hands is placed a power greater than their hoarded gold,
Greater than the might of armies, magnified a thousand-fold.
We can bring to birth a new world from the ashes of the old
For the union makes us strong.

Solidarity forever,
Solidarity forever,
Solidarity forever,
For the union makes us strong.

3 comments:

Peter Thurley said...

Some of my favourite moments from NDP conventions have been the collective lifting of the beer glasses to sing a rousing rendition of "Solidarity Forever" The policy talk is fun, but let me tell you, philosophers and socialists really know how to party!

p.s. what are your interests in metaethics and the philosophy of action? I've moved from interests in metaethics to interests in applied ethics and political philosophy, but there's quite nothing like a good metaethical debate once in a while

Anonymous said...

3903strike.ca

Strike to win!!!

ADHR said...

Peter,

Currently, I'm working on my dissertation, focusing on the connection between reasons and action. So, some practical epistemology (what are the desiderata on a model of reasons-explanation of action, and what model fits them best), and then some practical ontology (what are the different kinds of reasons that can fit into that model). The aim is to work from that into a broader metaethical picture, largely grounded in (probably Peirce-style) pragmatism.