By Chaim Leib Weinberg
This tale, informed through one colourful determine one of the anarchists of Philadelphia, doesn't inform the full tale of the city's circulation, nor does one man's event with anarchism current the lengthy and dramatic saga of the belief and its believers. The memoirs of Chaim Leib Weinberg supply an engaging sliver of a bigger photograph, keeping to an completely operating type, folkloric area of interest. the writer was once a major orator and tale teller: those have been the skills that set him except such a lot of his contemporaries. simply because he dedicated part a century to working towards his oral craft, he left a transparent mark at the radical tradition he lived inside of
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I FORTY YEARS IN THE STRUGGLE 23 consented to that: if it's going to be a performance, let's have the whole kit and caboodle, that is, in theater-speech, with all the scenery. Mr. Berger was in love with the daughter of a Jewish worker, someone named Burstein. When he came and told them that he was going to speak dressed as a rabbi, they laughed at him. That spoiled a little his anticipation of triumph. He arrived with Burstein’s daughter as a singer comes to the opera, but without the rabbinical attire.
I merely paid a percentage of my wages to help carry out the strike. One time, at a strikers’ meeting, a man asked to speak. He was given the floor, and when he got it, he started trying to convince the strikers that with a strategy of sitting around in the halls and eating sandwiches, drinking beer and dancing a little, they would never win the strike. What must be done, he said, is to go to the boss, chase him out of the office and take over the factory. The chairman answered him that it was a wonderfully nice idea for the future when all the workers would be perfectly enlightened.
I said, “There is no sense in continually carrying on an economic struggle exclusively in the domain of production. We are exploited in the factories. 65 Therefore the struggle in the realm of consumption is just as necessary. We view the boss of the factory as an enemy. Well, what about the storekeeper? He also makes money from our labor, so doesn’t that make him just as much the enemy? The manufacturer robs us from one side and the storekeeper from the other. We are squeezed by both of them equally.