Joe Hill – 100 years

Paradigm Shift 4zzz fm 102.1 friday 20 Nov 15

On the 100th anniversary of Joe Hill’s execution, Andy and Ian discuss his legacy.

Andy interviews a local wobbly, Asger who says that the Industrial Workers of the World are revolutionary, grassroots, international, working class organisations. They resist hierarchies and work among the casualised and fast food workers.

Ian read out their an excerpt from the IWW constitution:

“The working class and the employing class have nothing in common … between these classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organise as a class, take possession of the earth and the machinery of production and abolish the wage system.”

They play a collection of Joe Hill Songs.

Phil Ochs – Joe Hill
This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb – The preacher and the slave
This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb – Rebel girl
Pete Seeger – Casey Jones – Union scab
Cisco Houston – The tramp
Joan Baez – I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night

One thought on “Joe Hill – 100 years”

  1. Reblogged this on Workers BushTelegraph and commented:

    Many people in Australia were affected by the Wobblies. They ran anti-conscription campaigns and organised in Brisbane. One Labour figure in Queensland who was influenced was Ernie Lane the author of ‘Dawn to Dusk – reminiscences of a rebel’. The Communist Party of Australia had quite a few wobblies when it was founded in the early 1920s. Paradigm Shift looks at the legacy.


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