Parliafunkadelicment Thangday! (Eugune Debs’ Organized Labor Mix)

There will be a Parliafunkadelicment Thangday post tomorrow. After two days of Bumbershoot, I am bumbershitted out. Plus, it was Labor Day. One of America’s few official national holidays. Look for a few cuts below. Today’s post is named in honor of America’s most famous, politically successful, and incorruptible politicians, Eugene Debs.

Socialism was much stronger during the early years of the 1900s in the United States than school textbooks would ever acknowledge. Milwaukee had several Socialist mayors. Socialism did best around the geographical area of the Midwest due to the heavy populations of Germans, Polacks, and other eastern Europeans familiar with Socialist ideals through their old continent roots. I apologize for the history lesson, but I have not educated myself to hoard knowledge.

Eugene Debs is one of my heroes, the only politician on my list. He truly was incorruptible and practiced as he preached. Debs only converted to Socialism after being arrested and jailed for organizing railroad workers in Ohio, where he read works of Karl Marx. Debs, though not a fan of organized religion applied his strong Christian beliefs to Socialism’s tenants. Yes, it is possible to be both socialist and religious. Jesus anyone? Debs practiced the truly radical message found within Jesus’ teachings.

When faced with the threat of ten years imprisonment and disenfranchisement for his outspokenness against World War I, Debs’ response to the judge was:

“Your Honor, years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it, and while there is a criminal element I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.”

Almost 65 when jailed, Debs ran as the head of the Socialist Party ticket during the 1920 election from behind bars. Debs received 913,664 votes, the highest number of votes ever received for a candidate running on a socialist platform. Released from prison in 1921, Debs went on to live until October of 1926 when he died at the age of 70.

While we live through the ongoing power struggle between different branches of the rich corpofascists’ Greed political party with its’ two branches (Democrats and Republicans), I hold out hope for a leader who has the gumption to cut through the messianic machismo bullshit. Eugene Debs did not desire to be the figurehead of the Socialist Party’s electoral campaigns. Aware of the danger of power, Debs warned his audience that,

” I am not a Labor Leader; I do not want you to follow me or anyone else; if you are looking for a Moses to lead you out of this capitalist wilderness, you will stay right where you are. I would not lead you into the promised land if I could, because if I led you in, some one else would lead you out. You must use your heads as well as your hands, and get yourself out of your present condition.”

Eugene Debs was a man whose ideas and actions should be known by every American. A breath of fresh air in the smoky backroom of old school American electoral politics, Debs would receive my more than my vote if he were running today.

Moving on to the darker side of reality in America as presented in The Dark Knight, here are a few haikus I wrote the day after seeing the movie.

lunacy, madness

why are you not smiling son?

permanent grinning

smoldering ruins

burning flesh, charon beckons

one least breath…darkness

disease, decay, death

brutal bloody bordello

gruesome ghoulish gore

bored out of my skull

wasting my abilities

am I in limbo?

Ending on a positive note, here is a morsel of funk on the coldest Labor Day I have ever experienced. I miss the warmth of the D. Even more, I miss the rich musical culture. Longing for the gritty, persevering spirit of the 313, here is a nice remix of Stevie Wonder’s “Uptight” by Freddie Joachim, a cat I just discovered last week. I have not really done any digging on him yet, but his album of remixes has some dope cuts.

But it’s all right if my clothes aren’t new
Out of sight because my heart is true.
She says baby ev’rything is alright, uptight, out of sight.
Baby, ev’rything is alright, uptight, clean out of sight.

“Color Blue” features nice synth grooves, while an effective hand drum pattern provides a natural percussive sound.

Check out more of Freddie’s music at.


2 Responses to “Parliafunkadelicment Thangday! (Eugune Debs’ Organized Labor Mix)”

  1. Hi!
    My name is Jessika!

  2. Look for my doc. film this fall AMERICAN SOCIALIST: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF EUGENE VICTOR DEBS, narrated by Amy Madigan. Facebook page by the same title.
    I am the director/writer/composer.

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