Joe Hill – 100 years

My Will is easy to decide
 For there is nothing to divide.
 My kin don't need to fuss and moan
 "Moss does not cling to rolling stone."
 My body? — Oh! — If I could choose
 I would to ashes it reduce
 And let the merry breezes blow
 My dust to where some flowers grow.
 Perhaps some fading flower then
 Would come to life and bloom again.
 This is my Last and Final Will —
 Good Luck to All of you,
                        Joe Hill

Joe Hill

Many people in Australia were affected by the Wobblies, Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). They ran anti-conscription campaigns and organised in Brisbane in the early 1900s.  Ernie Lane the author of ‘Dawn to Dusk – reminiscences of a rebel’ was a local wobbly. The Communist Party of Australia had quite a few wobblies when it was founded in the early 1920s. Paradigm Shift looks at the legacy.


Paradigm Shift

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 –…

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