Shays' Rebellion and OWS
Thank goodness for holidays and vacation time! I'm reading a long-put-off book, Toward an American Revolution: Exposing the Constitution & Other Illusions, by Jerry Fresia. In reading his brief account of the Shays' Rebellion of 1786-1787 and how it, along with other uprisings, influenced what transpired at the Constitutional convention in Philadelphia, I was struck by parallels between Shays' Rebellion and the OWS movement. Curious, I went looking for books on the subject and found two, one by Leonard Richards and one by David Szatmary. I haven't read either one, but Fresia references Szatmary, so I'll hazard a guess that Szatmary's account is a Marxist one and I'll guess that Richards' account is more conventional. Since I've fairly recently started to consolidate the threads of my life experiences into a formal declaration of identity with socialism, I was naturally attracted to Szatmary's account and bought the book. That should be interesting reading. In the meantime, I'd like to share with you this article, which appeared on the In Defence of Marxism website, to see what others on Corrente might think of this analysis. How strong are the parallels with the OWS movement? I can certainly see one of the lessons to be drawn: violence only begets more violence. Any other lessons?