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Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1864, the International Workingmen’s Association was founded in London. It was an international organization trying to unite a variety of different left-wing, socialist, communist and anarchist political groups and unions. It lasted for about 12 years, growing to a membership of eight million, before disbanding at its Philadelphia conference in 1876, victim of infighting brought on by the wide variety of members’ philosophies.
Today’s labor quote is by Karl Marx
“The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.”
Marx was a somewhat obscure 46-year-old émigré journalist when he attended the 1864 founding of the International Workingmen’s Association, but he soon come to play a decisive role in the organization.