I mockingly celebrated “May Day” yesterday. While on one hand I understand and appreciate the holiday celebrating unions and the working life, I of course realize that communism (as practiced) has been a horrible bane upon the twentieth century. Deep down, I detest all holidays and monuments that fetishize and idea or person or event as something to be worshipped, without reference to the ideals they really stood for. A typical cycle of someone or something that stood fast against oppression – eventually becoming a symbol of oppression itself. And the conservatives who hate May Day of course understand this.
Except instead of ignoring this idol, they’ve replaced it with their own. Yes, in America we have Loyalty Day.