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They Eyes Of History Smile Favorably Upon The Life Of Jim Larkin

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At the age of 35, Jim Larkin left behind a life of back-breaking labor to become a full-time trade unionist. It was his three decades of toiling for poverty-level wages – including years as a child laborer – that drove Larkin to dedicated his life to making changes for the underclass people of Ireland. Read more: Jim Larkin | Wikipedia and James Larkin | Ireland Calling

He was destined to become one of the most powerful union men in his country, and in many respects, all of Europe. At the time, the working poor were rising up in countries all over the world, most notably Russia, where the ideas of Karl Marx, Communism and Socialism brought on the Russian Revolution of 1917.

Over in Ireland, Jim Larkin fully embraced the concepts of Socialism. For him, it was just common sense. He had lived the incredible injustice of being mired in poverty while a few elite individuals of society enjoyed immense wealth, privilege and power. For Jim Larkin, striking for a better wage was more than about putting more money in his pocket – it was full-blown class warfare.

Although Jim Larkin had barely earned a grade-school education, he was a natural leader and organizer of men. He was also a gifted public speaker. With the passion of his words he could stir vast numbers of his fellow workers to rise up and demand something better for themselves.

Larkin’s life as a union organizer was not without controversy – in fact, he was often more reviled than admired by many, even among his fellow activists. He found plenty of trouble on his tumultuous journey toward achieving what he called “A fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work.”

After the famous Dublin Lockout of 1913 – a massive failed strike by thousands or workers against 300 companies – Larkin found it necessary to flee to the United States. In the United States, his ongoing union activism landed him in a federal prison as a “social anarchist.”

Today, however, the name and reputation of “Big Jim Larkin” is the stuff of Irish honor and legend, and he remains a hero in the judgement of Irish history.

Larkin and Lacey’s Freedom

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Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin come from humble backgrounds. Michael Lacey’s father was a simple construction worker. He was the type of man who encouraged his son to aim for the stars, but always keep reality in mind. In the late 60s, Lacey moved from Newark, NJ to Phoenix, Arizona to attend college.

He didn’t last long in school before dropping out. After launching a weekly campus newspaper, he met up with Jim Larkin. Jim Larkin’s lived in Arizona his entire life, and he dropped out to join Lacey’s newspaper. Shortly thereafter, their small newspaper became one of the most renowned investigative papers in Phoenix.

Along with that notoriety came a few enemies. Reporters aren’t liked by the people they’re reporting on; especially when those people are doing something illegal. For most of Arizona, the media is ultra-conservative, so it ignores abuse and persecution toward Latinos. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Angel.co

As avid supporters of the Latino community, Lacey and Larkin’s paper often clashed with “local heroes”. One of those so-called heroes was Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Most of the mainstream media wrote Arpaio off as a benign character. Phoenix New Times saw right through his good-sheriff act. New Times reported on all of the horrible things he did behind society’s back.

Arpaio named himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff”. The only problem with that self-proclaimed title was that he was only tough on Latinos; usually for no legal reason. New Times called him a patriarch of the anti-Mexican fear-mongering that took place in Phoenix at that time.

After several stories about his misdeeds hit the internet, Sheriff Arpaio decided to put an end to Lacey and Larkin’s newspaper. On October 18, 2007, he launched a full assault on their Constitutional rights. He had them unlawfully arrested and jailed. He then used grand jury subpoenas to force them to give up the personal information of their employees and readers.

Lacey and Larkin weren’t jailed for long. As soon as people found out they’d been arrested, national outcry demanded that they be freed. Upon their release, they wrote a detailed account of their interactions with the sheriff.

They also filed a lawsuit against Maricopa County. Not only did their paper reveal more details, during the trial, the courts discovered that he’d been using falsified grand jury subpoenas to violate people’s rights.

What Does Thor Halvorssen Think of The Election?

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Everybody has an opinion about the 2016 Presidential Election. Throughout most election cycles, people only become interested during the last month or so, when it is time to submit a vote. But this one has drawn a lot of national attention. People are very interested in the contenders, for better or for worse. Men such as Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders contribute something unique to the election that has never been seen in American history. Bernie Sanders is introducing the American people to the model of government known as socialism. In this video, Thor Halvorssen provided some insight into this issue.

Halvorssen is particularly qualified to provide insight. Unlike most people, he did not learn about socialism by opening a history book. Most people only know about socialism from the one-liners that Bernie Sanders shares with them or from some other second-hand source. But Halvorssen has directly seen the results of socialism, and he argued that it is something that this nation needs to avoid at all costs. Resulting in poverty and persecution, socialism is far inferior to capitalism. In fact, Halvorssen has seen his own family members become victimized by socialist governments. This issue is very close to home for him.

Too Much Power
The United States was founded on a system of checks and balances. It was developed to prevent any governmental entity from developing too much power. This would prevent any corruption. While there certainly may be corruption in Washington, that corruption cannot full wield the US government. One cannot use their political capital to overturn a Republican system. However, a socialistic model of government would be a welcoming environment for a corrupt individual.

The Rich Will Run Out of Money
Bernie Sanders has suggested that the government tax the rich. The problem is that when the rich run out of money, the government will need to start targeting families of a lower income.

More information for Thor Halvorssen:

https://about.me/thor.halvorssen

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thor-halvorssen/