The IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) have an important message for you at work this Monday:


Respect yourselves, protect yourselves

The hours are long,
the pay is small,
so take your time,
and buck them all.


Did your boss work for every penny of his paycheck, or is some of that coming from your labor? Remember that the next time you think about "working hard:" you aren't paid for all the work you do anyway; why give away more for free?

@emsenn just throwin it out there, 99.9% sure that "buck" is meant to be read with an initial 'f'

and that's beautiful

@alexis Nope!

It's an ooold poster and references the Wobbly slogan, "Buck the bosses off your back," the same way a horse might buck an unskilled rider.

Shake off your yoke, more than fuck the boss, in sentiment.


@alexis I guess that song says Dump but it's buck a bunch of places too.

@emsenn yeah, it uses "buck" in at least one spot I saw

i will say, not sure how catchy or effective an equine metaphor's going to prove in these days of horseless carriages

(although with the increasing convergence between the new left and furries, it might work super well, too)

@alexis hahaha!

I think about this some and I think going back to this language might be useful because our contemporary language has been so influenced by capitalistic business culture. And horses aren't all that distant from a lot of our work.

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