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Today Roger Kimball managed to turn Labor Day into a call for white supremacy, lamenting the decline of “Anglo-Saxon virtues” like “the dignity of hard work.” But Labor Day was never about “the dignity of hard work.” It was created by labor union activists to recognize and celebrate “the social and economic achievements of American workers.” Those activists organized workers to end child labor, establish a minimum wage and the 40-hour work week, demand workplace safety, protect immigrants, get health insurance, unemployment insurance, and Social Security benefits for retirees and the disabled. Can “dignity” pay your family’s bills?
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