“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Friday, March 28, 2014

On this day in history

The seeds of what would become World War I were sown 100 years ago today.....

A ragtag band of hipster, coffee-house, intellectuals in Sarajevo, who called themselves The Black Hand, hatched a vaudeville-like plan to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary. And despite a comedy of errors on the parts of both the assassins and the oblivious Archduke, they pulled it off. The resulting hostilities between Austria-Hungary and Serbia with Russia, dragged the European allies of each side into what would become WW-I.......a single bullet, that but for the utter incompetence of everybody involved, caused the deaths of 9 million.