Marxist IQ: May Day history (answers)

Marxist IQ: May Day history (answers)


1. The first May Day was called for at an 1889 international conference in Paris by

workers’ organizations and early Marxist-oriented socialist parties calling for an international day of demonstrations for an eight-hour work day and other workers’ rights.


2. May 1 was chosen by the conference to honor which of the following?


d. The May 1, 1886, U.S. demonstrations for the eight-hour day, led by the Knights of Labor and labor radicals, which resulted in the May 4 Chicago Haymarket police riot and trials (Read the trial testimony of Albert Parsons, one of the Haymarket martyrs accused of murder and executed by the state.)


3. The May 1st demonstrations spread and grew after 1890, becoming part of a new International of Marxist socialist parties, which called for


b. the building of socialist parties to advance political democracy allied to trade unions to build economic democracy.


4. As May Day, also called International Workers Day, developed as an official holiday in socialist countries and an unofficial one in most of the world, it was seen as a day for workers to:


c. hold marches and meetings which focused on the most pressing issues facing the working-class movement and what could be done about them.


5. The most important issues that U.S. workers can and must address in this year’s May Day marches and demonstrations are which of the following:


a. A cease fire and peace program to end the Ukraine war and the NATO expansion policies which helped bring it about
b. A national planning and price control policy to end profiteering and prevent inflation from sharply reducing working people’s real wages
c. United action to defeat the Republican party in the 2022 off-year elections
d. Legislation to end the vigilante violence and voter suppression campaigns which the Trump Republican Right has advanced since 2017
e. All of the above



Your score:


0 wrong: Theoretician. Write an article! Teach a class!
1 wrong: Developed Marxist. Form a study group, join the party.
2 to 3 wrong: Class-conscious worker—study harder.
4 to 5 wrong: Danger! deviations possible. study and then study some more lest you drift into the marsh of opportunism!