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An American holiday officially recognized by Congress in 1894 in response to public outcry over the violent military ending of the Pullman Strike. Labor Day takes place on the first Monday of September.

The holiday is typically celebrated with picnics and parades commemorating those that fought for better working conditions. Corporations are often at odds with the message of the holiday, and thus, the real history is essentially blacked on on American media. As a result, most Americans do not know what the holiday is for, and associate it was leisure activities and picnics.

This is separate from May 1st, May Day, or International Workers Day, which was created in response to the Haymarket Affair in Chicago, 1886.
"I have the day off and would love to attend the Labor Day parade down-town, but the bus system is shut down on the holiday."

"Are you going anywhere interesting over the Labor Day weekend?"
by madric September 09, 2011

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A class of people in a society that exercise authority and control far in excess of their contributions to society.

Almost universally, this power is used acquire wealth that is greatly disproportionate to their own work. For example, today in the United States, the average CEO makes 400 times what the average entry level worker makes, though the work they contribute is minor at best. For comparison, this ratio was only 75-to-1 back in 1970, and the ratio of 1970's America is similar in both Japan and Canada today. There is no evidence that American CEOs are more productive or work any harder, hence the source of their greater incomes is derived from other means.

The means of the power by the ruling class is variable, but common techniques include aristocracy and nepotism, manipulation of religion, creating and then preying upon fear, direct violence, control of education, domination of the political system, domination of the judicial system, or domination of the legislative system.

Because the concentration of power is difficult to achieve, the ruling class almost always has a high degree of coordination and solidarity with one-another, insofar as their goals align in excluding the working class from power.
Today in America, the Presidential Debates are hosted by a private company, the Commission on Presidential Debates. It is a major tool used by the ruling class to assure that no matter which major party candidate you vote for, the ruling class remains in control.

If a person dares to question the aristocratic power of the ruling class, they are immediately called a socialist, a communist, un-American, or other terms.

The ruling class depends entirely on the working class to produce everything they own and consume.
by madric January 31, 2012

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A phrase used to indicate ambiguous and eternal duration, usually for a problem. Equivalent to "since the beginning", "always", or "at the get-go". It is a somewhat comedic reference to the continual state of war that the USA has been in for as long as anyone has been alive.
Sam: Fred, how long have you had all these strange food allergies?
Fred: Since the war. I don't ever recall being able to eat peanuts.
by madric November 09, 2011

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Publically declaring a foreign government to be an enemy that stands in the way of "freedom", committing war upon said country, and then extracting both the natural wealth and markets for a small minority of investors in both the invaded and invading country.
Iraq was going to allow oil to be exchanged in currencies other than the dollar, so they were given the freedom treatment.

The freedom treatment doesn't work when people actually fight back, so it's important to demonize them in the global community and the UN as much as possible.
by madric February 03, 2012

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An extremely backwards thinking or primitive person, especially when it comes to superstition, tribalism, or epistemology.
I tried to explain to this homoeopathic neophyte that the dilution of his medicine left it so that no substance other than water was left. That's when the shaved apes came down from the trees shouting their heads off and flinging their filth at my sacrilege.
by madric November 03, 2011

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