Let’s not also forget that the small number of lifeboats was so the rich passengers had more room to stroll around on the decks.

The Titanic is such a shockingly apt metaphor.

I learned this song in school:

“They built the ship, Titanic / to sail the ocean’s blue / and they said it was a ship / that the water’d never come thru / it was on its maiden trip / when an iceburg hit the ship / it was sad when the great ship went down.

Verse: It was sad / oh it was sad / it was sad when the great ship went down / to the bottom of the… / husbands and wives, little kiddies lost their lives / it was sad when the great ship went down.

Well the ship set sail from England / and not very far from shore / the rich refused to associate with the poor / so they put them down below / where they’d be the first to go / it was sad when the great ship went down…”



This guy says it better than anyone:

“That’s the problem of leaving any kind of disaster preparedness up to the market and market forces — it will never work,” said Dr. John Hick, who has advised HHS on pandemic preparedness since 2002. “The market is not going to give priority to a relatively no-frills but dependable ventilator that’s not expensive.”

Full article here:


Bizarre Victorian fact of the day…


In the 19th century even the poorest members of society tried to have a set of smart clothes which they kept for ‘Sunday best’, usually to wear to church. Many of these lower classes lived in cramped, overcrowded conditions and had no safe place to store such special items. It was common practice for people in this situation to pawn their Sunday best clothes on Monday morning and then redeem the pledge to retrieve them on Saturday. This process would be repeated every week. Many pawnbrokers in London had storage space set aside purely for this purpose.



On this day, 10 October 1971 at 11 AM, the men of Bravo Company, 1/12, First Cavalry Division of the US Army by the Cambodian border declared a private unofficial ceasefire with the North Vietnamese. The move was following a mutiny shortly before where six men refused to go on a dangerous mission, and were now facing court martial. A petition was circulated in support of the mutineers and was signed by two thirds of the company. The petition was leaked to the French press via a journalist and the army dropped the court martials and shipped out Bravo Company to safety, replacing them with Delta Company. A few days later 20 men in Delta Company refused to head out, and the army pulled them out and the artillery company they were supporting, abandoning the position. This is a great account of this and another rebellion of troops during the Vietnam war: And episodes 10 and 11 of our podcast are about the GI resistance, find it here or your favourite podcast app by searching “working class history”:
Pictured: Bravo Company members signing the petition