July 8– Ernst Bloch
Marxist philosopher of the utopian spirit of revolt.
JULY 8, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*London, England: Vintners’ Procession. Porters in top hats sweep the path before the gold and black liveried beadle, the stavesman, Swan-Warden, Bargemaster, etc., all carrying nosegays. Has gone on for over 700 years.
* Rhineland, Germany: Lindenfest. New Wine Festival held under ancient linden tree.
ALSO ON JULY 8 IN HISTORY…
1822 — British romantic poet and rebel Percy Shelley dies.
1875 — Marxist utopianist Ernst Bloch born, Ludwigshafen, Rhineland-Palatinate.
1958 — U.S. / U.K. nuclear cooperation treaty signed.
Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective