- He, and other labor leaders, would often set up a soapbox to agitate for better labor practices.
- Employment agencies would counter by trying to disperse the crowd, often resulting in violence. A clever, non-violent reaction was to hire the Salvation Army band to drown out these agitators. It is difficult compete with a brass band.
- Joe Hill, and others, cleverly wrote new lyrics to the melodies the Salvation Army would play. The crowd would quickly learn the lyrics from the leaders. This way, instead of drowning out the protesters' message, they were accompanying the impromptu 'choir.'
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Appropriating Your Adversary's Weapon
The Takeaway aired a story about Joe Hill to commemerate Labor Day, but one episode makes for some interesting game theory. Joe Hill was a labor leader and songwriter for IWW (the Wobblies) in the early 20th century.
Change the game to get your preferred outcome.