I loved the Industrial Revolution segment of the 2012 Olympics opening
show. I especially loved the moment when the big booming voice came over
the loudspeakers announcing — "Workers! You have nothing to lose but
your chains!"

Okay that last thing didn't happen. :p

Still though, I got to thinking that without the sweat and certainly far
underpaid toil of all those 19th century workers that I wouldn't be
sitting here typing on a computer or talking on a cell phone. Even
though the Olympic show seemed to suggest chaos, history is an
ever-present flow of vectors. We today stand on the shoulders of all
those who labored and created before us. By ensuring that our people
today can make a decent living and be assured such basics as health
care and a good education, we do our part to help future generations
achieve a good life.