Archive for May 2014

DebsSpeak: Class Struggle and The Capitalist System

May 16, 2014

Eugene V. Debs speaks about the need of workingmen and women to understand that their political and economic  interests and needs are not truly represented by the two major American political parties.

“The very moment a workingman begins to do his own thinking he understands the paramount issue, parts company with the capitalist politician and falls in line with his own class on the political battlefield.”

“The struggle for political supremacy is not between political parties merely, as appears upon the surface, but at bottom it is a life and death struggle between two hostile economic classes, the one the capitalist, and the other the working class.”

“The Republican and Democratic parties, or, to be more exact, the Republican-Democratic party, represent the capitalist class in the class struggle. They are the political wings of the capitalist system and such differences as arise between them relate to spoils and not to principles.”

(Eugene V. Debs, “The Socialist Party and the Working Class”, September 1, 1904)