Archive for June 2014

DebsSpeak: Two Classes & Class Conflict

June 28, 2014

“The class that produces nothing possesses labor’s fruits, and the opportunities and enjoyments these fruits afford, while the class that does the world’s real work has increasing economic uncertainty, and physical and intellectual misery as its portion.

“The fact that these two classes have not yet become fully conscious of their distinction from each other, the fact that the lines of division and interest may not yet be clearly drawn, does not change the fact of the class war conflict.”

(Socialist Party Presidential Platform, 1904. Eugene V. Debs and Benjamin Hanford, President and Vice President candidates, respectively.)

DebsSpeak: On Propertied Interests

June 6, 2014

“(Our American institutions) have been seized by the capitalist class as a means of rooting out the idea of freedom from among the people. Our state and national legislatures have become the mere agencies of great propertied interests.”

(Socialist Party Presidential Platform, 1904. Eugene V. Debs and Benjamin Hanford, President and Vice President candidates, respectively.)

 

DebsSpeak: Workingmen and Politics

June 4, 2014

“First, all workingmen and women owe it to themselves, their class and their country to take an active and intelligent interest in political affairs.”

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