DebsSpeak: Two Classes & Class Conflict

“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.)

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