Archive for August 2014

DebsSpeak: Labor Day Greeting

August 31, 2014

“Eugene V. Debs” sends you Labor Day greetings …

“If there is a man on earth who is entitled to all the comforts and luxuries of life in abundance it is the man whose labor produces them.”

“It is when you have done your work honestly, when you have contributed your share to the common fund, that you begin to live.”

(Eugene V. Debs, “The Issue”, 1908)


DebsSpeak: Workers Unite

August 18, 2014

” … on the political field they (“the capitalists”) have the Republican party and the Democratic party, the former for large capitalists and the latter for small capitalists, but both of them for capitalists and both against the workers.”

“In the class struggle the workers must unite and fight together as one on both economic and political fields.”

(Eugene V. Debs, “Unionism and Socialism”, 1907)


DebsSpeak: Workingman To Workingman

August 10, 2014

“The working hand is what is needed for the capitalist’s tool, and so the human must be reduced to a hand.

No head, no heart, no soul – simply a hand ….

This is capitalism!

And this system is supported alternatively by the republican party and the democratic party.

These two capitalist parties relieve each other in support of the capitalist system, while the capitalist system relieves the working class of what they produce.”

“Heads and hands, hearts and souls, are the heritage of all.

Full opportunity for full development is the unalienable right of all.

He who denies it is a tyrant; he who does not demand it is a coward; he who is indifferent to it is a slave; he who does not desire it is dead.”

(Eugene V. Debs, “A Word With You, Mr. Workingman”, Appeal to Reason, July 23, 1904)

DebsSpeak: Be Class Conscious At The Ballot Box

August 1, 2014

“It is of vital importance to the trades-union that its members be class-conscious, that they understand the class struggle and their duty as union men on the political field, so that in every move that is made they will have the goal in view, and while taking advantage of every opportunity to secure concessions and enlarge their economic advantage, they will at the same time unite at the ballot box, not only to back up the economic struggle of the trades-union, but to finally wrest the government from capitalist control and establish the working class republic.”

(Eugene V. Debs, “Unionism and Socialism”, 1907)