Archive for October 2014

Eugene V. Debs: Death Of A Working Class Hero

October 20, 2014

Eugene V. Debs passed away on this day, October 20, in 1926.

Debs was a working man who advocated and fought for the rights of working men, women, children, and their families.

He began his career as a teenager when he went to work as a painter in a railroad yard. He eventually became involved in labor union activity and organization. He founded the American Railway Union and was a co-founder of the Industrial Workers of the World. He also co-founded the Socialist Party of America and was a five-time candidate for the Presidency of the United States.

Debs headstone

Eugene Victor Debs, November 5, 1865 – October 20, 1926

 

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DebsSpeak: Living Or Working?

October 12, 2014

“We have been so busy seeking to make a living that we have not been able to make a life.”

(Eugene V. Debs, “Socialist Ideals”, The Arena, November 1908}

DebsSpeak: Class Consciousness

October 12, 2014

‘The most important thing for the workingman to recognize is the class struggle. … Class-consciousness points out the necessity for working-class action, economic and political.”

Eugene V. Debs, “Unity and Victory” speech, August 12, 1908)

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Class Fence

“Class consciousness is knowing which side of the fence you’re on.

“Class analysis is figuring out who is there with you.”