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



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)


Class Fence

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

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