Posted tagged ‘History’

Eugene V. Debs On Facebook

February 3, 2015

The “Eugene V. Debs” Facebook community page is dedicated to Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926), an American labor leader, union organizer, and five-time Presidential candidate on the Socialist Party ticket.

The Facebook page contains quotes from Debs’ speeches and articles, as well as information about his labor and political life and career.

So much of what Debs spoke and wrote about labor and political issues one hundred years ago has relevant application to labor and political issues today.

Please visit and like the “Eugene V. Debs” Facebook page.


DebsSpeak: What Labor Needs

April 3, 2014

Eugene V. Debs speaks about what the laboring class needs.

“Never was there a greater demand for intelligent, thorough, and progressive action on the part of the laboring class than now.”

(Eugene V. Debs, “We Must Gain Possession of the Tools of Trade”, June 16, 1902)

DebsSpeak: The System and the Tramp

March 14, 2014

Eugene V. Debs identifies with the economically destitute.

” … I am with the tramp, and against the system of society that made him a tramp.”

(Eugene V. Debs, “Competition vs. Cooperation”, September 29, 1900)

DebsSpeak: Concentration of Wealth

March 12, 2014

Eugene V. Debs speaks about the concentration of wealth.

“Centralization is paving the way to the new society that is evolving from the present competitive chaos. All capital, by the inexorable law of economic gravitation, will centralize in the hands of the few.”

(Eugene V. Debs, “Mission of the Socialist Party”, May 26, 1902)

DebsSpeak: Character Of Government

March 10, 2014

Eugene V. Debs speaks about who government represents.

“In the present organization of society, character of government is determined by the political party it represents, and the party is simply the political expression of the economic interests of the class it represents.”

(Eugene V. Debs, “Mission of the Socialist Party: Speech at Coliseum Hall Arena, Denver, Co – May 26, 1902”)

DebsSpeak: As A Rule, They Are All Capitalists

March 9, 2014

Eugene V. Debs says that the Republican and Democratic parties support their class interests.

“As a rule, large capitalists are Republicans and small capitalists are Democrats, but workingmen must remember that they are all capitalists, and that the many small ones, like the fewer large ones, are all politically supporting their class interests, and this is always and everywhere the capitalist class.”

(Eugene V. Debs, “Outlook for Socialism in the United States”, 1900)

DebsSpeak: Liberties

March 3, 2014

When Eugene V. Debs was released from a six month jail term in the Woodstock Jail for his role in the Great Pullman Strike, he delivered a speech in Chicago entitled, “Liberty.” In the speech he said …

” … in the imprisonment of one man in defiance of all constitutional guarantees, the liberties of all are invaded and placed in peril.”

(Eugene V. Debs, “Liberty” speech, November 22, 1895)