On July 4, 1901, socialist luminary and labor agitator Eugene V. Debs proclaimed in a fiery speech: "I like the Fourth of July. It breathes a spirit of revolution." We reprint the fiercely anticapitalist address here in full.
Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926) was a union leader and socialist.
Before being sent to prison for speaking out against World War I, Eugene Debs delivered a defiant speech to the court that decried the ills of capitalism, held out the democratic promise of socialism, and declared, “While there is a lower class, I am in it, and while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” We reprint it here in full.
Today in 1918, Eugene V. Debs delivered the speech that landed him in jail. We reprint it here in full.
How should we observe Veterans Day? By working to eradicate war and the economic system that helps produce it.