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Eugene Debs

Data urodzenia: 5. Listopad 1855
Data zgonu: 20. Październik 1926

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Eugene Victor Debs – amerykański przywódca związkowy, socjalista, jeden z członków-założycieli Industrial Workers of the World , kandydat na prezydenta Stanów Zjednoczonych z ramienia Partii Socjaldemokratycznej w 1900, a następnie Socjalistycznej Partii Ameryki w 1904, 1908, 1912 i 1920.

Cytaty Eugene Debs

„Wysoki Sądzie, przed laty uznałem moje pokrewieństwo ze wszystkimi żyjącymi istotami i zdecydowałem, że nie jestem ani trochę lepszy niż najnikczemniejsze z ziemskich stworzeń. Dopóki istnieje klasa niższa, dopóty do niej należę. Dopóki istnieje element przestępczy, jestem jego częścią. Dopóki choć jedna dusza tkwi w więzieniu – nie jestem wolny.“

— Eugene Debs
mowa wygłoszona na procesie przed Sądem Najwyższym w 1919, kiedy Debs został uznany winnym naruszenia Ustawy o szpiegostwie, bowiem wśród jego słuchaczy byli młodzi ludzie w wieku poborowym, a więc jego przemówienie mogło „utrudniać rekrutację lub werbunek do armii”.

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„How stupid and shortsighted the ruling class really is! Cupidity is stone blind. It has no vision.“

— Eugene V. Debs
Context: How stupid and shortsighted the ruling class really is! Cupidity is stone blind. It has no vision. The greedy, profit-seeking exploiter cannot see beyond the end of his nose. He can see a chance for an "opening"; he is cunning enough to know what graft is and where it is, and how it can be secured, but vision he has none — not the slightest. He knows nothing of the great throbbing world that spreads out in all directions. He has no capacity for literature; no appreciation of art; no soul for beauty. That is the penalty the parasites pay for the violation of the laws of life.

„They themselves do not cultivate the soil. Nor do they allow others to cultivate it. They keep it idle to enrich themselves, to pocket the millions of dollars of unearned increment.“

— Eugene V. Debs
Context: They are continually talking about your patriotic duty. It is not their but your patriotic duty that they are concerned about. There is a decided difference. Their patriotic duty never takes them to the firing line or chucks them into the trenches. And now among other things they are urging you to "cultivate" war gardens, while at the same time a government war report just issued shows that practically 52 percent of the arable, tillable soil is held out of use by the landlords, speculators and profiteers. They themselves do not cultivate the soil. Nor do they allow others to cultivate it. They keep it idle to enrich themselves, to pocket the millions of dollars of unearned increment.

„The issue is Socialism versus Capitalism. I am for Socialism because I am for humanity. We have been cursed with the reign of gold long enough.“

— Eugene V. Debs
Context: The issue is Socialism versus Capitalism. I am for Socialism because I am for humanity. We have been cursed with the reign of gold long enough. Money constitutes no proper basis of civilization. The time has come to regenerate society — we are on the eve of universal change. Open letter to the American Railway Union, Chicago Railway Times (1 January 1897)

„Foolish and vain indeed is the workingman who makes the color of his skin the stepping-stone to his imaginary superiority.“

— Eugene V. Debs
Context: Foolish and vain indeed is the workingman who makes the color of his skin the stepping-stone to his imaginary superiority. The trouble is with his head, and if he can get that right he will find that what ails him is not superiority but inferiority, and that he, as well as the Negro he despises, is the victim of wage-slavery, which robs him of what he produces and keeps both him and the Negro tied down to the dead level of ignorance and degradation.

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„The man who seeks to arouse prejudice among workingmen is not their friend.“

— Eugene V. Debs
Context: The man who seeks to arouse prejudice among workingmen is not their friend. He who advises the white wage-worker to look down upon the black wage-worker is the enemy of both.

„Child labor must be abolished by the working class.“

— Eugene V. Debs
Context: The working class must be emancipated by the working class. Woman must be given her true place in society by the working class. Child labor must be abolished by the working class. Society must be reconstructed by the working class. The working class must be employed by the working class. The fruits of labor must be enjoyed by the working class. War, bloody war, must be ended by the working class.

„People are never quite so strange to each other as when they are forced into artificial, crowded and stifled relationship.“

— Eugene V. Debs
Context: People are never quite so strange to each other as when they are forced into artificial, crowded and stifled relationship. I would rather be friendless out on the American desert than to be friendless in New York or Chicago.

„They are the political wings of the capitalist system and such differences as arise between them relate to spoils and not to principles.“

— Eugene V. Debs
Context: The Republican and Democratic parties, or, to be more exact, the Republican-Democratic party, represent the capitalist class in the class struggle. They are the political wings of the capitalist system and such differences as arise between them relate to spoils and not to principles.

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