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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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„And now for all of us to do our duty!“

— Eugene V. Debs
Context: And now for all of us to do our duty! The clarion call is ringing in our ears and we cannot falter without being convicted of treason to ourselves and to our great cause. Do not worry over the charge of treason to your masters, but be concerned about the treason that involves yourselves. Be true to yourself and you cannot be a traitor to any good cause on earth. Yes, in good time we are going to sweep into power in this nation and throughout the world. We are going to destroy all enslaving and degrading capitalist institutions and re-create them as free and humanizing institutions. The world is daily changing before our eyes. The sun of capitalism is setting; the sun of socialism is rising. It is our duty to build the new nation and the free republic.

„Competition was natural enough at one time, but do you think you are competing today?“

— Eugene V. Debs
Context: Competition was natural enough at one time, but do you think you are competing today? Many of you think you are. Against whom? Against Rockefeller? About as I would if I had a wheelbarrow and competed with the Santa Fe from here to Kansas City.

„The Republican and Democratic parties are alike capitalist parties — differing only in being committed to different sets of capitalist interests“

— Eugene V. Debs
Context: The Republican and Democratic parties are alike capitalist parties — differing only in being committed to different sets of capitalist interests — they have the same principles under varying colors, are equally corrupt and are one in their subservience to capital and their hostility to labor.

„Yes, I am my brother's keeper. I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin sentimentality, but by the higher duty I owe to myself.“

— Eugene V. Debs
Context: Now my friends, I am opposed to the system of society in which we live today, not because I lack the natural equipment to do for myself, but because I am not satisfied to make myself comfortable knowing that there are thousands of my fellow men who suffer for the barest necessities of life. We were taught under the old ethic that man's business on this earth was to look out for himself. That was the ethic of the jungle; the ethic of the wild beast. Take care of yourself, no matter what may become of your fellow man. Thousands of years ago the question was asked: "Am I my brother's keeper?" That question has never yet been answered in a way that is satisfactory to civilized society. Yes, I am my brother's keeper. I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin sentimentality, but by the higher duty I owe to myself. What would you think of me if I were capable of seating myself at a table and gorging myself with food and saw about me the children of my fellow beings starving to death?

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„You need at this time especially to know that you are fit for something better than slavery and cannon fodder.“

— Eugene V. Debs
Context: You need at this time especially to know that you are fit for something better than slavery and cannon fodder. You need to know that you were not created to work and produce and impoverish yourself to enrich an idle exploiter. You need to know that you have a mind to improve, a soul to develop, and a manhood to sustain.

„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.

„Intellectual darkness is essential to industrial slavery.“

— Eugene V. Debs
Context: Ignorance alone stands in the way of socialist success. The capitalist parties understand this and use their resources to prevent the workers from seeing the light. Intellectual darkness is essential to industrial slavery.

„Ignorance alone stands in the way of socialist success.“

— Eugene V. Debs
Context: Ignorance alone stands in the way of socialist success. The capitalist parties understand this and use their resources to prevent the workers from seeing the light. Intellectual darkness is essential to industrial slavery.

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