In a 1911 article, legendary socialist Eugene Debs excoriated the US Constitution as an “autocratic and reactionary document” written by aristocrats and “in every sense a denial of democracy.” To mark Presidents’ Day, we reprint the fiery essay here in full.
Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926) was a union leader and socialist.
In December 1914, socialist leader Eugene V. Debs sent a Christmas letter to a man in a Michigan prison. We reprint the message here in full.
Eugene V. Debs died on this day in 1926. Debs idolized John Brown, who he eulogized in a 1907 article as “the most self-sacrificing soul in American history.” We reprint the brief but rapturous article here in full.
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.
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.