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, International Socialist Review, 1900
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.
EUGENE V. DEBS, open letter to the American Railway Union, Chicago Railway Times, January 1, 1897
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.
EUGENE V. DEBS, Statement to the Court Upon Being Convicted of Violating the Sedition Act, September 18, 1918
In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the People.
EUGENE V. DEBS, speech in Canton, Ohio, June 16, 1918