Bernie Sanders wishes he was a socialist. He may want to bring wall street in a bit but he doesn’t want the workers to own the means of production. He’s a solid Social Democrat at best, speaking of, I actually get hardcore Philipp Scheidemann vibes from him.
Pictures from the free Palestine rally in the city today. I got to wear my sexy keffiyeh and hang out with my comrade girlfriend. There was a counter protest but they sucked shit and left halfway through.
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"
— Eugine Debs
— Karl Marx
“On wage slavery” 1863
— Eugenie V. Debs “An Ideal Labor Press,” The Metal Worker (May 1904)
— Sidney Hillman
Member of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers 1919
— Phillip Dray
“I would be a traitor to those poor burned bodies if I were to come here and talk about good fellowship. We have tried you, citizens! We are trying you now and you have a couple of dollars for the sorrowing mothers and sisters by way of charity gift. But every time workers come out in the only way they know to protest against conditions which are unbearable, the strong hand of the law is allowed to press down heavily upon us…..I can’t talk fellowship to you who are gathered here. Too much blood has been spilt. I know from experience it is up to working people to save themselves”
At a memorial meeting after the horrific fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City 1911.
The fires start is unknown but the company managers had a policy of locking the doors to the stairwell from the outside to discourage workers talking unscheduled breaks. However when the fire began all the escape exits were locked leaving only a broken elevator.
The International Lady Garment Workers Union had been on strike the year before, two of their demands that weren’t met were for adequate fire escapes and open doors from the factories to the streets. As one survivor put it “but the bosses defeated us and we didn’t get the doors open, so now our friends are dead”
The fire killed 146 people, mostly young garment workers who’s average age was 19
— Eugene V. Debs
Open letter to the American Railway Union, Chicago Railway Times (1 January 1897)
"The time will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you strangle today!"
-August spies. Last words before being hanged. Framed for throwing dynamite at police in the Haymarket affair that established may 1st as international workers day.