Magazine article Canadian Dimension

Elect Eugene Debs in 2008

Magazine article Canadian Dimension

Elect Eugene Debs in 2008

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Eugene Debs has announced his sixth bid for U.S. president. Of course, he died in 1926. But an American actor is staging a mock campaign in his name (www.myspace.com/votedebs). Since Debs is dead, he can be anywhere. So, he will also run for the leadership of the NDP. Let the campaign begin!

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Debs' only book, Walls and Bars, recounts his experiences in the prison in which he served three years for failing to Support Our Troops in 1918:

My Prison Creed:

WHILE THERE IS A LOWER CLASS

I AM IN IT*

WHILE THERE IS A CRIMINAL ELEMENT

I AM OF IT**

WHILE THERE'S A SOUL IN PRISON

I AM NOT FREE***

* Socialists don't usually speak of "lower" classes, but of "working" classes. But Debs wants to emphasize that capitalism lowers millions, not just economically, but as beings of lesser worth. In his Statement to the Court in 1918: "Your honor, years ago . …

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