leader, one of the founding members of the International Labor Union and the Industrial Workers of the World
(IWW), and several times the candidate of the Socialist Party of America
for President of the United States
. Through his presidential candidacies, as well as his work with labor movements, Debs eventually became one of the best-known socialists
living in the United States.
In the early part of his political career, Debs was a member of the Democratic Party
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.
Of course, Socialism is violently denounced by the capitalist press and by all the brood of subsidized contributors to magazine literature, but this only confirms the view that the advance of Socialism is very properly recognized by the capitalist class as the one cloud upon the horizon which portends an end to the system in which they have waxed fat, insolent and despotic through the exploitation of their countless wage-working slaves.