More than 100 years before Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign for president, the first self-described socialist ran for the highest office in the land.
🔊From @throughlineNPR , the story of Eugene V. Debs and the roots of American socialism⤵️
18. He started a business making low-budget filmstrips about history to sell to schools. He made a 30-minute documentary on Eugene Debs, the five-time presidential candidate of the Socialist Party of America — whom Sanders has cited as a hero.
This is an exceptionally good article by about how - and, more importantly, why - an absolutist defense of free political speech was long a linchpin belief of the American left, going back to Eugene Debs
“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, in speech in Canton, Ohio (June 16, 1918)