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Socialist Reconstruction of Society PDF Print E-mail

(It should be noted that the WIIU has no affiliation with the Socialist Labor Party)

By: Daniel De Leon

An address delivered in
Union Temple, Minneapolis, Minn.,
July 10, 1905
Originally titled The Preamble of the IWW


Workingmen and Workingwomen of Minneapolis:

Our chairman did not overstate the case when he said that the Industrialists’ convention, which closed its sessions day before yesterday in Chicago after two weeks of arduous labors, marks an epoch in the annals of the labor movement of America. I may add, although his words imply as much, that the Chicago convention marks also a turning point in the history of the land.

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The Burning Question of Trades Unionism PDF Print E-mail

(It should be noted that the WIIU has no affiliation with the Socialist Labor Party)

By: Daniel De Leon

An address delivered at
the New Auditorium Hall, Newark, N.J.,
April 21, 1904

Workingmen and Workingwomen of Newark:

That the Trades Union Question is a burning one is obvious from the space it fills in the public mind, the acrimony of the discussion and the wide divergence of opinion on the subject.

Obvious also is the conclusion that a subject that can draw upon itself so much attention, that can produce so much acrimony, and on which opinion takes so many shades”running from extreme and unqualified support through all manner of gradations across the gamut, to extreme and unqualified opposition”cannot choose but be a vital one, and certainly must have a latent something about it that will not down.

 

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What Means This Strike? PDF Print E-mail

(It should be noted that the WIIU has no affiliation with the Socialist Labor Party)

By: Daniel De Leon

An address delivered at
the City Hall, New Bedford, Mass.,
February 11, 1898

Workingmen and workingwomen of New Bedford:

Ye striking textile workers; and all of you others, who, though not now on strike, have been on strike before this, and will be on strike some other time:

It has been the habit in this country and in England that, when a strike is on, “stars” in the labor movement are invited to appear on the scene, and entertain the strikers; entertain them and keep them in good spirits with rosy promises and prophesies, funny anecdotes, bombastic recitations in prose and poetry; stuff them full of rhetoric and wind—very much in the style that some generals do, who, by means of bad whiskey, seek to keep up the courage of the soldiers whom they are otherwise unable to beguile.

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Reform or Revolution PDF Print E-mail

By: Daniel De Leon

An address delivered at
Wells’ Memorial Hall, Boston, Mass.,
January 26, 1896

M r. Chairman and Workingmen of Boston:

I have got into the habit of putting two and two together, and drawing my conclusions. When I was invited to come to Boston, the invitation reached me at about the same time as an official information that a reorganization of the party was contemplated in the city of Boston. I put the two together and I drew the conclusion that part of the purpose of the invitation was for me to come here to tell you upon what lines we in New York organized, and upon what lines we “wicked” Socialists of New York and Brooklyn gave the capitalist class last November the 16,000-vote black eye.

 

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