M.I.A. Library: Louis B. Boudin

Louis B. Boudin

1874 — 1952


Portrait of Louis B. Boudin It would therefore be absurd for a labor party in this country to waste any energy on getting any labor legislation passed unless it at the same time took steps to prevent these laws being declared “unconstitutional.” It would have to start out by demanding the “curbing” of the Supreme Court, the abolition of its power to declare laws “unconstitutional.” And it would have to back up this demand by such a show of determination to use the entire resources of the working class and all the weapons and ammunition at its command in an endeavor to enforce this demand, as to carry the conviction to the entire capitalist class, including the Supreme Court, that it must “end” or “mend.”

In other words, in order to do something practical it would have to begin by being revolutionary. And there goes the dream of a “practical,” “safe and sane,” American Labor Party. . . .

From Prospects of a Labor Party in the U.S. (1910)


The Materialistic Conception of History and Practical Idealism, May 1901

The Theoretical System of Karl Marx, February 1907 📖

A Third and Important Factor, August 1909 ✉

The Class Struggle and the Mission of the Working Class, September 1909

Immigration at Stuttgart, November 1907

Letter of Acceptance [of nomination in the NY Supreme Court election], October 1909

Prospects of a Labor Party in the U.S., April 1910

Our Enemies and Their Ways, May 1910

Who is Who in the United States, May 1910

Roosevelt and Fossilized Judges: An Open Letter to Theodore Roosevelt, November 1910

A Serious Blunder, June 1911

Critique by W. J. Ghent, June 1911

Response by Louis B. Boudin, June 1911

Socialism and War, December 1914 📖

Magna Carta — 700 Years Later, July 1915

Revising State Constitutions, November 1915

Let Us Take Ourselves Seriously!, December 1915

Socialist Congressional Responsibility, January 1916

Sorel on Violence (review), April 1916

First Minority Report of the Committee on War and Militarism, April 1917

The Autocrat in the White House, May 1917

Die Neue Zeit — An Obituary, November 1917

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