Eugene V. Debs

Eye to Eye

Written: Unknown
First Published: Unknown, Appeal to Reason
Source: DEBS: His Life Writings and Speeches 1908 by The Appeal to Reason newspaper, Girard, Kansas. Page 296
Online Version: E.V. Debs Internet Archive, 2008
Transcribed/HTML Markup: David Walters, August, 2008
Public Domain: The E. V. Debs Internet Archive follows the advice of the original copyright (now expired and in the public domain) published in the title page of the 1908 edition: “Copyright by The Appeal to Reason: “NOTE—Copyright protection is taken upon this volume for the sole purpose of protecting the work of Comrade Debs from prejudiced misues by pirate Capitalist publishers, and will not be invoked against Socialist and Labor Publications and Comrade publishers, they giving us notice.—Appeal to Reason

President Mitchell, of the United Mine Workers, is reported as saying that if only the capitalist and workingman will took straight into each other’s eyes and speak the truth, there will be no more strikes. The trouble is that, inasmuch as the capi-talist is on the back of the workingman, they can’t look into each other’s eyes unless the capitalist dismounts or the work-ingman twists his spine, and he is already suffering from curvature of that sorely—strained member of his saddled, bridled, whipped and spurred organism.

The capitalist can hardly be expected to rein up and get down purely to see the color of the optics of his “mount.”