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1912 Socialist Platform—Good Stuff


 In 1912 Socialist Presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs won 6.0% of the popular vote for President. In Texas, Debs won 8.3% of the vote.

Good for Texas!

According to Congressional Quarterly’s Guide to U.S Elections, Vol.2 , Socialists ran for Congress in 161 of the 435 districts. None won, (Though in later years a few would win), but many gathered at or above 20% of the vote.

Socialists in 1912 had a strong platform upon which to base a campaign.

Here are some of the highlights from the Socialist Party Convention that took place in Indianapolis—

Tax Reform—The adoption of a graduated income tax, the increase of the rates of the present corporation tax and the extension of inheritance taxes…… 

Minimum Wage—By establishing minimum wage scales. 

Direct Election of President—The Election of the President and Vice-President by direct vote of the people.

Social Insurance— ….a general system of insurance by the State of all its members against unemployment and invalidism and a system of compulsory insurance of their workers, without cost to the latter, against industrial diseases, accidents and death.

Also in the platform was woman’s suffrage, public ownership of utilities and a shortened work day.

Much of this came to pass. Other aspects of this platform may still someday be enacted.

In any case, much of it was good stuff nearly 100 years ago and it is still good stuff today.

September 19, 2007 - Posted by | Books, Political History, Politics

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