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Socialist Ideals

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Uploaded on Apr 25, 2009

Socialist presidential candidate Eugene V. Debbs ran for the presidency 5 times in the early 1900's. He twice received over 900,000 votes amounting to 6% of the population. In the end he was imprisoned for objecting to WWI. It is a Socialist ideal to oppose war. In the 1930's and 1940's Socialist presidential candidate Norman Thomas ran for the presidency 5 or 6 times and received large votes at the height of the Great Depression. At the time, a former Socialist named Francis Perkins was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Secretary of Labor. Perkins & Thomas successfully advocated the following Socialist ideals: 40 hour work week, Workers Compensation, Social Security, a Progressive Income Tax, Unemployment Insurance and a Minimum Wage. They also wanted Universal Health Care, but the AMA threatened to defeat Social Security if the Roosevelt administration pushed for health care.

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