Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Fair Exchange

The late great Howard Zinn, in his excellent book, A People's History of the United States, reports an exchange between an eighty-year-old Susan Anthony and a much younger Eugene V. Debs, conversing on the large number of women who participated in the Socialist movement. Zinn reports the exchange of quips1:

She said, laughing: "Give us suffrage, and we'll give you socialism." Debs replied, "Give us socialism and we'll give you suffrage."

I must note that this was before the days of Sarah Palin. Speaking of former Gov. Palin, I saw a book for sale, used, cheap, titled The Persecution of Sarah Palin. At $5.00, I might have bought it, had I not determined that it was not, after all, a how-to book.

1 Zinn, p. 343

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