“I have no country to fight for, my country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world… I am not a capitalist soldier, I am a proletarian revolutionist.
I do not belong to the army of the plutocracy but to the irregular army of the people. I refuse to obey any command to fight from the ruling class, but I will not wait to be commanded to fight for the working class. I am opposed to every war but one. I am for that war heart and soul, and that is the world-wide war of the social revolution. In that war I am prepared to fight in any way the ruling class may make it necessary even to the barricades.”
Eugene V.Debs, September 11, 1915
Eugene V. Debs, a member of the Socialist Party of the United States, was arrested for opposing World War I and sentenced to 10 years in prison. While in prison, he received over a million votes for presi- dent in 1912