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The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest. 1915.
|The Workingmans Program|
By Ferdinand Lassalle
(One of the founders of the German Socialist movement, 18251864. Lassalle was arrested and sentenced to prison for delivering the address from which the following paragraph is taken)
|WHOEVER invokes the idea of the working-class as the ruling principle of society, does not put forth a cry that divides and separates the classes of society. On the contrary, he utters a cry of reconciliation, a cry which embraces the whole of the community, a cry for the abolishing of all the contradictions in every circle of society; a cry of union, in which all should join who do not wish for privileges, for the oppression of the people by privileged classes; a cry of love, which having once gone up from the heart of the people, will forever remain the true cry of the people, and whose meaning will still make it a cry of love, even when it sounds as the peoples war cry.|| 1|