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February 17, 2003

Lincoln on Labor & Corporate Power

"All that serves labor serves the nation, all that harms is treason.If a man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor,he is a liar. If a man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool. There is no America without labor, and to fleece one is to rob the other." -- Abraham Lincoln

"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if Labor had not first existed. Labor is superior to capital, and deserves much the higher consideration."- Abraham Lincoln

"The strongest bond of human sympathy outside the family relation should be one uniting working people of all nations and tongues and kindreds."- Abraham Lincoln

"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. Corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed." -- Abraham Lincoln

"I thank God that we have a system of labor where there can be a strike."
--Abraham Lincoln

Posted by Nathan at February 17, 2003 08:10 AM

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