“Your Honor, years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it, and while there is a criminal element I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free. Your Honor, I have stated in this court that I am opposed to the social system in which we live; that I believe in a fundamental change…I am opposing a social order in which it is possible for one man who does absolutely nothing that is useful to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, while millions of men and women who work all the days of their lives secure barely enough for a wretched existence. I can see the dawn of the better day for humanity. The people are awakening. In due time they will and must come to their own. Let the people everywhere take heart of hope, for the cross is bending, the midnight is passing, and joy cometh with the morning”
Eugene V Debs in 1918 upon being convicted of violating the sedition act.