At the 1932 congress of the Industrial Workers of the World on the 21st of November in Chicago, Jack Reed took the floor of the congress in order to give a speech, that would change history.
Originally Posted by Constitution of the Industrial Workers of the World (1905)
Gentlemen, Ladies, Comrades of the Industrial Workers of the World! It is my honour to speak to you at the opening of this, the 27th Congress of the I.W.W.
When I was contacted by Mr. Mahler about this, I leapt at the opportunity. When the I.W.W. formed they brought into the world the idea of the One Big Union. The Bolsheviks of Russia tried to extend that to the running of a nation, and their experiment was brutally crushed. Their mistake was to attempt to rush Marx. For as Marx said, Democracy is the road to socialism.
We must not take the words of the great man as gospel truth however! After all, he said the English would never rise up, and he was wrong! But that isn't my message! I am here to speak to you, the workers of the I.W.W. You are the largest Union in these States of America and if you will forgive me a dream the nucleus about which we shall create a change! A change that will bring Syndicalism to America!
The 'One Big Union' needs to get bigger! I propose that the I.W.W. joins with those Union's who are willing, to form the Comibined Syndicates of America! Today will be a red letter day in the annals of history, comrades, for today an idea is born!
He was cheered to for almost half an hour.
-Upton Sinclair, The Birth of a Movement