The Murder of Jean Joures – July 31, 1914

We need a million such men today to halt the tide.

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 Jean Joures

“What will the future be like, when the billions now thrown away in preparation for war are spent on useful things to increase the well-being of people, on the construction of decent houses for workers, on improving transportation, on reclaiming the land? The fever of imperialism has become a sickness. It is the disease of a badly run society which does not know how to use its energies at home.”

Oh to hear such words in the Presidential debates to come!  Written more than a century ago, we are no closer to them now than we were then.

Jean Jaures was the leader of the French Socialists, one the first true social democrats.

A brilliant orator and philosopher,  co-founder and Editor of the newspaper L’Humanite, leader of the French Section of the Worker’s International, he had spent decades supporting workers in their daily struggles.

Above all he was…

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