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Norman Thomas
1884 - 1968

Six times an unsuccessful Socialist Party candidate for president of the United States between 1928 and 1948. Thomas helped found what became the American Civil Liberties Union.


Dissent ... is a right essential to any concept of the dignity and freedom of the individual; it is essential to the search for truth in a world wherein no authority is infallible.

The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of 'liberalism', they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.

1936 - from an interview during the presidential campaign