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Historic Speech by Ernest Lundeen of the MN Farmer-Labor Party (1940) PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 December 2010 21:00
The idea of a Mass Labor Party is not new. The state of Minnesota had the longest-lived and most successful experience of such a party in the country. Founded in 1918, the MN Farmer Labor Party became the leading party in Minnesota in the 1920s and 1930s, leaving the Democrats and Republicans to fight over 3rd place. Ernest Lundeen, elected as a U.S. Senator on the FLP ticket for the state of Minnesota in 1936, gave an overview of the history of the party in a speech before Congress in August, 1940, just weeks before he died in a plane crash. In his surprisingly fresh and still relevant speech, he explained the economic and social conditions that gave rise to the FLP -- conditions that are in many ways strikingly similar to what we are living through today. Eventually, the FLP was co-opted by the Democrats, and to this day, the interests of Minnesota Labor remain subordinated to that bosses’ party, leaving MN workers with no mass political expression of our own. Click here to read this historic speech (PDF).