by Jean Jaurès
Translated Monday 12 October 2015, by
Deputy Jaurès castigated “the deep and murderous responsibility of the big bosses” before the French Chamber of Deputies.
“To exercise violent action, the bosses don’t need uncoordinated gestures and tumultuous words! A few men get together behind closed doors in safety, in the intimacy of a meeting of a board of directors, and these few, without violence, without uncoordinated gestures, without shouts, like diplomats chatting around green baize-covered gaming tables, decide that the workers will not get a reasonable wage; they decide that the workers who continue the struggle will be dismissed, will be sacked, will be scapegoated, through the use of imperceptible marks that are known to the other bosses, by all the bosses. […] So it is that, whereas the worker’s act of violence is always visible, is always defined, is always easily punished, the deep and murderous responsibility of the big bosses, of the big capitalists, steals away and disappears into a sort of darkness.”
Jean Jaurès, speech before the Chamber of Deputies, sitting of June 19, 1906