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    I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half.

    Frequently attributed, often in the context of strikebreaking activities during the Great Southwest Railroad Strike of 1886. See for example Philip Sheldon Foner, History of the Labor Movement in the United States, Volume 2‎ - Page 50 (1975). A contemporary source has not been identified. Varying forms of the quotation circulated in the labor press as early as 1893, with or without the attribution to Gould.
    As Gould actually said,
    I never notice what is said about me. I am credited with things I have never done, and abused for them. It would be idle to attempt to contradict newspaper talk and street rumors.
    And, of course, plenty that he really did do.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 03:15:56 PM PDT

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