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UPTON SINCLAIR

Mourning the loss of the election, and with a bold socialist tone, Sinclair said:

We are going to make our government work. We are not going to be afraid of it, because we know that if it is ours, it is ourselves, acting in a collective capacity to carry out our collective will in our collective interest. Our only enemy is organized greed, which steals our government away from us; if we slay that monster, we have nothing to fear from government (I, Candidate 239).

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Upton Sinclair may have lost the race for governor of California in 1934, but in an ideal world his EPIC Plan could have solved the joblessness and poverty not only in California, but throughout the nation. Sinclair proved a formidable voice for the disaffected and if it were not for wealthy capitalists, he may have won the race for Governor of California in 1934. However, utopian societies have come and gone in the US, despite Sinclair's proclamation that we "slay the monster" that is "organized greed," it is that very greed that sits at the foundation of capitalism, and it was capitalism funded by a worldwide war that ultimately led us out of the Great Depression.


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