Req quote: Soldiers as workers in uniform

Jørn Andersen jorn.andersen at
Sat Dec 29 09:55:24 MST 2001


A friend of mine wants to know the origin of the saying that "soldiers are 
workers in uniform".
Could any of you help?

My own guess is that it will be hard to attribute this quote to anyone 
particular as the "original" author, but that it was more or less a common 
understanding in much of the international working class movement before 
World War I. - But that's only a guess, so if anyone could correct me, I 
would be happy to know.


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