Saturday, 30 May 2015

Marx on Commune de Paris

March 11 - May 28  1871

This month marks the anniversary of the World's first socialist working class uprising.On March 18 1877, the people of Paris rose up against a despised and detested government and proclaimed the city independent, belonging to itself. The workers of Paris, joined by mutinous National Guardsmen, seized the city and set about reorganising society in their own interests based on workers' councils. They could not hold out, however, when more troops retook the city and massacred 30,000 workers in bloody revenge.
It is said to be one of the first examples of  working people taking power.

It is an event that has become significant to revolutionary socialists, anarchists as well as Marxists.  But for many Anarchists,even the existance even a proletarian one was intolerable For Karl Marx however it was to act as a confirmation of his ideas. Here from a performance of  Marx in Soho by Howard Zinn, Marx describes the Paris Commune and shows how Socialism could really work.
There are many valuable lessons that we can learn today.

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