On the 150th Anniversary of the Paris Commune

May 8, 2021

From the May-June 2021 issue of News & Letters

The great social measure of the Commune was its own working existence….Working, thinking fighting, bleeding Paris – almost forgetful, in its incubation of a new society, of the Cannibals at its gates –radiant in the enthusiasm of its historic initiative!

– Karl Marx

Just as Historical Materialism did away with Hegelian idealism in theory, so mass activity, at its highest point of creativity—the Paris Commune—did away with statist fetishism by disclosing “the political form for achieving economic emancipation.”

– Raya Dunayevskaya

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