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Fri Mar 18, 2016, 06:53 PM

The Commune Lives

“Under the name ‘Commune of Paris’ a new idea was born, to become the starting point for future revolutions.”


Issue #1
Author: ROAR Collective

On March 18, 1871 the people of Paris rose up against their repressive and treacherous government, established a revolutionary commune and defiantly hoisted the red flag over the Hôtel de Ville. The event sent shockwaves throughout the continent: with armed citizens erecting barricades in working-class neighborhoods and government officials on the retreat to Versailles, the City of Light had suddenly fallen into the hands of its people.

Over the next two months, all signs of state power evaporated from the French capital as the proletarians of Paris took charge of their own destiny, forming neighborhood councils and producer associations, electing moderately paid delegates subject to immediate recall, and instituting basic reforms like free access to public education, the granting of citizenship to immigrants, and the reopening of workplaces under worker control.

The Commune was eventually defeated at the hands of the Versailles government, setting the stage for the bloody massacre of up to 30,000 Communards and unarmed citizens. But for all the force and vengeance the Versaillais could muster, the Commune did not die—the idea survived its “own working existence” and lived on, subterraneously, in the sacrifices of its martyrs, the aspirations of its survivors and the writings of its leading theoreticians ...

More here: https://roarmag.org/magazine/editorial-the-commune-lives/



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Response to TBF (Original post)

Fri Mar 18, 2016, 08:44 PM

1. Thanks for the great link and intro to ROAR mag.

Communal Underground, anyone?

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Response to StandingInLeftField (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 18, 2016, 09:14 PM

2. It didn't start w/Bernie -

and the resistance to capital will continue whether or not he becomes the nominee.

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Response to TBF (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 18, 2016, 09:24 PM

3. It certainly didn't.

I'm looking at my copies of Das Kapital and The Temper of Our Times as I write this. Each generation adds, subtracts and extracts. It's good to realize there is a continuum.

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Response to TBF (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 01:23 AM

4. I had no idea so many people died in that.

 

How tragic.

roarmag.org has redone there website since the last time I visited

Looks really good.

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