downloadThe following article is translated from the journal Lutte des Classe (#136, May-June 2011), published by Lutte Ouvrière in France; see  The piece first appeared on this blog back in 2011; we’ve changed the title to 144th instead of 140th, but left it the same in the original text.

140 years ago, Paris Workers Create the first Concrete Form of Workers’ Power

“The petty-bourgeois Social Democrat has once more been filled with wholesome terror at the words, Dictatorship of the Proletariat. Well and good, gentlemen, do you want to know what this dictatorship looks like? Look at the Paris Commune. That was the Dictatorship of the Proletariat.” (Friedrich Engels)

“The direct antithesis to the Empire was the Commune”– so wrote Karl Marx in his 1871 pamphlet, The Civil War in France. In this text, Marx not only paid tribute to the Communards, who had “stormed heaven,” he…

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