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The Paris Commune: Errico Malatesta

Writing of the Paris Commune in 1900, Errico Malatesta sought to disarm the myth of the Commune as a revolution – it was neither a socialist nor an anarchist revolution – and bring to the fore what in fact it … Continue reading

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The Paris Commune: Peter Kropotkin

The revolution of 1871 was above all a popular one. It was made by the people themselves, it sprang spontaneously from the midst of the mass, and it was among the great masses of the people that it found its … Continue reading

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The Paris Commune: Karl Marx

The work of Karl Marx on the Paris Commune of 1871 remains central for the understanding of the Commune as a “revolution”. We share below a text known as The Third Address of May 30th, 1871, part of a collection … Continue reading

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The Paris Commune: Mikhail Bakunin

I am a supporter of the Paris Commune, which for all the bloodletting it suffered at the hands of monarchical and clerical reaction, has nonetheless grown more enduring and more powerful in the hearts and minds of Europe’s proletariat. I … Continue reading

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The Paris Commune: Louise Michel

Anarchy is not a new idea; writers long before Saint-Just believed that a person who makes himself a leader commits a crime. Louise Michel It is not possible to read Louise Michel’s memoires without being swept away by the passion … Continue reading

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An apology for permanent insurrection

Anarchists, as Amedeo Bertolo so clearly expressed, act and think within the permanent tension between anarchy as ideal and as lived. The mistake is to believe that this tension can be surpassed, set aside, in a finally realised anarchy, or … Continue reading

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March 18, 1871: The Birth of the Paris Commune – A Narrative

Remembering the Paris Commune (from CrimethInc.), followed by an interview with Kristen Ross, author of Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune (Verso, 2015), with Roarmag‘s Jerome Roos … What idea does the Paris Commune represent? And why is this … Continue reading

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