One hundred and fifty years ago today the French working-class proved to the world that French workers were more than capable of running cities (in this case Paris) without capitalists or state bureaucrats. What was also vital to understand is that most of these people were just workers, not anarchists or socialists. The article rightly points out that winning over the National Guard was a key in starting the insurrection. In 10 weeks they turned 43 workplaces into worker-cooperatives. This article is also critical of the communards in terms of what they could have done but didn’t.
Read in libcom.org