The Paris Commune: Worker Self-Management as a Memory and a Promise

Many radicals have fought with each other over whose legacy the Paris Commune was. Both Marx and the anarchists claimed it as their own. For ten weeks in 1871 the workers of Paris ran the city without a state government and without capitalists. This interview with the author, Kristen Ross, of her recent book, Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune (Verso, 2015), provides inspiration not only for what had been, but for what we need to do as capitalism collapses.

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