“Revolution is a drama perhaps more than a history, and its pathos is a condition as imperious as it authenticity”
—Auguste Blanqui, President of the Paris Commune
“Names sometimes express ideas, & ideas are everything.”
Albert Parsons, who fought and died for the 8-hour American work day
To cultivate the fields where, until now, only madness has reigned. Forge ahead with the whetted axe of reason, looking neither left nor right so as not to scumb to the horror that beckons from the deep in the primeval forest. Every ground must at some point must have been made arable by reason, must have been cleared of the undergrowth of delusion and myth. This is to be accomplished here.
“To build Socialism, it will be necessary to to establish new modes of production that abolish, concretely, the exploitative effects of the previous relations of production, together with all of their class effects. The construction of socialism can therefore not be settled with purely legal formulas: ownership of the means of production plus better technical organization of the labor process.”
-Louis Althusser, On the Reproduction of Captialism
“How can one be compelled to accept slavery? I simply refuse to do the master’s bidding. He may torture me, break my bones to atoms and even kill me. He will then have my dead body, not my obedience. Ultimately, therefore, it is I who am the victor and not he, for he has failed in getting me to do what he wanted done.”