The Paris Commune: 150th Anniversary Event
Join the Education Committee on Thursday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss selections from Karl Marx’s “The Civil War in France” to learn about and remember the Paris Commune. On March 18, 1871, the workers of Paris declared the Paris Commune, which Marx called “the glorious harbinger of a new society.” The Franco-Prussian war marked the end of the Second Napoleonic Empire in France. After the city of Paris had been encircled, bombarded, and starved by the Prussian army, working people expelled the new French government from Paris and created new democratic institutions of their own to discuss and decide on policies around work, education, the arts, and more. The Commune lived for two months until the French state massacred up to 20,000 communards in a single week. 150 years later, the Paris Commune remains an inspiration to socialists around the world and an important event for thinking about the transition to a just society. Register here for the reading and Zoom links.