Anarchism, Marxism and the lessons of the Commune

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Iain McKay re-examines the Paris Commune and delivers a broadside against ideological claims made by authoritarians on the “left”.


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The Paris Commune of 1871 is a significant influence for all revolutionary socialists, anarchists – as well as Marxists. Using a *leninist* account of the Commune, Iain McKay (author of An Anarchist FAQ) shows why anarchists see the Commune as a striking confirmation (in both positive and negative senses) of our ideas, exploring its lessons as well as showing how anarchist ideas are distorted.  The anarchist influence on the Commune are reaffirmed along with the place of the Commune in anarchism, the anarchist critique of it and how implausible Leninist attempts to appropriate it for their tradition are.

Book details:
Publisher: Active Distribution
ISBN: 9781914567421
Format: Paperback – A6 – pocketbook
Pages: 146
Author: Iain McKay
Subject: History, French History, Socialism, Marxism, Anarchism

Weight 102 g