On the third day of Marxmas, we give to you a podcast on the Paris Commune. The Paris commune was the first time in history that the workers seized power in their own hands. The commune has many vital lessons in how to win and keep power.
May 1968 was the greatest revolutionary general strike in history. This mighty movement took place at the height of the post-war economic upswing in capitalism. Then, as now, the bourgeois and their apologists were congratulating themselves that revolutions and class struggle were things of the past. Then came the French events of 1968, which seemed to drop like a thunderbolt from a clear blue sky. They took most of the Left completely by surprise, because, they had all written off the European working class as a revolutionary force.