Against the Grain

Radical Rupture in Paris

In March 1871, socialists, anarchists, workers, and others took control of the second most populous city in Europe. Before it was brutally suppressed two months later, the Paris Commune constituted a worker-controlled, radically democratic alternative to the capitalist status quo. David B. Downing discusses the Commune’s beginnings, its accomplishments, and its legacy. (Encore presentation.)

Socialism and Democracy

David Downing, Just Theory: An Alternative History of the Western Tradition NCTE, 2019

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