A term coined by the artists' section of the Paris Commune.
It means a full mobilisation of the two watchwords of the Commune: decentralisation and participation. It means art and beauty deprivatised, fully integrated into everyday life, and not hidden away in private salons or centralised into obscene nationalistic monumentality.
At its most speculative reaches, ‘communal luxury’ implies a set of criteria or system of valuation other than the one supplied by the market for deciding what a society values, what it counts as precious. Nature is valued not as a stockpile of resources but as an end in itself.