The city was transformed into an autonomously organized society, a commune that experimented with alternative ways of structuring social and political life based on collaboration and cooperation
An example of the dictatorship of the proletariat.
Didn't last long (72 days) - it was crushed by the state.
Marx’s observation in the context of his analysis of the lessons of the Paris Commune, that 'the working class cannot simply lay hold of the ready-made state machinery, and wield it for its own purposes' - is hard to miss.
when the armed people of the French capital raised barricades not only to defend the city council of Paris and its administrative substructures but also to create a nationwide confederation of cities and towns to replace the republican nation-state.
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