QotD: “Let your strong hands crush the loathsome forces of reaction!”

Workers, make no mistake-this is all-out war, a war between parasites and workers, exploiters and producers. If you are tired of vegetating in ignorance and poverty; if you want your children to grow up to enjoy the fruits of their labor rather than be some sort of animal reared for the factory or the battlefield, increasing some exploiter’s fortune by the sweat of their brow or shedding their blood for a tyrant; if you no longer want your daughters, whom you cannot raise and care for as you wish, to be instruments of pleasure for the aristocracy of money; if you no longer want poverty and debauchery to drive men into the police force and women into prostitution; finally if you want justice to reign, workers use your intelligence, arise! Let your strong hands crush the loathsome forces of reaction!

Paris Communards, “Declaration by the Central Committee of the National Guard” 1871.

(Found at Woman on the Edge of Tyne)

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