[Marxism] Wendell Phillips on the Paris Commune
lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Nov 6 08:33:14 MST 2006
While looking for incriminating evidence of bias on the Paris Commune in
the NY Times archives for the year 1871, I came across the occasional
exception to the rule, including statements from Karl Marx's First
International. The one that really floored me, however, was by Wendell
Phillips the erstwhile abolitionist. It starts:
"Today every letter-writer [ie., correspondent] from Europe caters to the
worst prejudice by lying about the Commune. Who are the letter writers?
Nine out of ten of them instinctively know what will please their
employers. They are sure to find what they were sent to seek."
In other words, the bourgeois media was doing the same thing in 1871 that
it does today. Oh well. Plus ça change, plus cest la même chose.
You can read Phillips's article here:
http://www.marxmail.org/wendell_phillips.pdf. Just make sure to scroll down
to read the beginning of the article, which begins beneath the continuation
for some odd reason.
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