[Marxism] Day of the People: Gracchus Babeuf and the Communist Idea

Alan Bradley alanb1000 at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 21 17:45:53 MST 2013

From: Daniel Koechlin 
> Babeuf was only one among the many Utopian Communists of the 17th to 19th centuries. In England,
> Winstanley was in many regards even more forward-looking than Babeuf.
> All those figures had many things in common, including a hatred of the existing social order and a sense
> that the dispossesed never had a voice of their own.

The significance of Babeuf, as a leader of the radical wing of the French revolution, is that he stands at the beginning of what evolved into the socialist movement of today. There were other strands, obviously, but it was that current that most directly broke with bourgeois revolutionism and began the struggle for proletarian revolution. Not without a great degree of confusion, of course.

For all his virtues, there's little continuity from Winstanley and his contemporaries.

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