[Marxism] Fwd: Adalen 31 | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Apr 15 10:54:38 MDT 2015


After a number of false starts, I was finally able to upload Bo 
Widerberg’s “Adalen 31” to Youtube, a film that I saw when it came out 
in 1969 and that has lingered in my memory all these years. The title is 
a reference to a general strike in the Adalen district by paper mill 
workers in 1931 that led to the first in a series of Social Democratic 
governments that for many people defined the word socialism. What I took 
away from the film, besides its stunning artistic power, was the idea 
that there was a dialectical relationship between revolutionary struggle 
and reform. If not for the four men and one young girl who were shot 
down in the village of Lunde on May 14, 1931, it is altogether possible 
that the modern Scandinavian welfare state never would have been born.

full: http://louisproyect.org/2015/04/15/adalen-31/



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