Tag: II International

Cultural promotion and the Internationals

12 August, 2020 · History

March 1919 poster published by the Emergency Commission for the Elimination of Illiteracy of the RSFSR. Under the motto of the International ("Workers of the world, unite!"), the text quotes a famous verse by Pushkin: "Long live the light! Hide the darkness!

The commitment and effort put into cultural dissemination was thus very different from that of the associations and state institutions dedicated then and now to promoting the knowledge and consumption of cultural objects. It was above all of a moral nature. It expressed the immediate dimension of communism's perspective of abundance as the liberation of knowledge and the free development of human experience and sensibility.

“People’s Houses” and the Second International

23 June, 2020 · History

Few elements of working class history are still as present among workers today as the memory of the "Casas del Pueblo" (People's Houses) of the Second International in Spain. They were the largest experience of organization of militant groups of the time, but above all, they represented a massive effort of workers' training and discussion.

The socialist origins of co-living

25 May, 2020 · History

Rental housing cooperative (owned by the cooperative itself) in Munster, Germany Founded in 1904 by socialist workers.

The real slaughter that we witnessed in the nursing homes during the Covid pandemic has brought media attention to more or less cooperative “co-living” models, whose functioning has been shown to be much more reliable than the average nursing home. As always, they try to get us excited about the idea that “everything could be better” without having overcome the economic system. This is not true. Production in this society is guided by the placement of capital and the realization of profit. And nursing homes are excellent placements of capital. They are not going to become anything else. On the other hand, the “alternative” models that today are presented as novel, were not born precisely from capital and its state, but from the workers’ organizations of the end of the 19th century. It might be a good idea to recall their history now.

When did March 8 stop having class meaning?

8 March, 2020 · History

The original March 8 was neither "Women's Day" nor was it celebrated in March. What does today's celebration really commemorate and when did it cease to be what its creators intended it to be?