Paul Lafargue

Lafargue, Paul

French revolutionary Marxist (1842-1911). Autograph letter signed. Paris. 8vo. 2 pages on bifolium.
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Letter to the delegates of the Austrian Workers' Party, in which Lafargue praises the Austrian Socialist Movement, that due to the workers' mentality, managed to withstand the police actions against them, that would otherwise have led into anarchy. Lafargue compares the Austrian situation to the German one. There, Bismarck's strategy fighting the workers' movement through his laws of exception even enhanced it, and even managed to import socialism to the USA through his expulsions: "L'énergie, l'intelligence et l'esprit de discipline des ouvriers de votre pays vous ont permis de triompher des manoeuvres policières pour égarer le mouvement socialiste autrichien dans l'anarchie [...] il brûle d'imiter Bismarck, qui par ses lois d'exception, a contribué à constituer le plus puissant parti socialiste qui existe, et par ses expulsions a réussi à importer le socialisme aux Etats-Unis d'Amérique".

Lafarque mentions the French situation and the measures taken by the government such as imprisonment and gun fire. He especially notes, with a hint of irony, the 1st of May protests in Fourmies, where 9 persons were killed and many more legally prosecuted: "Nous sommes aussi en France l'objet de la sollicitude du gouvernement; il essaie d'entraver notre mouvement par des manoeuvres policières, des emprisonnements et des fusillades. Le gouvernement après avoir massacré les socialistes à Fourmies, et les avoir chargé et sabré dans toutes les villes le 1er mai dernier, continue son oeuvre par des poursuites judiciaires [...]". - On squared, headed paper of the French Workers' Party. Some stains. Traces of old folding..

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