Monday, December 24, 2007

A topical paragraph for today from "The Class Struggles in France"

By Marx. One of his lesser known works about the Revolution of 1848 and after in France:

"The July monarchy was nothing other than a joint-stock company for the exploitation of France's national wealth, the dividends of which were divided among ministers, Chambers, 240,000 voters, and their adherents. Louis Philippe was the director of this company---Robert Macaire [note by David McLellan "A stage character noted for swindling"] on the throne. Trade, industry, agriculture, shipping, the interests of the industrial bourgeoisie, were bound to be continually endangered and prejudiced under this system. Cheap government, gouvernement a bon marche, was what it had inscribed in the July days on its banner."

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