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Auguste Blanqui, heretical communist

Dossier: Blanqui's Eternal Gap
by and / RP 185 (May/Jun 2014) / Article, Blanqui's Eternal Gap, Dossier

Within the history of French socialism there is an invisible, heretical, marginalized and suppressed current. It constitutes an orientation obscured by the dominant tendencies on the left from the end of the nineteenth century until today – tendencies represented by the rival and complementary pairings of Jaurès and Guesde, Blum and Cachin, Mollet and Thorez, …


Blanqui’s bifurcations

Dossier: Blanqui's Eternal Gap
by / RP 185 (May/Jun 2014) / Article, Blanqui's Eternal Gap, Dossier

Auguste Blanqui’s Eternity by the Stars (1872) is perhaps the only text, across the scattered fragments of his œuvre, that poses a genuine problem of interpretation. [1] How could this ultra-voluntarist revolutionary come to embrace a vision of the cosmos based on endless repetition and the eternal recycling of monotonous variation? …


The radical gap

A preface to Auguste Blanqui, Eternity by the Stars Dossier: Blanqui's Eternal Gap
by / RP 185 (May/Jun 2014) / Article, Blanqui's Eternal Gap, Dossier

I leaf through the programme and learn that the very stars themselves – which, I am firmly convinced, should be but rarely disturbed, and even then only for high reasons of meditative gravity … – the very stars are present! [1]

Mallarmé penned these ironic lines about a ballet performance …