A Political Bond of Association
This chapter focuses on the human bond of the Communards. It begins by reviewing the sequence of events leading to the establishment of “Paris libre 1871.”. This review is necessary because the existing human bond did not emerge unscathed from a political conjuncture so exceedingly taxing for Parisians. Against this background, the political action that founded the Commune created a human bond governed by the principle of “association.” The term “association” is used here to refer to a principle of collaboration based on equality and rejecting all forms of hierarchy. The Commune represented the end product of the work accomplished over a long period of time by the social and revolutionary movement, which sought as of 1830 to establish a modern collective existence underpinned by the principle of association. The specificity of this bond stemmed from the acceptance of division and conflict within the newly established public space.
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