Each week of LA COMMUNE 2021 is anchored around an episode of radio 1871, an audio series created for a seminar in History at Simon Fraser University in 2021 with subsequent release via this free school in mind.
In this closing episode, RP discusses Karl Marx’s 1871 pamphlet, The Civil War in France, with Dr. Mark Leier, a Professor in the Department of History at Simon Fraser University. In numerous books and other publications, Mark’s research and writing has explored Marxism, anarchism and labour, historically and in connection with more contemporary issues. He’s written on the IWW, labour bureaucracy, a labour spy, and the anarchist Michael Bakunin. Moving from Marx to Bakunin to what the Commune might offer us in 2021, the conversation ends with Mark’s LIVE performance of Al Grierson’s “A Candle for Durruti.” And it’s just so damn moving!