Monday, July 15, 2013

Bebel dreams of the Kladderadatsch

"For August Bebel, one of the Second International's main personalities, the Kladderadatsch, or great collapse of the system, was always round the next corner." -- Goeff Eley, Forging Democracy: The History of the Left in Europe, 1850-2000

The footnote to the above passage in Eley's book reads:

"Every night I go to sleep with the thought that the last hour of bourgeois society strikes soon." -- August Bebel to Friedrich Engels, 7 December 1885, cited by Lidtke, Outlawed Party, p. 233

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