The joyfulness of revolution

Two great moments on the sheer joy of revolution. First Lefebvre:

Between the moment of faith and that of joy there would be a place for the revolution …. Marxism … was a means to pass from the reign of faith to that of joy, or if one wishes, from the reign of faith to the reign of Spirit.

And then August Bebel on Engels’s weekend parties, which provided a small taste of what communism might look like:

On Sundays, Engels would throw open his house … On those puritanical days when no merry men can bear life in London, Engels’s house was open to all … We kept it up till half past three in the morning and drank, besides claret, sixteen bottles of champagne.


Definitions of communism

The first task that confronts us here is to clean up Moscow, to put an end to the filth and state of neglect into which it has sunk.

Only when we have solved the problem of grain shall we have a socialist foundation.

Either the lice will defeat socialism, or socialism will defeat the lice!

Coal is the bread of socialist industry.

Electrification based on the Soviet system will mean the complete success of the foundations of communism in our country.

The age of steam is the age of the bourgeoisie, the age of electricity is the age of socialism.

Lenin, Collected Works, vol. 30, pp. 184, 224, 334, 368, 414.