The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Make the Elysée Palace ... A Meeting Hall

Apr 24, 2017

On April 13, Nathalie Arthaud was on the T.V. show President Tomorrow, where the hosts asked what she would do with the Elysée Palace, the French equivalent of the White House, once elected president:

I can’t imagine taking power alone. If I take power, if my ideas take power, that would mean a social overturn. It would say that millions of women and men had decided to fight and to take their fate in their own hands.

In this context, the symbolic measure I would propose would be to turn the Elysée over to the population, that is to say, to transform the Elysée into meeting rooms. That is to say to give open access, without charge of course, and that would let people see the meetings and discussions of the people running the state....

It is more than a symbol. To hand the Elysée over to the population would also be to say that the new government would help the working population impose those measures I have raised before in this campaign.