The Meaning of May 1968

Authors

  • George Katsiaficas

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-030-01-1978-05_2

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Movements

Abstract

The men in power had their universities/ The students took them./ The men in power had their factories/ The workers took them./ The men in power had their radios/ The journalists took them./ The men in power only have their power now/ We shall take it. -Poster, Beaux-Arts, May 1968. Even though the first seven lines of this poster were true, the grand finale failed to materialize. Of course, a one- or two-month long revolution is not possible. But revolution should not be viewed simply as a mechanistic problem of seizing state power or as some other technical transformation of the structures of society. Rather, revolution is a process through which large numbers of people qualitatively transform the values, norms, and institutions of society—not simply overthrowing the old rulers and replacing them, but creating new kinds of social realities and human beings.

Published

1978-05-02

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Articles