Friday, February 15, 2013
French Communists Dump Hammer and Sickle
The French Communist Party has dropped the hammer and sickle from its membership cards. Into the dustbin of history ... I always rather liked the hammer and sickle as symbols, because these tools, materially concrete manifestations of labor power, also symbolized a whole sociology and theory of history. But the sociology is increasingly remote from reality, the theory of history has proved wrong, and the very materiality of the symbolism has a certain archaic quality that suggests a party oriented toward a world gone by rather than toward les lendemains qui chantent. RIP, le marteau et la faucille.