A terrible uprootedness
Love of the past has nothing to do with any reactionary political attitude. Like all human activities, the revolution draws all its vigour from a tradition. Marx felt this so strongly that he was determined to make this tradition go back to the remotest times by making class-war the one and only principle by which to explain history.
Up to the very beginning of this century, few things in Europe were closer to the Middle Ages than French trade-unionism, the sole reflected ray, with us, of the guild spirit. The feeble remains of this trade-unionism are among the number of embers