Gerassi’s conversations with Sartre

June 29, 2010

Joseph Waltz writes in the Monthly Review on the conversations that John Gerassi–son of a Spanish Republican general and author of The Premature Antifascists, on the Lincoln Brigade–had in the early 1970s with Jean-Paul Sartre:

“Wow,” Sartre replies, “you really want to put me on the spot today…OK yes, I believe that a revolution is impossible without terror, precisely because the right will resort to terror to stop it.” He continues, “that brings up another aspect of revolution, which is this: to succeed a revolution must go all the way. No stopping midstream. The right will always use terror to foil it, so the revolution must use terror to stop it.”

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