Louis Auguste Blanqui (1805-1881) by Aimé-Jules Dalou. Bronze. Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris. [Click on images for larger pictures.]

According to the entry in Wikipedia, Blaqui, a journalist who advocated in violent political activism, spent half “his life” in French prisons. His collected writings on economic and social questions appeared postumously in Critique sociale (1885) while L'Eternité par les astres (1872) expounded his beliefs concerning eternal return. The Italian fascist newspaper Il Popolo d'Italia, founded and edited by Benito Mussolini, had a quotation by Blanqui on its masthead: "Chi ha del ferro ha del pane" ("He who has iron, has bread").

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Last modified 28 June 2011