Lot n° 841
400 - 500 EUR
BLUM Léon (1872-1950) homme politique
MANUSCRIT autograph, signed on the head "LB", October 1945; 3 pages in-4, with erasures and corrections, on the back of headed sheets of the newspaper Le Populaire.
On national reconstruction after the war.
Addressing first of all the women whom he is proud to have introduced into public life as early as 1936, and thinking of the children who should be born free and equal in law, Blum outlines the main features of "the socialist city", where everyone should have an equal right to health, "an equal right to live with the security of work to which his personal vocation destines him; an equal right to found a happy family enjoying the benefits of nature and science as he did. ...] Socialism is for us something like the urban plan of the present society.
Destruction and construction, that is to say, reforms, must take their place there in turn. The plan, i.e., the final goal, remains invariable; and the order of partial achievements is determined by urgency"... But these achievements can only progress through the nationalization of key industries and enterprises (mining, electricity, transport, raw materials, chemical industries, fertilizers, credit and insurance), and through the active collaboration of workers and peasants. The sound basis necessary for this construction will have to be a simple, solid and sound administration, a reorganization of public services: "Administrative recasting and purification, monetary consolidation are preliminary operations which condition all the others" .
Blum signed and dated (12 October 1945) at the top, in pencil, his manuscript, specifying that it belonged to Tereska (the wife of his son-in-law Georges Torrès).
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