The ruling class of a society always and invariably makes use of government authority, polity, in order to secure in the constitution its dominance over the other classes, etc. -Geschichte der sozialen Entwicklung (History of Social Evolution), ca. 1860
WORKS PICTURED Reden und Schriften, 1926 cover
WORKS BURNED All except Assisenreden (Jury Speeches) and Arbeiter-Programm (Working Man's Program)
Socialist leader Ferdinand Lassalle (1825-1864) was born in Breslau, Germany. He was roughly a contemporary of Karl Marx (with whom he corresponded for several years), but while Marx advocated a revolution of the proletariat, Lassalle championed an evolutionary approach. He was a founder of the German labor movement. Lassalle held that the German working class had to organize itself into a national association whose immediate goal would be direct, universal suffrage. He was in touch with leading intellectuals and writers of his time, including Heinrich Heine, and with several leaders of the abortive 1848 revolutionary movement. In his books he envisioned a better world under a fair-minded proletarian government. The Nazis burned Lassalle's works, some 70 years after his death, because of their socialist doctrine.