The first time workers took state power into their own hands. They established in the Commune a form of government more democratic than ever seen before. Representatives were mandated on
policy questions by their electors, they were recallable at any time and were paid wages that reflected those of their constituents. The Commune was a working body, not a talk shop. The distinction between
legislative and executive arms of government was abolished. Marx's Civil War in France is a suberb account of the history and significance of the Commune. The Commune was drowned in blood by the
conservative French government in Versailles, cheered on by the ruling classes of the world.