Sorel, Georges (1847–1922) By Perlea, Georgiana
Georges Sorel was a French social thinker and political theorist. An engineer of modest bourgeois extraction, he was a state employee for twenty-five years. He theorized anarcho-syndicalism: an anti-state, non-party workers’ movement predicated on the threat of general strike (le grand soir, lit. the big night) and nourished by fond memories of the Paris Commune (1871).