To Remember Spain: The Anarchist and Syndicalist Revolution by Murray Bookchin

By Murray Bookchin

Within the essays that make up this ebook, Murray Bookchin locations the Spanish anarchist and anarcho-syndicalist events of the Nineteen Thirties within the context of innovative worker's routine of the pre-World conflict II period. those articles describe, learn, and overview the final nice proletarian revolution of the previous centuries. They shape critical vitamins to Bookchin's greater paintings, The Spanish Anarchists: The Heroic Years, 1868–1936. learn jointly, those works represent a hugely informative and theoretically major evaluation of the anarchist and anarcho-syndicalist events in Spain. they're useful for any reader curious about where of the Spanish Revolution in heritage and with the accomplishments, insights, and failings of the anarcho-syndicalist movements.

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Indeed, even that economic component must be humanized precisely by our bringing an "affinity of friendship" to the work process, by diminishing the role of onerous work in the lives of the producers, indeed, by a total "transvaluation of values" (to use Nietzsche's phrase) as it applies to production and consumption as well as social and personal life. Even though certain aspects of the libertarian revolution in Spain have lost their relevance, anarchist concepts themselves that can encompass and fully express a "postscarcity mentality" can be much more relevant to the present than the authoritarian ideologies of the 1930s, despite the tendency of these ideologies to fill the vacuum left by the absence of meaningful libertarian alternatives and organizations.

Peirats quite rightly emphasizes that the CNT took its own toll on the FAI. Just as reformists inside the union were predisposed to compromise with the bourgeoisie and the State, so the FAI was compelled to compromise with the reformists in order to retain its control over the CNT. Among the younger, less experienced faístas, the situation was sometimes worse. Extravagant militancy which fetishized action over theory and daring over insight rebounded, after failure, in the crudest opportunism. In the balance: the CNT had provided a remarkably democratic arena for the most militant working class in Europe; the FAI added the leavening of a libertarian orientation and revolutionary deeds within the limits that a trade union could provide.

3. I would not want to argue here, that the Spanish village formed a paradigm for a libertarian society. Village society differed greatly from one region of Spain to another -- some areas retaining undisturbed their local democratic traditions, others ruled tyrannically by the Church, the nobility, caciques, and custom. Quite often, both tendencies coexisted in a very uneasy equilibrium, the democratic still vital but submerged by the authoritarian. 4. In the case of the CNT there were exceptions to this rule.

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