Dec 272010

Federica Montseny (CNT Minister of Health in Largo Caballero Gvt - 'nuff said!)

Broadcast 5 January 1982 (in Spanish):”El anarquismo. La víspera de nuestro tiempo. Diálogos con la historia”. Presented by Jose Antonio Silva. Participants: Federica Montseny (among many other subversions of anarchist principles a minister in the Largo Caballero government); Jose Álvarez Junco (Professor of Political Sciences); Josep María Bricall (Professor of Economics); y Josep Termes (Professor of History at the University of Barcelona). Includes a report on how the Spanish labour movement evolved towards anarchism.


Sep 262010

The military/fascist uprising of July 18/19 1936 triggered a popular social and libertarian revolution against centuries of oppression by the Roman Catholic Church, a ruthless land-owning,  industrial and commercial oligarchy, and a brutal state apparatus. This audiovisual slideshow, produced in 2006 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the libertarian revolution of July 1936, in conjunction with a travelling exhibition of the same name, highlights some of the historical moments of ‘the short summer of anarchy’ when the dream of a new world began to materialise.

‘We will always remember the triumph of the crucial moment when the people, spontaneous and determined by the same impulse, decided — in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, and in so many other cities — to seize the barracks, official buildings, telephone exchanges, radio stations, churches, fields, factories and workshops…. Wonderful days of illusion, when we felt intoxicated by a great victory, beautiful and pure …’