Apr 262015
 

CollectivesSpRevbCOLLECTIVES IN THE SPANISH REVOLUTION by Gaston Leval. Translated by Vernon RichardsLook Inside
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This is not yet another book about the Civil War, and its author is not yet another academic jumping on the Spanish band wagon. The book is about what Burnett Bolloten in the opening paragraph of his remarkable book (‘The Spanish Civil War. Revolution and Counterrevolution’) calls “a far reaching social revolution more profound in some respects than the Bolshevik revolution in its early stages”.

This book can only deal with a few of the collectives that were established in Spain during the struggle against Franco, for, as the author points out, there were 400 agricultural collectives in Aragon, 900 in the Levante and 300 in Castile. In addition, the whole of industry in Catalonia, and 70 per cent in the Levante was collectivised.

In a world where relations in industry between management and worker, and in the public services between workers and government, become daily more strained, not simply over money but over the growing demand by more and more workers to be responsible for and in control of the organisation of the work they do, surely the Spanish experiment of 1936 is of more than academic interest. Such experiments are never exactly repeated, not even in a Spain which has been freed from the military dictatorship. They don’t have to be. Their importance for us now is in showing what ordinary people, land- and industrial workers, technicians, and professionals of goodwill, can do when the State machine collapses even for a brief moment and the people are left to their own devices. The result is not chaos but cooperation, the discovery that for most of us life is richer and happier when we practise mutual aid than when we engage in the power and status struggle which invariably leads to permanent bitterness for the many and a doubtful “happiness” for the few.

COLLECTIVE DREAMS/ SUEÑOS COLECTIVOS

and LIVING UTOPIA / VIVIR LA UTOPIA

LA MUERTE DE LA ESPERANZA. Eduardo de Guzmán. Primera Parte: NUESTRO DIA MAS LARGO (Así comenzó la guerra de España) Capítulo III: DOMINGO, 19 DE JULIO

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Jun 262014
 

MuertedeEsperanza1LA MUERTE DE LA ESPERANZA. Primera parte: NUESTRO DIA MAS LARGO (Así comenzó la guerra de España) por Eduardo de Guzmán. (Check out all Kindle editions of ChristieBooks titles) NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE — £2.42  READ INSIDE!

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III: DOMINGO, 19 DE JULIO

La calle de la Luna está a cuatro pasos de la redacción de «La Libertad». Apenas leído el manifiesto de la C. N. T abandono el periódico para volver a los locales de la organización confederal en busca de noticias. Son ya las doce y media de la noche y acaba de comenzar un nuevo día — el 19 de julio— que puede y debe ser decisivo para el futuro de todos.

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LA MUERTE DE LA ESPERANZA. Eduardo de Guzmán. Primera Parte: NUESTRO DIA MAS LARGO (Así comenzó la guerra de España) Capítulo II: SÁBADO, 18 DE JULIO

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Jun 232014
 

MuertedeEsperanza1LA MUERTE DE LA ESPERANZA. Primera parte: NUESTRO DIA MAS LARGO (Así comenzó la guerra de España) por Eduardo de Guzmán. (Check out all Kindle editions of ChristieBooks titles) NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE — £2.42  READ INSIDE!

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II: SÁBADO, 18 DE JULIO

A medida que avanza la noche, va disminuyendo la animación en el periódico. Los amigos que han acudido en busca de noticias se van un poco decepcionados. También aquellos redactores o colaboradores que otros días no aparecen por la redacción, y que hoy han hecho una excepción, trasnochando más que de costumbre. A las dos de la madrugada sólo quedamos los mismos que cualquier otra noche. De cuando en cuando, llamamos a uno u otro lado o nos llaman los compañeros destacados en la Dirección General de Seguridad. La impresión continúa siendo la misma. A las tres, el propio director decide irse a dormir.

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LA MUERTE DE LA ESPERANZA. Eduardo de Guzmán. Primera Parte: NUESTRO DIA MAS LARGO (Así comenzó la guerra de España) Capítulo I: VIERNES, 17 DE JULIO

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Jun 202014
 

MuertedeEsperanza1LA MUERTE DE LA ESPERANZA. Primera parte: NUESTRO DIA MAS LARGO (Así comenzó la guerra de España) por Eduardo de Guzmán. (Check out all Kindle editions of ChristieBooks titles) NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE — £2.42  READ INSIDE!

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«LA MUERTE DE LA ESPERANZA» recoge las memorias personales del autor en los primeros y los últimos días de la guerra de España. Dividida en dos partes, la primera —«Nuestro día más largo>>— es un relato vivido y dramático de la cambiante situación de Madrid durante las jornadas febriles y azarosas del 17 al 20 de julio de 1936; una narración de los comienzos de la trágica contienda en los centros oficiales, las redacciones de los periódicos, las sedes de los sindicatos obreros y especialmente en la calle donde millares de luchadores anónimos se aprestaban a combatir a morir de ser preciso, en defensa de sus respectivos ideales.

Guzman

Eduardo de Guzmán (1909 – 1991) Nacido en Villada (Palencia) en 1909 pero residente en Madrid hace medio siglo, inicía muy joven sus actividades profesionales trabajando en diversos periódicos. En 1930 es nombrado redactor jefe del diario madrileño La Tierra, cargo que desempeña durante cinco años. En 1935 pasa a La Libertad como editorialista y redactor político hasta comienzos de la guerra en que se integró en las redacciones de CNT y Frente Libertario.  En febrero de 1937 se le designa director del periódico matutino Castilla Libre, órgano de la C.N.T en la capital de España, que mantuvo hasta el fin de la contienda (ultimo numero de 28 de marzo). Apresado en Alicante (1-4-39), conoció los campos de concentración y la cárcel (Yeserías), fue condenado a muerte en enero de 1940, indultado en mayo de 1941 y liberado en 1944. Formó en el Comité Nacional de Amil en 1944 (secretario general). Tiró un año de cárcel en Oviedo en 1951, acusado de espionaje …

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Mari Carmen España – The End of Silence Martin Jönsson and Pontus Hjorthén

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May 222014
 

Since 2005 Mari Carmen España has been fighting to exhume the mass grave at Puebla de Cazalla in Andalusia where her grandfather’s remains lie buried under a dump. Her tireless battle with the authorities is recorded in this ‘road movie’ documentary which has been screened in Germany, Sweden and Norway. It tells how two Swedish journalists, travelling through Spain, seek to understand how Spaniards of today relate to their country’s bloody history. They find it difficult to understand how the instigator of these mass murders is honoured, daily, with a Mass in the Valley of the Fallen, while across the length and breadth of the country the remains of the countless victims of the terror he unleashed still lie in their original death pits, unrecognised, unacknowledged — their murderers having escaped justice


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WAR & REVOLUTION — The Writings of Camillo Berneri edited by Frank Mintz (Kindle edition — £1.29; $2.13; €1,52)

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Oct 192013
 

Layout 1WAR & REVOLUTION — The Writings of Camillo Berneri (edited by Frank Mintz) ISBN 978-1-873976-65-4 published in 2013 by ChristieBooks, Hastings, East Sussex UK —  Check out all Kindle editions of ChristieBooks titles  NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE — £1.29/€1,52/$2.13  READ INSIDE!  ¡LEER EL INTERIOR!

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‘To guarantee revolution, it is not enough for the mob to be armed or for them to have expropriated the bourgeoisie: it is necessary for them to destroy the capitalist system entirely and to organise their own system. They must be able to combat the ideas put forward by Stalinist and reformist leaders with the same vigour with which they attack capitalist individuals and the leaders of the bourgeois parties. As of May 1937, any revolutionary endeavour that does not remain faithful to this experience condemns itself purely and simply to not existing. Attacking the state, unhesitatingly confronting the Stalinist-reformist counter-revolution: such are the distinctive characteristics of the coming revolution.‘

These extracts from the secret republication in Spanish of Berneri’s writings in 1973 by the Iberian Liberation Movement (whose symbolic figure is Puig Antich, who was garrotted on 2nd March 1974), and explain the reason for their re-publication. Also included are some  of Berneri’s articles from this period that best reveal his thoughts on Marxism and the militias.

Contents: Preface; Camillo Berneri; Unpublished letter on militarisation; The State and Classes; The Abolition and Extinction of the State; What can we do?; Dictatorship of the Proletariat and State Socialism; Beware, Dangerous Corner!; Madrid, sublime city; Between the War and the Revolution; The Third Stage; Interview in Spain and the World; The Wisdom of a Proverb; Problems of the Revolution: the City and the Country; Open Letter to Comrade Federica Montseny; War and Revolution; Counter-Revolution on the March; The Death of Berneri; 1937-1978: Four Decades without a History

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People Without Government. An Anthropology of Anarchism by Harold Barclay – Preface by Alex Comfort (Kindle edition)

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Apr 162013
 

PwGcver005People Without Government. An Anthropology of AnarchismHarold Barclay (Preface by Alex Comfort) (ISBN 978-0-904564-47-1),  £2.69, ChristieBooks. PO Box 35, Hastings, East Sussex, TN341ZS. First published by Cienfuegos Press, Over the Water, Sanday, Orkney, in 1982. This fully revised ChristieBooks (Kindle eBook) edition published 2013. 

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Anarchy, as the absence of government, is neither chaos nor some impossible Utopian dream. In fact it is a very common form of political organisation and one that has characterised much of the human past. People Without Government describes briefly the anarchic political structures of a number of these societies. True they are mainly small-scale hunting, gathering and horticultural groups. However, the social organisation of certain large populations with complex relations is also sometimes anarchic. Thus anarchy applies to a broad spectrum of different kinds of societies.

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FRAGMENTS: a memoir by Sam Dolgoff. Personal recollections drawn from a lifetime of struggle in the cause of anarchism. Now available as a Kindle (eBook) at €3,21; £2.58; $4.13

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Sep 162012
 

SAM DOLGOFF, retired house painter, editor and translator of Bakunin on Anarchy, The Cuban Revolution: A Critical Perspective, The Anarchist Collectives: Workers’ Self-management in the Spanish Revolution (1936-1939), was 83 years old when he completed this Memoir. He started out in life, more than half a century earlier, as a working hobo on the railroads and waterfronts, in lumber camps, canneries, and steel mills of the United States. Caught up early in ideas of radical social change, he moved from reformist socialism to anarchism, publishing his first piece, a criticism of Gandhi, in the anarchist journal Road to Freedom. As a member of the IWW he became a strong propagandist for libertarian labor movements—incidentally teaching himself to read six different languages—lecturing across America in union halls, civic centers and colleges. Under the pen name Sam Weiner, he published innumerable articles in labor and anarchist periodicals, many of which he helped to found and edit.

Fragments: a memoir, Sam Dolgoff, ISBN 978-0-946222-04-9. First published (one edition, now long o/p) 1986 by Refract Publications (formerly Cienfuegos Press Ltd), Cambridge. This Kindle eBook published 2012 by ChristieBooks. (€3,21; £2.58; $4.13UK ; US/Canada/India and RoW ; España ; France ; Germany ; Italy

Mourir à Madrid (1963 — Frédéric Rossif) see FILMS

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Apr 222011
 

Mourir à Madrid (To Die in Madrid) is a 1963 French-language Academy-nominated documentary film directed by Frédéric Rossif and regarded as many as his masterpiece. Using painstakingly selected newsreel clips and still photos, Rossif conveys the horror, disillusion and bravery of the Spanish Civil War.  A number of clips of To Die in Madrid were later incorporated into Fred Zinneman’s 1964 dramatic film Behold a Pale Horse (see FILMS) roughly based on the life of Quico Sabaté (see FILMS) utilizing newsreel footage from a variety of archives, the documentary reviews the Spanish Civil War from its beginnings in 1931 until Franco’s rise to power in 1939. (see FILMS)

Noam Chomsky on anarchism

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May 282010
 

Noam Chomsky on anarchism 1 (BBC – 1974)

Noam Chomsky on anarchism 2 (BBC – 1974)