A look at how the Barcelona rent strike of 1931 prepared the ground for the revolution of 1936.
by Dermot Sreenan The Barcelona Rent Strike of 1931 not only served to reduce rent costs for working class families but was also an education in self-organisation for thousands of workers. It, along with other struggles in those years, created an organised working class that in 1936 made the most successful attempt yet to overthrow capitalism and create libertarian communism.
The CNT was an illegal organisation during the 1920’s and thus many members had been reduced to the role of passive spectators as dedicated militants battled with the police and pistoleros. The dictator, Primo de Rivera, had fallen in 1930 and the new government (who declared a republic in ’31) let the CNT re-emerge.
As anarchists, the CNT wished to widen the union into a real participatory social movement. To do this they had to broaden its realm of influence. They knew that only via mass organisation, participation and struggle could the foundations be laid so that people would acquire the skills to construct a new society. Continue reading Road to Revolution: The Barcelona Rent Strike of 1931.→
Posted byJulius Gavrochefrom autonomies.org/ shared with thanks The ongoing uprisings and revolution in Rojava and parts of Turkey are largely modelled on the ‘municipal anarchist’ blueprint of Murray Bookchin, whose works had been neglected and often rejected, even by anarchists as being a ‘sellout’ or ‘anti worker’ etc.
When the majority Kurdish movement, influenced by jailed leader Ocalan, finally rejected Marxism and Stalinism it adapted Bookchin’s community, ecological and anti state organisational ideas.
In this series dedicated to anarcho-syndicalism, autonomies shares Murray Bookchin’s critical reflections on this tradition within anarchism, in the excellent essay, “The Ghost of Anarcho-Syndicalism”. Whatever reservations we have regarding the direction of Bookchin’s anarchism towards a radically democratic municipalism, his emphasis on the communalist traditions of anarchism is of great importance, not only in reading the history of the anarchist movement, but also for critically engaging with the more recent “occupy movements” and the “anarchist” response to them. …
The Ghost of Anarcho-Syndicalism
by Murray Bookchin (1992)
One of the most persistent of human frailties is the tendency of individuals and groups to fall back, in times of a terribly fragmented reality, onto obsolete, even archaic ideologies for a sense of continuity and security.
Today we find this not only on the right, where people are evoking the ghosts of Nazism and deadly forms of an embattled nationalism, but also on the “left” (whatever that word may mean anymore), where many people evoke ghosts of their own, be they the Neolithic goddess cults that many feminist and ecological sects celebrate or the generally anti-civilizational ambiance that exists among young middle-class people throughout the English-speaking world.
via Indymedia Barcelona with thanks. Eugeni Guernès, a Catalan anarchist, driver by profession and a CNT union member, was mayor and councillor in the Llagostera town in Girona, Catalonia. between 24 November 1936 and 10 May 1938.
When the war and the Republic were lost and the fascist coup d’etat finally triumphed he had to march to exile like so many militants. On his return he was denounced, arrested, imprisoned and subsequently sentenced to death and executed on 7 May 1943 in Girona old cemetery, where with eight more people from Llagostera he was executed by firing squad .Eugeni and his companion Carmen Mascort
The war of resistance had ended in March 1939, but in the cemetery of Girona, more than five hundred people were shot dead between 1939 and 1945 and the dictatorship continued for nearly 40 years, with support from western powers. All of the massacred were buried in mass graves. Continue reading Eugeni Gurnès: anarchist mayor executed by Spain→
Elevenmembers of theCNT have been judged forsquatting(recovery) of a property
EVICTION FROM THEIR OWN HISTORICAL PROPERTY
byF.M.H. (en Castellano abajo) Elevenmembers and supportersoftheCNTwent on trial in theCriminal CourtNo. 4ofZaragozaforsquattingthe oldHospice ofSanJorge, inPadreManjonStreet,Zaragoza ,Delicias Districtfrom which they wereevictedin February2013by the Police.
See film preview. An Anarchist Life, Italy (English subs).
The amazing story of The Anarchist Blacksmith
It is a model story, an extraordinary adventure, a tale of revolutionary practice and tension, among anarchy and irony, simplicity, curiosity and vitality all throughout Europe, its wars and the social struggles of the 1900s. It is a story on how to live all in one breath, responsibly, diving into contradictions, “getting one’s hands dirty”, and still keeping one’s balance between theory and practice….
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Worker, fighter, militant, prisoner, conspirator, soldier, confined, bomber, escaped … this and much more is Umberto Tommasini, blacksmith anarchist, travelling through the twentieth century driven by human energy and a contagious vitality. He is living in empathy with the world around him but at the same time he questions it totally. An approach is nowadays very rare.
The CNT union has filed Tuesday in Argentina a complaint against the crimes of Francoism, in a process that is handled in this country against the genocide committed by the regime between 1936 and 1977. Thus, the central anarcosindicalista adds to actions before the courts of Buenos Aires by relatives of victims, associations recovery of historical memory and others. CNT lawsuit against genocide Franco Argentina
As the CNT pointed out, “the international law on human rights defined as crimes against humanity, and therefore inalienable, a number of crimes, murder, torture, forced disappearance or slavery, among others-that Francoism fulfilled completely “. In this sense, it argues that “the so-called ‘Amnesty Law of 1977, passed with the votes for the PSOE, PCE and PNV parties, was actually ‘final ending’ law which guaranteed impunity for the instigators and executors of serious violations of human rights “. Continue reading CNT anarchists join lawsuit against Fascist genocide→