International Statement of Solidarity With Cuban Anti-Authoritarians: You Are Not Alone

Statement in support of Cuban Anti-Authoritarian/Horizontalist organizers, workers, activists, artists, musicians y mas in Cuba. Scroll down to see current list of endorsements and the original statement in Spanish.


What is the CNT?

English translation of ¿Qué es la CNT? introduction to the Spanish anarcho-syndicalist union the CNT-AIT.

What is the CNT?
Founded in 1910 in Barcelona, from the trade unions not intertwined with social-democratic currents, the CNT still follows the anarcho-syndicalist principles and is the only heir in the Spanish State of the spirit of the First International.

Class, culture and conflict in Barcelona, 1898-1937 - Chris Ealham

Workers' barricade in revolutionary Barcelona

This is a study of social protest and repression in one of the twentieth century's most important revolutionary hotspots. It explains why Barcelona became the undisputed capital of the European anarchist movement and explores the sources of anarchist power in the city. It also places Barcelona at the center of Spain's economic, social, cultural and political life during 1898-1937.

This book has also been republished as Anarchism and the City: Revolution and Counter-revolution in Barcelona, 1898–1937 by AK Press (on AK USA site) (on AK UK site)

CNT Solidarity With Madison

Statement of solidarity with Wisconsin workers from the CNT-AIT, a Spanish anarcho-syndicalist union.

The National Committee of Confederación Nacional de Trabajo CNT, Spain would like to take this opportunity to greet the American workers who have taken a stand against aggressions to their rights as laborers and especially to their right to organize.

Second thoughts on revolutionary syndicalism - Marcel van der Linden

An academic article discussing what defines revolutionary syndicalism and the reasons for its decline since the early 20th century.

Marcel van der Linden, Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis, Amsterdam [1]

Venezuela’s Social Movements: Autonomy’s Difficult Path

On November 2010, in the Spanish city of Cordoba, during the celebrations of the Centennial of the historical anarcho-syndicalist union, the Confederacion Nacional del Trabajo (CNT), a Round Table discussion about Latin America’s social movements took place. A representative of El Libertario was present and delivered the following report.

The modern history of social struggles in Venezuela is associated with the across-the-board transformation of the country brought about by large-scale oil exploitation beginning in the 1920s. This became evident after the death of Dictator J.V. Gomez, who ruled Venezuela with an iron fist from 1908 until December 1935.

The protests in North Africa: what is happening?

The protests against the high cost of living, unemployment and corruption have been growing since the end of the year throughout North Africa, spreading through both Tunisia and Algeria in more and more cities and involving more social sectors, to the extent that the situation in both countries has become extremely unstable - much to the concern of the United States and the European Union, the top two international guarantors of the oligarchic political systems that are perpetuated in the Maghreb, posing as "buffer states" against the advance of Islamic fundamentalism in the region.

Bouteflika in Algeria and Tunisia's Ben Ali (not to mention Mohammed VI in Morocco) are presented to the outside world as "strong men" who need a strong hand to subdue and keep out the enemy within, at the cost of plunging their populations into poverty and keeping them disciplined with an iron fist, crushing or hindering as much as possible any attempt by the people to organise themselves or seek

On the 10th congress of the CNT

The Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT) held its 10th Congress from 4th to 8th December 2010 in the city of Cordoba.

A little history

The origins of today's CNT can be found in the final years of Franco's regime and the early years of the political transformation of the Spanish State into the current parliamentary monarchy in the mid-1970s.

“Revolutionary syndicalism serves the proletariat, whereas anarchism is one brand of humanism” - interview with Juan Garcia Oliver

Juan García Oliver, anarchist Minister of Justice during the Civil War.

Excerpt from the pamphlet “My Revolutionary Life: Juan García Oliver interviewed by Freddy Gomez”

Q. Given how your life developed, that was a significant discovery.

1936-1939: the Spanish Civil War by Augustin Souchy

The Spanish Civil War.

Chapter 11 from Augustin Souchy's autobiography, Beware! Anarchist: A Life for Freedom.

The municipal elections of April 14, 1931 were followed by a drastic change in the political panorama of Spain. The Republicans won a majority, an unmmistakable writing on the wall for the military government. The king fled, the monarchy disintegrated, the republic was victorious. All this in one day and without bloodshed.