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"Fighting For Ourselves " - lots to learn, a few things to criticize

"Fighting For Ourselves", a new book by which SolFed explains it s view on anarchosyndicalism, deserves to be widely read. In what follows, I try to review the book, both highlighting its strengths and pointing to a few problems I encountered on the way.

Lights in the dark: CNT and CGT members on indefinite strike against redundancies in Catalunya

Striking workers and their families block a road in Granollers

Members of the anarcho-syndicalist CNT union and CGT union have gone on indefinite strike and occupied their workplace at the IMESAPI lighting plant in Granollers, Catalunya, Spain, demanding an end to the redundancy plans which would see four of the 21 workers let go.

Garcia, Miguel's story

The fascinating memoirs of Spanish anarchist, former newspaper boy, civil war and resistance fighter, Miguel Garcia Garcia. Published as Miguel Garcia's story in 1982, this pamphlet includes comments and tributes from Stuart Christie, Albert Meltzer and more.

Spanish Revolution bulletin

Spanish Revolution front page

PDF archive of Spanish Revolution, a newspaper published in New York by United Libertarian Organizations, a coalition of anarchist groups. Published 1936-1938, it reported on the Spanish revolution and the working class's attempts to introduce libertarian communism in Spain.

To remember Spain: the anarchist and syndicalist revolution of 1936 - Murray Bookchin

Collected essays by Murray Bookchin on the Spanish Revolution.

Video report from Spain: Madrid on the brink, S25 - S29

A report from the Occupy Congress protests in Madrid.

Theoretical anarchism and anarchist ideology - Miguel Amorós

Mass Meeting in Barcelona in 1976

An essay on post-1939 Spanish anarchism and its ideological fossilization, with special emphasis on the CNT and the role it played in Spain during the1970s, during the Spanish “Transition”, when it attracted large numbers of workers who sympathized with anarchism—it had over 250,000 members in 1978—but soon lost most of them when it became a trade union indistinguishable from the others except for its revolutionary rhetoric, having been founded by a disparate assortment of people who, according to the author, had only one thing in common: “the desire to build a trade union federation that could contend with the Workers Commissions for preeminence in separate class representation.”

Report Submitted to the Confederal Committee of the CNT by Delegate Angel Pestaña regarding his Conduct at the Second Congress of the Third International – Angel Pestaña

CNT Congress 1910

Angel Pestaña’s official report to the Confederal Committee of the CNT regarding his activities as the CNT’s delegate to the Second Congress of the Third International in 1920; not to be confused with the author’s memoir relating his impressions of his stay in Russia, Seventy Days in Russia: What I Saw, Pestaña’s Report is an account of the shady procedural manipulations of the Russian Communists and their supporters in their attempts to control the votes and committee reports at the International Congress of 1920 in the face of minority opposition from Pestaña, German and Italian syndicalists, English shop stewards and American delegates of the I.W.W.

An overview of the Spanish libertarian movement

Murray Bookchin provides a succinct and weighty overview of the dimensions and historical significance of the Spanish Civil War and Revolution of 1936-9.

Six articles on the Spanish Revolution - Pierre Besnard

In this collection of articles originally published in 1947-48 in the Toulouse journal, Universo, the prominent French anarchosyndicalist Pierre Besnard contributes to the debate over the government collaboration of the Spanish anarchosyndicalist organizations between 1936 and 1939 during the Revolution and the war against Franco’s forces; for the most part, Besnard lets the documents speak for themselves, and presents an interesting selection of contemporary texts, from the official CNT and FAI press and resolutions from CNT and FAI Congresses to articles published by opponents of collaboration, many of which are being made available in English translation for the first time.