Roi Ferreiro

What is to be done: the wrong question - Roi Ferreiro

A reexamination of the relation between theory and practice after the destruction of the workers movement and a proposal for a new way of looking at the questions of consciousness, reformism, organization, substitutionism, sectarianism, spontaneity, autonomy and theory from the perspective of a new council communist revolutionary movement defined as “the total self-transformation of the revolutionary class by way of struggle”.

Democracy mystified: a critical review of the book, Against Democracy by Miriam Qarmat (ICG) - Roi Ferreiro

Roi Ferreiro reviews Against Democracy, and subjects its attack on “democracy as a ‘thing in itself’” (“a fantasy of Bordiguist idealism”) and “liberty, equality and fraternity”—an attack that he depicts as abstract, ahistorical, reductionist, and reactionary “sophistry”—to a withering critique, asserting that such all-or-nothing verbal radicalism (“demagogy”) encourages “political indifferentism and passivity”, and he asks the rhetorical question, “is it possible for the ‘affirmation of the collective existence of men’ to be realized in any other than a ‘democratic’ way, and more concretely, in any other form besides that of ‘proletarian, direct and revolutionary democracy’?”.

Response to Agustín Guillamón’s critique of "Critical notes on the text, 'Spain 1936. The exorcism of the ghost of the revolution' by A. Devesa" - Roi Ferreiro

Ferreiro’s reply to Guillamón’s critique of his essay on Spain, in which he accuses Guillamón of being prejudiced and incapable of understanding Ferreiro’s perspective, reiterates his position on the subjective deficiencies of the Spanish proletariat in the context of a culturally and economically backward capitalist regime, and maintains that “It is not the defeats of the past that will lead us … to victory in the future. It will be the historical development of the subjectivity of the masses of individuals … determined by the class struggle and the conditions of life, both in its dimension as a socio-political process as well as in its psycho-mental dimension”.

The theorization of historical experiences - Agustín Guillamón

A critique of Roi Ferreiro’s critique of Andrés Devesa’s essay on the Spanish civil war and revolution, in which Guillamon derides Ferreiro for idealism and the use of elitist jargon, and for his failure to “perceive that the battle for revolutionary history is not just a bookish, theoretical and abstract question, but another battlefield in the class war between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat”.

Critical notes on the text, "Spain, 1936. The exorcism of the ghost of the revolution", by Andrés Devesa - Roi Ferreiro

A critique of Andrés Devesa’s essay on the “domestication of memory” with respect to the events of the Spanish civil war and revolution, which is faulted for having placed too much emphasis on the failure of leadership of the CNT-FAI as the reason for the failure of the revolution, which Ferreiro traces to the subjective disposition of the rank and file of anarchosyndicalism, who were too dependent on “their organization”, with which they strongly identified, to break free of its tutelage and their “conformist and passive attitude” towards its collaboration.

Beyond democracy - Roi Ferreiro

An essay on the "socio-historical roots" of democracy, utilizing etymological and historical analyses of the term's use and meaning in ancient Greece and Rome to reveal its limitations and suggesting its practical and theoretical supersession in "ochlocracy". Includes subsidiary reflections on decentralization and populism.

The question of neoplatformism: critiques, mystifications, solutions - Roi Ferreiro

A 2008 essay on "neoplatformism" with regard to both its strengths and its weaknesses. Based on a rejection of the Marxism-Anarchism dichotomy, it analyzes the historical, theoretical and organizational implications of the new platformism and its potential role in helping to bring about a practical-organizational breakthrough for the anti-authoritarian movement of our time.