Written by a lifelong member of the CNT, this is the most comprehensive, critical history of the Spanish Civil War and the role played in it by the CNT-FAI, the anarcho-syndicalists and anarchists. Beginning with an overview of the Spanish working class movement stretching back to the 19th Century and ending with the defeat of the revolution this should be required reading.
A reportback by Guy Cheverton of a conference of the Spanish syndicalist union, the CGT. We do not necessarily agree with some of the points made, but reproduce for reference.
I am posting this recent article on anarchism in Spain in the 1930s (the first of two) - the most recent addition to the ICC’s long-running series ‘Communism is not just a nice idea’ (http://en.internationalism.org/go_deeper) - because I think it is relevant to an emerging debate around internationalism and anti-fascism in relation to the wars in the Middle East and the Ukraine. I will add the second part (on dissident anarchist tendencies in the war in Spain) when it is ready.
A review of Agustin Guillamon's "Ready for Revolution" on the Spanish anarchist defence committees, assessing its relevance to today's revolutionaries.
An interview with ‘Interior Defence’ (D.I.) organiser Octavio Alberola in Basque journal Argia by Aitor Azurki, translated by Paul Sharkey, where he talks about how the Cuban communist leaders turned their backs on the Spanish resistance and maintained good relations with right-wing dictator General Franco.
A personal appeal in favor of civil disobedience in response to the Spanish electoral law (which does not prohibit abstention, but rather the refusal to serve as a poll supervisor if you are selected to perform that civic duty), with quotations from Bakunin, Thoreau and Etienne de La Boëtie, reminding us that “when you hear the word ‘democracy’, what they are really talking about is parliamentarism, the political form best adapted to the dominance of oligarchic interests”, rather than “assembly-based democracy”.