Spain

The Expropriated Bank of Gràcia: One More Step Forward in the Strategy of Tension – Argelaga

A report from Barcelona (published May 24, 2016) on the eviction of squatters from an expropriated former bank that was being used as a libertarian social center, the role of the City Government led by the former indignado, now Mayor, Ada Colau, in the affair, the resistance mounted by the social center’s supporters, and the political implications of the fact that Colau’s party, Barcelona en Comú (“Barcelona in Common”), despite her reassurances to the contrary, has now become a responsible party to repression and is providing a fig-leaf for a slowly intensifying “strategy of tension” that heralds further authoritarian developments for Spain.

Sabate: guerrilla extraordinary - Antonio Tellez

Sabate cover illustration by Clifford Harper

Fantastic and detailed biography of legendary anti-Franco guerrilla, Francisco Sabate Llopart. Written by Antonio Tellez and translated by Stuart Christie, this book recounts the life, actions and death of the longest-surviving underground resistance fighter.

Russian anarcho-syndicalists commemorate the Spanish revolution

A group of activists of the Russian section of the International Workers' Association (IWA-AIT) worked together to organize an exhibit and the presentation of scientific papers to mark the 80th year since the Spanish Revolution. The venue was the Centre of Social and Political History (GPIB, a branch of the State Public Historical Library) in Moscow.

Aspects of syndicalism in Spain, Sweden and USA - Philip Holgate

A look at revolutionary and anarcho-syndicalism in three countries with sizeable syndicalist organisations in the 20th century.

Revolutionary Spain: unionists vs politicians

An article by 'Vizzittelly' on the situation for revolutionary syndicalism in Spain. Originally appeared in the Industrial Worker (February 14, 1933).

The USSR and the CNT: an unconscionable stance - Alexander Schapiro

Stalin in 1936

Article in the newspaper of Uruguayan anarcho-syndicalists from 1937 criticising a pro-Moscow line in the newspaper of the Spanish anarcho-syndicalist CNT union.

When insurrections die - Gilles Dauvé

This is a reconceived version of 'Fascism and Anti-Fascism'. In this text, Dauvé draws on the experiences of the revolutionary movements in Russia, Germany, and Spain to criticize anti-fascism and democracy, and to draw general conclusions for communists today.

Libertarian critique and the left wing of capitalism - Miguel Amorós

In these (January 2016) draft notes for a lecture on the “partiocracy” and its crisis—pertaining for the most part to Spain and Southern Europe—Miguel Amorós points out that, while the “professional politicians” continue to betray their former constituencies (relatively privileged layers of the middle class), and the civil society movement (the “left wing of capitalism”, “led for the most part by professors and lawyers”) tries to rally those same constituencies to support illusory “reforms”, a revolutionary response must involve at least in part the pursuit of a kind of “restoration” that takes its “inspiration from historical examples of non-capitalist ways of living together”.

International Council Correspondence Volume 3, Number 3

The Volume 3, Number 3 (March 1937) issue of International Council Correspondence.

The POUM's seven decades - Wilebaldo Solano

A history of the POUM, written by a longtime member, Wilebaldo Solano.