"Anarchism, anthropology and Andalucia: an analysis of the CNT and 'New Capitalism'

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Bobby
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Feb 8 2009 22:34
"Anarchism, anthropology and Andalucia: an analysis of the CNT and 'New Capitalism'

http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/anarchiststudies/articles/Mart%EDnez.pdf

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Feb 9 2009 05:10

What's your opinion of it?

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Feb 9 2009 05:12

interesting... taking a look right now

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Feb 9 2009 11:41

I think you should ask the author what he thinks about it now...
Still, it is interesting reading.

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Feb 9 2009 23:41

Why, has he changed his opinion or something? Do tell us.

Anyway, it was interesting to learn more about how exactly the CNT is organised, and the division between 'syndicalists' and 'anarchists'. Since he has been in the CNT for 10 years I believe him about this division, although it sounds rather facile. He has all sorts of postmodern illusions that probably don't help his analysis.

He points out changes in working conditions and culture, notes the CNT has largely failed to adapt but only offers very vague recommendations. For example he says the CNT sections should "stop being an ideological group and become a real union" which is rather obvious, but that can only happen if there are struggles going on. Certainly curbing the sectarian paranoid purist tendencies in the CNT would be a good thing.

The example of the Seville CNT sounds promising, I hope it has continued in this way...

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Feb 9 2009 23:42

I found the piece interesting and thought provoking, however I do recall that there are several CNT members on alasbarricadas who disagree with certain of his conclusions and/or assumptions.

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Feb 9 2009 23:49

For reference people might be interested in this 2001 overview of the anarchist movement in Spain, from an Ateneo (infoshop/social centre type group)

http://www.ainfos.ca/01/jul/ainfos01027.html

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Feb 10 2009 08:10

To 888: I don't want to speak for him, I recommend to ask him yourself.