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The Spanish Anarchists by Murray Bookchin
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I went to Barcelona in 1978 for a day. There were nervous looking teenagers standing around in uniforms w/ machine guns. Franco had been dead for 4 yrs. I left. I went to Madrid in 1984 to visit a friend. It was amazing. Very liberated. I went to Barcelona again in 2004 - pd to do so by the Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona to participate in a hactivist festival of sorts. I read this bk before & during being there. It was extremly useful in understanding the culture. Of course, for anarchists like myself, Republican Spain was an amazing thing, a peak in the history of anarchy. Nonetheless, the anarchists lost the civil war to the fascists. As such, I think it's important to remember that to win against fascism there must be a total revolution in human consciousness. If it boils down to a war, the fascists are more likely to 'win' because that type of winning is based almost solely on levels of brutality & that's the specialty of fascists - wch is, obviously, why anarchists oppose them.
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March 17, 2008 – Shelved as: politics

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