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(en) US, kate sharpley library New pamphlet: Kostantinos Speras: The Life and Activities of a Greek Anarcho-Syndicalist

Date Fri, 10 Feb 2006 22:16:40 +0200

Speras (1893-1943) was a militant worker who fought the state and the
bosses. His life of struggle included many strikes and jailings and was
cut short by gunmen of the Greek Communist Party.
Out Now: Kostantinos Speras:
The Life and Activities of a Greek Anarcho-Syndicalist
by Leonardos Kottis. Edited by Paul Pomonis, Translation by James Sotros.
Konstantinos Speras (1893-1943) was one of the pioneers of the working
class trade-union movement in Greece. He spent the biggest part of his
life in prison and in exile. He fought with all his might for the
emancipation of the working class, for an autonomous trade-union movement,
for a society without slaves and bosses. He represented revolutionary
syndicalism and as a consequence he incurred the wrath of the State and
the Communist Party. He was slandered, his work and actions were distorted
and eventually he was murdered, along with dozens of other working class
militants, in the name of the one and only "orthodox" way to socialism.

"In Greece (like many other countries) the mythical glamour of the Russian
Bolsheviks sucked many militants into the counter-productive surrender of
independent thought and action to the "revolutionary" vanguard. Speras
resisted that trend, and paid the price paid by so many other
revolutionaries. We're happy to be presenting this pamphlet as a
contribution towards telling the broader story of the anarchist struggle
in Greece – and the world." – from the introduction by the KSL

ISBN 1-873605-14-5
Anarchist Library Series #13 ISSN 1479-9073

Published by the Kate Sharpley Library, Feb. 2006.
BM Hurricane, London WC1N 3XX, UK
PMB 820, 2425 Channing Way, Berkeley CA 94704, USA

available for £3/$3 through the usual channels. Available cheap to KSL

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