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(en) Ireland, Workers Solidarity issue #93 is - A New World In Our Hearts.

Date Tue, 03 Oct 2006 06:59:02 +0200


Anyone who remembers their Leaving Cert history will know
about the Spanish Civil War which was sparked off in July 1936 with
an attempted military coup against the liberal / left wing government
of the day. What you might not be aware of is the ‘Spanish Revolution’
– the activities and massive change which occurred in the parts of
the country which were not controlled by the fascists.
Anarchism was well developed among the working class in Spain and when the
generals and their allies rose up it was the workers who first resisted them.
As the left called on people to stay at home and support the government the
anarchists came out on the streets, called a general strike and took up arms.

Where the workers trusted in the government they were defeated by
the army, who soon began to round up and execute radicals and
trade unionists.
However in areas where the anarchists and the workers’
movement were strong and obtained weapons they defeated the
army and the fascists. In these anarchist strongholds they formed
columns to take the fight to the rest of the country.

The front lines of the Revolution weren’t just the places where
the workers and the fascists clashed. The newly risen people spread
the fight into all aspects of their lives. Factories and rural land were
collectivised, workplaces were taken over and run democratically by
the people who worked there. Mansions and grand buildings were
turned into centres for workers’ organisations. Luxury
restaurants become popular dining rooms and some churches even
became warehouses. The revolution came from the bottom up and
the fight wasn’t just against fascism – it was for a better
world for everyone.

After a period of heroic struggle the Revolution was beaten by a
combination of attacks from international fascism and sabotage from
Stalin’s Russia. The anarchists and workers suffered fierce
repression under the Franco regime which lasted until the
1970’s. However it wasn’t a wasted effort. The Spanish
revolution shows us that fundamental change is possible without
having to resort to dictatorial methods.

We can build on the lessons of Spain and bring about a new
revolution – and next time we won’t be beaten! As Durruti,
the anarchist military commander, said: “We are going to inherit
the earth; there is not the slightest doubt about that. The bourgeoisie
might blast and ruin its own world before it leaves the stage of
history. We carry a new world here, in our hearts. That world is
growing this minute.”

From the anarchist journal Workers Solidarity 93, Sept/Oct 2006
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