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(en) Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland): George Orwell offers some advise on how to fight fascism

Date Sat, 2 Sep 2017 14:30:43 +0300


https://www.facebook.com/WorkersSolidarityMovement/videos/2049775338381602/ George Orwell offers some advise on how to fight fascism "After all there are not that many fascists in the world, so if we each shoot one of them..." ---- We've seen a lot of far right type and even liberals trying to suggest Orwell would have opposed physical anti-fascism. In fact he travelled to Spain in 1936 specifically to fight fascists and served on the front. ---- Orwell wrote of his arrival in Barcelonia, the centre of anarchist activity "it was the first time that I had ever been in a town where the working class was in the saddle. Practically every building of any size had been seized by the workers and was draped with red flags or with the red and black flag of the Anarchists; every wall was scrawled with the hammer and sickle and with the initials of the revolutionary parties; almost every church had been gutted and its images burnt. Churches here and there were being systematically demolished by gangs of workmen.

Every shop and cafe had an inscription saying that it had been collectivized; even the bootblacks had been collectivized and their boxes painted red and black. Waiters and shop-walkers looked you in the face and treated you as an equal. Servile and even ceremonial forms of speech had temporarily disappeared. Nobody said ‘Señor’ or ‘Don’ or even ‘Usted’; everyone called everyone else ‘Comrade’ and ‘Thou’, and said ‘Salud!’ instead of ‘Buenos dias’. Tipping was forbidden by law; almost my first experience was receiving a lecture from a hotel manager for trying to tip a lift-boy.

There were no private motor-cars, they had all been commandeered, and all the trams and taxis and much of the other transport were painted red and black. The revolutionary posters were everywhere, flaming from the walls in clean reds and blues that made the few remaining advertisements look like daubs of mud. Down the Ramblas, the wide central artery of the town where crowds of people streamed constantly to and fro, the loudspeakers were bellowing revolutionary songs all day and far into the night. And it was the aspect of the crowds that was the queerest thing of all. In outward appearance it was a town in which the wealthy classes had practically ceased to exist. Except for a small number of women and foreigners there were no ‘well-dressed’ people at all. Practically everyone wore rough working-class clothes, or blue overalls, or some variant of the militia uniform.

All this was queer and moving. There was much in it that I did not understand, in some ways I did not even like it, but I recognized it immediately as a state of affairs worth fighting for."

Chris Langham plays Orwell in this extract from 'George Orwell: A Life in Picture. The other footage (which is real) shows the anarchist revolution then in progress in Spain, you can find our more about that at

https://www.wsm.ie/c/industrial-collectivisation-spanish-revolution-anarchism
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