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(en) "Useful vote": a dogma instituted by the experience of the CNT?! by Vantiê Clínio Carvalho de Oliveira By ANA (pt) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 28 Oct 2018 09:41:47 +0200

It is precisely the 'exceptional' experience (since it was the first and only) of Spain that has clearly demonstrated to the history of anarchism how much a strategic misunderstanding is to yield to the fallacy of bourgeois universal suffrage, if only for a purely conjunctural matter: exactly the "broad progressive front" of the republican government elected by the anarcho-syndicalist vote that favored the advance of fascism, first refusing to release arms to the antifascist workers and then orchestrating with the "communists" the great betrayal of the revolutionary camp because, according to the members of the republican government, they even declared publicly, it was preferable to the "fascist order" than the "anarchist subversion". ---- Above all this process there is a great documentary available on youtube titled " Vivir La Utopia ".

"Anarchist" who takes the misconception committed in Spain by the CNT at that historical moment (by supporting a so-called "progressive" government by "conjunctural" issues) as a "dogma" to be followed by the libertarian camp - a "formula" to be followed, such as: "whenever fascisms are mobilized by the bourgeoisie to divide the people and thus weaken their revolutionary potential, anarchists must support so-called 'progressive' governments - he does not see that that event was the decisive experience that has fully demonstrated to the libertarian field that the projects of society of the hierarchical political field in general (whether of right, center,left or rear) have more affinities with each other than with the self-managed social project (as if all the previous historical betrayals of the so-called "popular revolutionary" governments against the self-managing popular revolutionary field were not enough). (ie the so-called "anarchists" who take that experience of exception from the Spanish CNT as a "dogmatic formula" to be followed in certain specific conjuncture moments) to repeat the same mistakes that led to almost all revolutionary historical experiences (for supporting opponents of the libertarian political project, under the mistaken reasoning that it was a "lesser evil" in the face of "declared" fascism - yes, even though it was not "declared" ,the other hierarchical political projects are also variations of fascism, understood here as the imposition of chains of command / obedience on the part of the "above" or "the lower").

And maybe even - these "anarchists" who do not learn from the definitive lesson of this exceptional experience - will be doomed to also, at some possible future time, find themselves in the same situation as the small group of CNT members who eventually joined the Republican government during the civil war and who at one point saw themselves as part of a body that plotted and executed a scandalous betrayal of what was the greatest revolutionary self-management experience in history.

Yes, the experience of exception of the CNT during that period is really a great historical landmark for the strategic maturation of the libertarian field, but the unmistakable lesson that it brought us is not a pretended formula according to which "in times of fratricidal mobilization of fascism aims to weaken a potential advance of the revolutionary camp, the anarchists must ally themselves with the authoritarian / self-styled progressives, "but rather (the unequivocal lesson of this experience is) the certainty so often demonstrated by all revolutionary libertarian historical experiences of that whoever wants pyramidal authority, not freedom, will always be a 'natural ally' of the hierarchy - read: militarism, elitism,of the structure of class domination (even if it is from a "managerial" class to a "managed" class) - and therefore (who wants pyramidal authority) will always be a "natural and contumacious enemy" of the libertarian project.

Experiments should serve to broaden the accumulation of historical learning, not to be erected into a sort of "neurotic symptom" by which one remains attached indefinitely to the repetition of certain inadequate response schemes.

And in the face of the age-old history of anarchism, we do not learn from this accumulation of experience, rather than favoring "organizational neuroses of repetition", it is a symptom of intellectual limitation.

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