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From Ben <mrreko@yahoo.com.au>
Date Sun, 6 Oct 2002 04:11:24 -0400 (EDT)

      A - I N F O S  N E W S  S E R V I C E

Anarchists in the Spanish Revolution
by José Pierats

"Anarchism is largely responsible for its own bad reputation in the world.
It did not consider the thorny problem of means and ends. In their
writings, many anarchists conceived of a miraculous solution to the
problem of revolution. We fell easily into this trap in Spain. We believed
that "once the dog is dead, the rabies is over." We proclaimed a
full-blown revolution without worrying about the many complex problems
that a revolution brings with it. Nettlau said that those who believe that
a society can change itself overnight through a heroic struggle have not
learned the lessons of history. As Bakunin was wont to say, "a people
develops extraordinary capacities when it is able to defeat its worst
enemy: the State." But we must not forget what we have learned from more
recent history (which Bakunin did not experience) - that the state is a
virus that can take hold in each of us, and that revolutions set free not
only the enslaved masses, but also millions and millions of viruses."

(only the first few chapters are up so far, more to come soon)


The Kronstadt Uprising 1921
by Ida Mett

"We can now say, however, that the Kronstadt uprising marked the
definitive end of the Russian Revolution itself. Indeed, the character and
importance of the uprising were destined to become issues of acrimonious
dispute within the international Left for years to come. Today, although
an entirely new generation of revolutionaries has emerged - a generation
almost totally uninformed of the events "the problem of Kronstadt" has
lost none of its relevance and poignancy. For the Kronstadt uprising posed
very far-reaching issues: the relationship between the so-called "masses"
and the parties which profess to speak in their name, and the nature of
the social system in the modern Soviet Union. The Kronstadt uprising, in
effect, remains as a lasting challenge to the Bolshevik concept of a
party's historical function and the notion of the Soviet Union as a
"workers" or "socialist" state."


Chapters 16 and 17 of Rudolf Rocker's "Nationalism and Culture":

XVI. The Nation as Community of Morals, Custom and Interest

"It is ... quite meaningless to speak of a community of national
interests; for that which the ruling class of every country has up to now
defended as national interest has never been anything but the special
interest of privileged minorities in society secured by the exploitation
and political suppression of the great masses. Likewise, the soil of the
so-called "fatherland" and its natural riches have always been in the
possession of these classes, so that one can with full right speak of a
"fatherland of the rich." If the nation were in fact the community of
interests which it has been called, then there would not be in modern
history revolutions and civil wars, because the people do not resort to
the arms of revolt purely from pleasure -- just as little do the endless
wage fights occur because the working sections of the population are too
well off!"

XVII. The Nation as Community of Language

"A common language naturally appears highly important to the advocates of
the national idea because it is a people's highest means of expression and
must, in a certain sense, be regarded as a sample of its intellectual
life. Language is not the invention of individual men. In its creation and
development the community has worked and continues to work as long as the
language has life in it. Hence, language appeared to the advocates of the
national idea as the purest product of national creativeness and became
for them the clearest symbol of national unity. Yet this concept, no
matter how fascinating and irrefutable it may appear to most, rests on a
totally arbitrary assumption. Among the present existing languages there
is not one which has developed from a definite people. It is very probable
that there were once homogeneous languages, but that time is long past,
lost in the greyest antiquity of history. The individuality of language
disappears the moment reciprocal relations arise between different hordes,
tribes and peoples. The more numerous and various these relations become
in the course of the millenniums, the larger borrowings does every
language make from other languages, every culture from other cultures."


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