What do present-day anarchists think of the establishment of an anarchist "revolutionary Junta" proposed in the SpanishCivilWar?

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Feb 12 2020 07:11
What do present-day anarchists think of the establishment of an anarchist "revolutionary Junta" proposed in the SpanishCivilWar?

The Friends of Durruti was an affinity group within the FAI. They opposed the collaboration of the CNT-FAI in the Republican government. Instead of collaboration, they proposed the formation of a "revolutionary Junta" in their seminal pamphlet Towards a Fresh Revolution. It's available on the Anarchist Library.

Here are some relevant passages:

Such exalted moments leave no time for hesitancy. Rather, one must know where one is headed. This is precisely the vacuum we seek to fill, since we feel that what happened in July and May must never happen again.

We are introducing a slight variation in anarchism into our programme. The establishment of a revolutionary Junta.

As we see it, the revolution needs organisms to oversee it, and repress, in an organised sense, hostile sectors. As current events have shown such sectors do not accept oblivion unless they are crushed.

There may be anarchist comrades who feel certain ideological misgivings, but the lesson of experience is enough to induce us to stop pussy-footing.


I. Establishment of a Revolutionary Junta or National Defence Council.

This body will be organised as follows: members of the revolutionary Junta will be elected by democratic vote in the union organisations. Account is to be taken of the number of comrades away at the front; these comrades must have the right to representation. The Junta will steer clear of economic affairs, which are the exclusive preserve of the unions.

The functions of the revolutionary Junta are as follows:
a. The management of the war
b. The supervision of revolutionary order
c. International affairs
d. Revolutionary propaganda.

Posts to come up regularly for re-allocation so as to prevent anyone growing attached to them. And the trade union assemblies will exercise control over the Junta’s activities.

It seems the revolutionary junta these anarchists are proposing would be controlled by unions and would not have a mandate in economic affairs with their mandate limited to the four listed there.

What do present-day anarchists think of this plan?

Joined: 10-10-08
Feb 12 2020 08:12

While not a Platformist I have a lot of sympathy with groups like Friends of Durruti because they understood the ethics of Power,Revolutionary praxis etc which collaborates and liberals in the Anarchist movement did not and still dont.This malaise should have been extinguished a long time ago and the clarity Balius put forward is a shining light in a sad vista that crippled the Spanish Revolution and hampers Libertarianism today.