Spain

Movie Review: GUN CITY/LA SOMBRA DE LA LEY (2018)

A brief review of the movie Gun City/La Sombra de la ley (2018)

On the Institutional Turn: Four Years of Electoral Municipalism - Juan Cruz López

Manuela Carmena campaigns for Ahora Madrid in 2015

An article written just prior to the 2019 municipal elections in Spain. The author rehearses the arguments in favour of the left's so-called institutional turn and considers its impact on social movements.

A dose of strategic realism? Or how a strike-fund can be effective

Taking into consideration all the discussed above, the appropriate strategic question is the following one: if a strike-fund appears to be an organizational instrument that can help workers to improve considerably their working conditions at the workplace and enhance their class power collectively, why are not other trade unions making use of it too?

A revolutionary theory (with an introduction by Agustín Guillamón)

Front page of El Amigo del Pueblo issue 5

An article published in July 1937 by The Friends of Durruti, large portions of which appeared in the pamphlet “The Revolutionary Message of the ‘Friends of Durruti’” (PDF) that was translated into English via French. Here it is translated in full directly from Spanish for the first time.

Barricadas en Barcelona by Agustin Guillamon (Spa)

Book cover/Portada del libro

Spanish edition, by Ediciones Espartaco International, of Agustín Guillamóns Barricades in Barcelone.

5 times Sabate proved he was Franco’s Public Enemy No. 1

Francesc Sabaté Llopart, aka ‘El Quico’.

The life of Francesc Sabaté Llopart, aka ‘El Quico’, reads like the story of an anarchist action film: participating in the Spanish Civil War, the anti-Nazi resistance in France and armed struggle against Franco, Sabaté carried out assassinations of fascists, illegal border crossings across the Pyrenees and armed robberies to fund the resistance.

Representations of Catholicism in contemporary Spanish anarchist-themed film (1995–2011)

Pedro García-Guirao's essay exploring the portrayal of Catholicism in eight Spanish anarchist-themed films.

War or revolution: The dilemma of the Spanish Civil War – Rudolf De Jong

The war and the revolution are indivisible

A short essay by the former director of the Spanish Section of the International Institute of Social History on the so-called “dilemma” of the Spanish Civil War, in which the author claims that there was no “dilemma” at all for the Republicans and Stalinists, who simply wanted to use the war to stop the revolution, while the Socialist Party (Largo Caballero), riddled with traitors and communist infiltrators, totally failed to even explicitly address the “dilemma”, which was finally suppressed among the libertarians by the “committee-ocracy”, a precursor of the forms of the social democratic welfare state of the postwar period.

The Platform of the Workers Alliance – Valeriano Orobón Fernández

Asturian Miners - 1934

A 1934 newspaper article by Valeriano Oborón Fernández, a leading theoretician of the CNT, in which he explains why he is in favor of a “Workers Alliance” entailing the tactical unity of the CNT, UGT and PCE—particularly aimed at the proletarian rank and file of these organizations—for the purpose of not only defeating the fascist threat by means of revolution, but also for ensuring the predominance of “revolutionary working class democracy” in the post-revolutionary society, and outlines his suggestions for the basic principles of such an Alliance.

Origins and Development of Workers Autonomy in Spain (1970-1976) – Miguel Amorós

A chronicle of the rise and fall of the fortunes of the assembly movement in Spain during the early 1970s, with brief accounts of strike movements all over Spain, the rise of assemblies as forms of autonomous organization of the struggle, and the subsequent repression and police violence, highlighting the nefarious role played by the Communist Party and its trade union front organization at a time when it seemed that Spain was on the verge of a social revolution and that only the Communist Party and its allies could effectively prevent the workers’ assemblies from associating, organizing their self-defense, and becoming a system of workers councils.