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30 April 2007

The Spanish Civil War: 70th Anniversary of the Bombing of Guernica

Democracy Now! on Fighting Fascism: The Americans -- Women and Men -- Who Fought In the Spanish Civil War.

More information on the Abraham Lincoln brigade.

Wikipedia on the Spanish Civil War, for what it's worth.

George Orwell on the Spanish Civil War:

"Objectivity and Liberal Scholarship," by Noam Chomsky.

More resources from Anarcho-Syndicalism 101:
  • After the Revolution - by Diego Abad de Santiallan, theoretical text written by Spanish author in the leadup to the Civil War, discussing ways in which production, distribution and consumption could be organised according to anarcho-syndicalist principles.
  • With the Peasants of Aragon - by Augustin Souchy, description of the anarchist collectives by a former secretary of the International Workers' Association.



Here's a Luis Buñuel documentary, Land without Bread, from 1932 on "Las Hurdes," a poor area of Spain. This exemplifies what the Spanish revolution was trying to fix -- and did, to a large extent. Note the final message in this documentary.

There were the beginnings of a great human success, no thanks to the towering beacons of Western democracy (sic); none to the vanguard of world revolution (sic) in Russia, either, all of whom conspired to kill the revolution, even at the cost of empowering fascism. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

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