Dear friends, today is a very special today. Today is the day when Anarchist in Spain when on the march to make history. 78 years back on this very day, in 1936, as the right wing Spanish army personnel led by General Franco mutinied against the government in Madrid, the Anarchist came out against both the oppressive forces, took their fate in their own hands, and initiated a general strike, and an eventual one on one confrontation with the State The victory was destined for the people united against the authority. Its a matter of great pride for me to share some features of the revolution ,which mainstream media has done its best to wipe from history. No revolution in history would have the popular media done best to suppress as much as they have done with the pure worker's uprising of the Spain in 1936.
1) In some places in Spain government virtually disappeared. Yes, there was no government, no masters. It was the people running the show. Revolutionary committees were formed to run the the collective farms, factories, for the redistribution of commodities, and so much was hatred against Capitalism, that money was abolished in some places.
2) Instead of getting wage for the work, in some places one would get a voucher for how many hours you have worked, and for that, you can go to a general store and buy anything which has been produced in same amount of time. Housing and utilities became free. Edibles available at canteens for workers were all free.
3) Private property was abolished. Farms were collectivized. Everything was owned by the people in common. There was no such thing as some people having more property and means of production than the others, and using their economic power to rule all of us.
4) It must also be mentioned that collectivization was coercive. People had a choice not to join it but they could only keep as much of land and live stock as necessary to produce food for their living.
5) There was no institutionalized authority. It was people in power. It was democracy in true spirit with everyone having a say in how the governance takes place. There was no people slitting each other throat, there was no mass violence, there was no panicking, there was absolutely nothing like that. If Anarchist had anything against them, it was the whole lot power of so called democrats, capitalist and authoritarian communist (a contradiction in term though).
I have shared some of the pictures from the time of Spanish revolution (1936-39). I have also produced a verbatim copy of chapter taken from Vadim Diamer book Anarcho Syndicalism in 20th century. I have also produced a link to documentary with interviews of the anarchist/libertarians involved in the movement. I highly recommend everyone to watch it.
Anarchism is not chaos. Its the order of highest level where men do not need any institutionalized authority to control and guide them. Popular media and literature has done its best to wipe out traces of this popular revolution.
Please acquaint yourself with this historic movement, for i believe, its main inspiration comes from the anti authoritarian social and political landscape it created, telling us all that another world is possible.
George Orwell, who had first hand experience of Spanish revolution and documented his observations later on in Homage to Catalonia had this to say
"I had dropped more or less by chance into the only community of any size in Western Europe where political consciousness and disbelief in capitalism were more normal than their opposites. Up here in Aragon one was among tens of thousands of people, mainly though not entirely of working-class origin, all living at the same level and mingling on terms of equality. In theory it was perfect equality, and even in practice it was not far from it. There is a sense in which it would be true to say that one was experiencing a foretaste of Socialism, by which I mean that the prevailing mental atmosphere was that of Socialism. Many of the normal motives of civilized life—snobbishness, money-grubbing, fear of the boss, etc.—had simply ceased to exist. The ordinary class-division of society had disappeared to an extent that is almost unthinkable in the money-tainted air of England; there was no one there except the peasants and ourselves, and no one owned anyone else as his master.
"Servile and even ceremonial forms of speech had
temporarily disappeared. Nobody said ‘Señior’ or ‘Don’ or even ‘Usted’; everyone
called everyone else ‘Comrade’ and ‘Thou’, and said ‘Salud!’ instead of ‘Buenos
dias’. Tipping was forbidden by law; almost my first experience was receiving a
lecture from a hotel manager for trying to tip a lift-boy. There were no private
motor-cars, they had all been commandeered, and all the trams and taxis and
much of the other transport were painted red and black. The revolutionary
posters were everywhere, flaming from the walls in clean reds and blues that
made the few remaining advertisements look like daubs of mud. Down the
Ramblas, the wide central artery of the town where crowds of people streamed
constantly to and fro, the loudspeakers were bellowing revolutionary songs all
day and far into the night. And it was the aspect of the crowds that was the
queerest thing of all. In outward appearance it was a town in which the wealthy
classes had practically ceased to exist. Except for a small number of women and
foreigners there were no ‘well-dressed’ people at all. Practically everyone wore
rough working-class clothes, or blue overalls, or some variant of the militia
uniform. All this was queer and moving. There was much in it that I did not
understand, in some ways I did not even like it, but I recognized it immediately as
a state of affairs worth fighting for. Also I believed that things were as they
appeared, that this was really a workers' State and that the entire bourgeoisie had
either fled, been killed, or voluntarily come over to the workers' side; I did not
realize that great numbers of well-to-do bourgeois were simply lying low and
disguising themselves as proletarians for the time being"
Here is the link to Homage to Catalonia for further reading
Following is the text of chapter taken from Anarcho-Syndicalism in 20th Century by Vadim Damier