The Anarchist Seed by Julián Casanova (ISSUU and PDF – in English and Spanish)

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100 years have now passed since the foundation of the National Confederation of Labour (CNT). Four decades before that, in November 1868, the Italian Giuseppe Fanelli, Bakunin’s envoy, had arrived in Spain to organise the first chapters of the International WorkingMen’s Association. So began a history of frantic propagandistic, cultural and educational activity; of terrorism and violence; of strikes and insurrections; of abortive revolutions and dreams of equality. From Fanelli through to the departure into exile of thousands of its militants during the early months of 1939, anarchism rallied a very wide and substantial range of people behind its red and black banner. But for them, it would never have become a mass movement and might have remained a highly revolutionary but fragile ideology of service to maverick individuals, an ideology cornered by the spread of socialism and reduced to verbal violence. In this opinion piece for El Pais, Professor Julián Casanova of the University of Zaragoza considers the CNT’s effectiveness as a trade union and how it improved life for hundreds of thousands of workers, partly because of its dream of a world free of gods and masters. (VIEW IN ISSUU)

THE ANARCHIST SEED by Julián Casanova (PDF) (in English and Spanish)

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