We’ve grown used to having to endure from time to time all manner of rabid attacks on anarchist ideas and anarchist organisations. Oddly enough, every other ideological persuasion resorts to historical interpretation to argue either that our anarchist predecessors did hardly any of the fighting (indeed sometimes they are left out of the reckoning altogether), or that they were responsible for all terror, past and future.
What has prompted me to take up my pen is a recent event. On 30 May 2007 the Lérida-based newspaper La Mañana reported a symposium at the Institute for Léridan Studies under the following headline: “Book says FAI organised religious persecution in Catalonia”. Smaller headlines announced that “ those killed for their faith are reckoned at around 7,000”. The author of the book in question, Jordi Alberti, “says that there was an elaborate plan and this was not just the work of mavericks”.