New book — The Rape of Socialism

The Rape of Socialism – How Labour lost the Millennium
Donovan Pedelty, 512pp, £13.50 [click here for a PDF about the book]

A hundred years ago socialist thinking, in tune with the rising tide of labour protest, presented a serious challenge to the capitalist hegemony. However much they differed over ultimate objectives and how to reach them, the Socialists of the late nineteenth century were at one in their conviction that individualistic capitalism would have to be overcome to establish a just and sane society. They were equally certain that the huge advance in productive capacity which capitalism had helped to bring about, by proving that poverty could be abolished, had made such a transformation possible, immediately or at least within the near future.  So what went wrong?  Donovan Pedelty, in this widely-ranging, fascinating and sometimes darkly humorous anarchist critique, explores the answer to this question through a study of development of socialism during the last hundred years or so, focusing principally on the British Labour Movement since World War II. Within the framework of what apologists for capitalism have always dismissed as ‘utopian visions’, but which Socialists have shown to be realisable, this book traces, in Part One, the development in Britain -through the jockeying for power of the bourgeois political parties – of ‘fully representative democracy’, while highlighting the contradiction between this development and their commitment to capitalism. Part Two analyses the reasons why the party formed to challenge the dominance of capital failed to use that ‘democratic power’ to give the people social justice – and ultimately capitulated to capitalism. This is the story of how Labour, corrupted and distorted its supposed ideal – socialism. The Rape of Socialism (available from http://www.centralbooks.com)

Doubly Victims: Granado and Delgado

Granado & Delgado – Doubly Victims
Granado Delgado deux fois victimes

Granado Delgado dos veces victimas

Sobre los atentados Valle de los Caidos DGS

Sobre los atentados del Valle de los Caídos y de la Dirección General de la Seguridad y sus consecuencias and Granado y Delgado: dos veces victimas (4 pdfs — Intro and commentary by Antonio Martin in French, Spanish and English, the fourth document, the transcript of the ‘examination in chief’ of Jacinto Guerrero Lucas, is in Spanish)

(English)
These two texts (in French and in Spanish) are the result of a debate held in Madrid on 17 October 2009 on CNT premises in the presence of Jacinto Guerrero Lucas and Antonio Martin and a number of the comrades jailed in connection with two attacks mounted in 1962 and 1963 on sites of symbolic significance to Francoism. The pdf entitled “On the attacks on the Valley of the Fallen and Security Directorate (Dirección General de Seguridad – DGS)— and their aftermath” is a verbatim transcript by Antonio Martin of the tape-recording made of that meeting. The pdf “Doubly Victims: Granado and Delgado’ is Antonio Martin’s commentary on the cross-examination of Jacinto Guerrero Lucas, in Madrid, on CNT premises, on 17 October 2009 in relation to the 1963 Valle de los Caidos and DGS bomb attacks and their aftermath, the arrest and judicial murder of Joaquin Delgado and Francisco Granado

(Español)
Estos dos textos resultan de la reunión contradictoria organizada en Madrid el 17 de octubre de 2009.en los locales de CNT en presencia de Jacinto Guerrero Lucas, de Antonio Martin y de compañeros encarcelados a raíz de dos atentados efectuados en 1962 y 1963 en lugares simbólicos del franquismo. El primer texto intitulado:”Sobre los atentados del Valle de los Caídos y de la Dirección General de la Seguridad y sus consecuencias” corresponde a la exacta trascripción por Antonio Martin de la grabación de la reunión hecha por CNT y el segundo texto al comentario “Granado y Delgado: dos veces victimas” por Antonio Martin de la reunión precitada.

(Français)
Ces deux textes résultent de la réunion contradictoire organisée à Madrid le 17 octobre 2009 dans les locaux de la CNT, en présence de Jacinto Guerrero Lucas, de Antonio Martin et de compagnons emprisonnés suite à deux attentats effectués à Madrid en 1962 et 1963 dans de lieux symboliques du franquisme. Le premier texte intitulé «Sur les attentats du Valle de los Caidos et de la Dirección General de la Seguridad y leurs conséquences” correspond à l’exacte transcription par Antonio Martin de l’enregistrement de la réunion faite par CNT et le second texte au commentaire « Granado et Delgado : deux fois victimes » par Antonio Martin de la réunion précitée

Two new films


Franco – Fragments de mémoire / Rückblicke
(Javier Rioyo and Yvon Gérault – French voice-over)


The ‘Transition’ – Franco’s Appointee
(Spain 1975-1981 – French)
NB The man to the left of the picture, directly behind Juan Carlos 1, is Carlos Arias Navarro, Franco’s Director-General of Security and, later, his Minister of Interior and Prime Minister, otherwise known as ‘The Butcher of Malaga’ and responsible for the deaths of untold thousands of anti-Francoists. J He was never brought to justice for his crimes against humanity. Juan Carlos 1 appointed him the title of Marquis of Arias Navarro, Grandee of Spain

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The World That Never Was


Review of
The World That Never Was: A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists and Secret Agents

by Alex Butterworth
482pp, Bodley Head, £25.00
(The Guardian, 27/3/2010 — http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/mar/27/world-never-was-alex-butterworth) with an additional note ‘On Infiltration…’
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The Upper Clyde Shipyards (UCS) Struggle (1971 – Cinema Action)


UCS1 is perhaps the most lively of Cinema Action’s campaign films. Its short length carries considerable conviction. Most notably, the determination of the shipyard workers is conveyed by the cut to black and the fade-in on union leader Jimmy Reid announcing to a sea of faces, framed by cranes, that the yards are under the workers’ occupation. Reid’s colleague Jimmy Airlie’s more reflective appeal brings the film to a nonetheless forceful conclusion.
A joint shop stewards’ committee successfully ran the occupation of Upper Clyde shipyards for fourteen months until February 1972. It was an unprecedented response to the government’s plan to liquidate the yards. Since the only other media contact by the shop stewards was press conferences, Cinema Action’s footage inside the yards is unique. Class Struggle: Film from the Clyde (d. Cinema Action, 1977) tells the whole story of the dispute and the occupation. Cinema Action returned again to the Upper Clyde in 1983 for Rocking the Boat which caught up movingly with veterans of the 1971-2 action

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