People say you can’t kill an idea, but you can. For that's what happened in Spain in 1937.
No other political or social ideology would come close to the anarchist movement of 1936 in Spain, yet by 1937 the movement had not only been dealt a death blow, but its very existence had begun to be eradicated from the minds and memory of popular history in a chilling pre-run of Orwells 1984.
How could this happen? And why - 80 years later - are we seeing the shoots of the movement once more arise between the down-trodden soles of the disenchanted and unemployed in Spain? Read More here.....
What prompted a working class girl from Scotland to come to Spain during the civil war? What compelled her to side with the anarchist movement and what drove her - like George Orwell - to keep on fighting for the truth about what the struggle was really about?
In this 3 part series on Anarchism in Spain, discover what another possible world through the eyes of Orwell, Durrutti and in this post: Ethel MacDonald
It is astonishing how many accounts of the Spanish Civil War even today, portray that battle as a struggle between the forces of Fascism and the forces of Democracy.
Yet for anyone who has delved into the origins of the 2nd Republic in Spain and the issues being fought for during the early 1930's there was another agenda, a parallel struggle as important as anything that was happening in the barracks or the battlefield.
This was the struggle for another way of life. Not merely the defence of the new "democratic Republic" that after 5 years had failed to counter the hardships, inequalities and injustices of the masses. This was no simple "left-right" ideological war. This was a struggle to forge something altogether new, something previously never seen - something - as Noam Chomsky has argued - that would represent an entirely new way of living in this world.
The Promise of Anarchism
In this short series on Anarchism in Spain, I shall be exploring this radical and immensely popular movement through the eyes of a few individuals that were driven not simply to defend the few hard-won rights in a fledging democracy, but to go further and implement a new society altogether. These individuals were not satisfied with the reformism of democracy, nor the authoritarianism of the Communist dreams, but individuals that articulated a new future that would shake the political forces across the globe and construct an uneasy alliance between left and right to undermine it, to capture and kill its leaders and finally to destroy its ideology, turning it into the sad parody it has become today.
Read more about Ethel and watch the biographical film on YoutUbe below....
Why Orwell is essential to understanding Spain today. More here - Forgotten Stories From Spain
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Forgotten Stories From Spain Book HERE
And Watch The Tortilla Intro Video here...
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