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for anarchists, how does the relevance of greece compare to the spanish revolution?

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asked Mar 28, 2010 by anonymous
edited Apr 7, 2010 by dot

2 Answers

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For me the current situation in Greece is more relevant because it's happening right now. There may be things to be learned from the Spanish Civil War, but the world has changed a lot since then. However, we should be careful to avoid fetishization of either.
answered Mar 30, 2010 by enkidu (6,110 points)
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The spanish revolution was a very organized affair and there was deep coalition between labor, anarchists, socialists, etc. Much of the industries and institutions were collectivized creating a veritable socialist state. Millions were killed in this struggle.

The more modern anarchist movement in Greece, going back to the early 1970's, is quite different. It is much more loosely organized and has never had a goal of instituting a different form of economy or governance. Mostly all actions have begun with small groups and then larger, chaotic actions are spurred in which, altogether since the 70's, have resulted in a death toll in the hundreds.

I don't know how anarchists in Greece feel today, but here I do not feel very aligned with labor unions, communists or even anti-war groups. The character of anarchism in the spanish revolution was quite different than that of it today.
answered Apr 26, 2010 by matt.the.prick (520 points)
"The spanish revolution was a very organized affair and there was deep coalition between labor, anarchists, socialists, etc. Much of the industries and institutions were collectivized creating a veritable socialist state. Millions were killed in this struggle."

The sheer number of organizations involved with the spanish revolution was pretty sickening...I want to learn more about it but reading about such historical matters is very difficult...
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