Posted 5 years ago on Feb. 26, 2012, 3:25 p.m. EST by francismjenkins
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This short lived but remarkable experiment in human history is pertinent in light of the renewed interest in anarchist thought (particularly among many OWS supporters). Some of the greatest minds of the time were drawn to Spain during this period, including George Orwell and Ernest Hemingway. Anyway, here's a few videos & hopefully we can glean some important lessons.
That was the good, here's the bad and the ugly:
Obviously, as the last video suggests, fighting fire with fire isn't a very good idea, when the other guy has bombers and you don't. So peaceful protest, like Dr. King and Gandhi, yet we're inspired by stories like that of Mohamed Bouazizi, who set himself on fire in Tunisia (leading to the revolt that finally brought some semblance of freedom to that country).
Spanish anarchists were the first to fight against Hitler's developing war machine, yet they're often ignored by our history books. We should memorialize their sacrifice not with statutes, but with peaceful action in the spirit of what they fought for.