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No Pasaran! Vol. 1 (Max Friedman) Paperback – August 1, 2000
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jority of the people in his profession, Giardino is a decided lefty when it comes to
politics. He has always wanted to hate Franco.It is the politically correct thing to
do, where he comes from.
He runs into big problems. He, like his peers, refers to the fighters ag-
ainst the Spanish Republic as "the Fascists". While it is true that they received help from the other fascists in Europe, the Generalissimo actually ran a free-market
economy. That is why it was so successful. Spain was the only country in western Europe to rebuild its economy without the Marshall Plan welfare handouts. It rose to
being the 8th largest economy in the world (only behind those of countries far more
populous) before its recent relapse into socialism (under Zapatero).
And the biggest argument for Franco (and against the Republic)is: what was
the alternative at the time (1939)? The Republic, under leaders like Negrin, had al-
ready passed from Euro-Social-Democracy into hard-line Marxism. I was born, raised,
educated in Cuba, and can swear that life in Spain from 1960-2003 was a hell of a lot better that it was (and still is) in Cuba during those years.
The outcome of the Spanish Civil War was the best it could have been, given the time and place and circumstances. The people Giardino admires were fight-
ing for the wrong side. Giardino, even now, pulls for the wrong team.
In the first book he mentions that many of the world's most famous think-
ers were involved, and he cites Hemingway, Orwell and Dos Passos.Read more ›