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Murray Bookchin is cofounder of the Institute for Social Ecology. An active voice in the ecology and anarchist movements for more than forty years, he has written numerous books and articles, including: Anarchism, Marxism and the Future of the Left, Social Anarchism or Lifestyle Anarchism, The Spanish Anarchists, The Ecology of Freedom, Urbanization Without Cities, and Re-enchanting Humanity. He lives in Burlington, Vermont.
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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: AK Press; New edition edition (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 187317604X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873176047
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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By Elderbear VINE VOICE on September 25, 2001
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From the few dozen workers who first listened to Giuseppi Fanelli as he presented "The Idea" in 1868, a nucleus of Anarchists slowly grew in Spain. "Anarchistic ideals are difficult to fix into a hard and fast credo. Anarchism is a great libidinal movement of humanity to shake off the repressive apparatus created by hierarchical society. It originates in the age-old drive of the oppressed to assert the spirit of freedom, equality, and spontaneity over values and institutions based on authority." (p. 16) Nineteenth Century Spain was rife with oppressive and authoritarian institutions-a culture medium, as it were, for Anarchism.
Bookchin traces the growth of the movement, explaining the various forms through which the anarchistic "Idea" developed. He briefly explores the influences of Proudhon, Kropotkin, and Bakunin, and contrasts them with the bleak realities of the Spanish political situation. The Spanish anarchists were not an unruly mob of bomb hurling terrorists, they were "freedom fighters" in the best sense of the term. Many exemplified self-discipline:
"The more dedicated men, once having decided to embrace the "Idea," abjured smoking and drinking, avoided brothels, and purged their talk of "foul" language. They believed these traits to be "vices"--demeaning to free people and fostered deliberately by ruling classes to corrupt and enslave the workers spiritually." (p. 48)
"Anarchist-influenced unions gave higher priority to leisure and free time for self-development than to high wages and economic gains." (p.
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"Can anarchy work" or "Is anarchy a mere utopia" are questions asked frequently by people who are not informed about the ideology and philosophy of anarchy but, most importantly, the history of anarchy.
Since you arent going to be taught any of all this in school the burden falls on your shoulders to discover it (amongst most other meaningful things that you will not be told about).
Murray Bookchin, is a great historian, and does an awesome job of documenting the most recent and most convincing attempt at anarchy in pre-war Spain.
Bookchin descibes a movement that found roots in the "lumpen proletariat", that part of the working class with almost zero education that marxists looked upon with contempt considering them incapable of ever starting a revolution.
Yet, exactly that part of the working class was the one that through appaling living and social conditions embraced the concept of anarchy, namely, no masters, equality, work as creation and not braindead toil, education that promotes free thinking and not unquestioned swallowing of dogma and above all liberty.
This is a fascinating story, perhaps overly fascinating compared with modern times where most the people take social conditions as self-understood. A movement, that, through a massive network of action that ranged from strikes against brutally oppressing regimes that inevitably and repeatedly resulted in massive bloodbaths, direct action, informing people about their present future and past while actually opening up to them a whole new world of possibilities that would drive them out of their every day misery and into a new situation where through thriving freedom the society would transform.
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Murray Bookchin (1921-2006)wrote an important book which provided readers with the political and social events that led to the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). His book titled THE SPANISH ANARCHISTS gives the historical background to the Spanish Civil War which erupted in 1936. Bookchin informed readers that the Spanish Civil War did not "just happen," and events in the 19th. century resulted in this tragic, deadly Spanish Civil War.

Bookchin began this study with the suprising reception that Bakunin (1814-1876)received when he visited Spain in 1868. What was suprising is that Bakunin did not know the Spanish language, but his political concepts were well received among the Spanish working classes or what some may refer to as the Spanish proletariat. Another foreigner(an Italian) whose ideas were popular was Fanelli (1827-1877). These two men articulated the frustrations of the Spanish working classes when the latter could not effectively do so.

Bookchin gave readers some insight into the plight of working classes. They faced the usual problems of low wages, unsafe working conditions, and exceedinly long hours which were sometimes 18 hours a day. The Spanish poor workers faced the additional problems when technology replace manual labor. While the industrial workers were not originally a large section of the Spanish population, the problems of economic dislocation eventually affected the agricultural population.

Historians are often perplexed by the anti-Catholicism of the eventual Spanish Anarchists and other Spanish revolutionary groups. Bookchin gave a good explanation of this resentmeent. For over a thousand years, the Spanish Catholic bishops, priests, monks, friars, etc. stood between the Spanish agricultural population and greedy landlords and Spanish royalty.
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