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  •  Germany didn't turn out well. (3+ / 0-)
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    Spain and Russia are a lot more complicated.

    Anarchist Catalonia turned out beautifully until all the world powers united to defeat what Orwell called a place where one could "breathe the air of equality."  When you have Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Stalinist Russia and the Capitalist "democracies" united against you, it's tough.  Still, it took years to stamp out the CNT/FAI.

    In Russia, there were many wonderful possibilities initially.  Even Lenin clothed himself and the Bolshies in libertarian language, promising worker self-governance, because he knew that's what the people longed for.  Kronstadt and the Maknovists in the Ukraine are examples of what the revolution initially produced outside of the the Bolshie sphere of inluence.  Again, the Capitalist world attacked the revolution, and the ruthless Leninists were the survivors, double-crossing their Anarchists allies as Stalin did a generation later in Spain.

    Still, worker governance survived to an extent sufficient to impress the Reuther brothers in the time they spent at Gorky.

    Representative democracy is an invention of Capitalists to legitimize their seizure of property and political power as monarchism was crumbling.  It's a farce.

    •  yes (0+ / 0-)

      a traditional revolution provoked backlash and infighting, and the most ruthless and bloodthirsty prevailed. how novel.

      representative democracy was opposed by the founders, and they constructed a constitution specifically designed to prevent it, to protect the wealthy minority. but it's nice to see that you're belittling the idea of representative democracy.

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 08:45:33 PM PST

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