Anarchists in the Spanish Revolution by Jose Peirats

By Jose Peirats

An account of the Spanish Revolution via a lifelong member of the CNT.

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For these products are traitors to the nature of the free press. A eunuch remains a poor soft of man even if he has a good voice. Nature remains good even if it brings forth monstrosities. The soul of a free press is the staunch, rational , ethical soul of freedom. The nature of a censored press is the shapeless black soul of unfreedom; it is a civilized horror, a perfumed mon­ stroslty. This is cast in absolute idealist terms. ln addition it is a question of short-range and long-range consequences (products) ; and one has to ask “Good or bad for whom ?

That kind of freedom of the press acts to introduce oligarchy into questions of th강 spirit . . That [ kind of] freedom of the press pushes presumptuousness to the point of forestalling world history, substituting itself‘ for the voice of the peoplε 70 Whatever is evil in general remains evil, no matter which indi­ vidual is the bearer of this evil, whether a critic or one in the latter case the evil is by the from abovξ, in order t。 as a authorized and is about 10 this Marx makes a $ The Third Thesis is discussed in Chapter 10.

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