July 2011 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Spanish Revolution—one of the most far reaching and profound revolutions of modern times.
In Spain anarchist ideas were put into action—more than 60% of the land was collectively cultivated by the peasants themselves; in almost all the industries, factories, mills, workshops, transportation services, public services, and utilities, ordinary people reorganized and administered production, distribution, and public services without capitalists, managers, or the authority of the state.
Women also played a major part in the revolution, fighting on the barricades and in the anarchist columns, forming free schools, universities, and initiating hugely effective health programs.
This experience, in which about eight million people directly or indirectly participated, opened a new way of life to those who sought an alternative to capitalism on the one hand, and bogus state socialism on the other.
75 years on, what can we learn from this event? Is revolution in our lifetime possible? Do we even need a revolution?
Come along to our August discussion night to celebrate the Spanish Revolution, learn radical history, and ponder the pressing questions we face today.
We will be screening a short (10min) film, to be followed by open discussion.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 3 at the WEA (Workers’ Education Association)
59 Gloucester Street (opposite the art gallery). It can be accessed from Montreal Street (Durham is currently closed at the Gloucester end. View the map here).
7pm start — free entry