The CNT effectively ran Barcelona, which, with more than 1,000,000 inhabitants, was the most important city in Spain. They also managed much of Catalonia, Valencia, and Aragon. Peasants seized the land, expelled landowners and priests, and ran their very own communities.
In many European countries (similar to Germany and Great Britain), the new communist organizations successfully replaced the older syndicalist and anarchist teams. In Italy, the anarchosyndicalist USI (Unione Sindacale Italiana—Italian Syndicalist Union) retained some working-class presence, but was then crushed by Benito Mussolini’s (1879–1940) dictatorship. There could also be an analogy between the federalist construction of anarchist political organization and the disjunctive buildings of modernist aesthetics, a resistance to authoritarian historical past, narrative, and type. Ezra Pound’s curiosity in Chinese ideogram and juxtaposition as a proper principle is an instance. However, many have argued that the political implications of anarchism itself are misplaced in shifting from propaganda of the … Read More