By Hjoit Hansen
Spain has a particular historic significance for the world anarchist movement. The extent and breadth of publications on the Spanish civil War and the Revolution of 1936-9 is ever-expanding. Nevertheless, little has been written on the economics of that revolution, in which hundreds of collectives were established by the revolutionary working class in city and country, acting on inspiration from the National Confederation of Labour (CNT), the anarcho-syndicalist union.In this pamphlet, the author examines the adoption of the ideas of the C.N.T. and looks at some of the anarchist collectives created in1936. He assesses the success of these experiments which constituted a way of life for thousands of people for up to three years, and draws conclusions on the day-to-day improvements that were produced.The collectives, as well as being a tribute to the tenacity and clarity of the ideas of the anarchist movement, can also be taken as another confirmation that anarchist ideas are often taken up by revolutionary workers in times of upheaval and with the prospect of a more egalitarian society. Now, just as in 1936, these ideas are essential if we are to rid ourselves of capitalism and create a truly free society.