[Marxism] Anarchists' perception of Trotsky

Greg McDonald gregmc59 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 6 18:53:44 MDT 2010

On Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 7:46 PM, Tom Cod <tomcod3 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Yeah sure if you're referring to hedonistic "pagan" middle class party
> animals engaged in frivolous political theater or if you're talking about
> the workers movement or something broader; Durrutti explained the
> distinction repeatedly, that they weren't into their kind of "party" time
> either.  Thus the example of Spain is a clear one and there are examples
> from the US, one recent book illustrating that being "Big Trouble" by
> Anthony Lukas about the trial of Heywood, Moyer and Pettibone in Idaho in
> 1905 and the events that led up to it, where spontaneous and not so
> spontaneous mass actions of miners and workers on the grass roots level led
> to armed insurrection-and the dictatorship of the proletariat objectively-
> in northern Idaho at the turn of the century without any significant "party"
> involvement.  Then of course Sacco & Vanzetti were the great anarchist
> martyrs of the early 20th Century we should all know about.  Thus the
> anarchists got state power or close to it, the same way any popular movement
> would: through mass action and armed struggle.

The Friends of Durruti group explicitly called for the creation of a
revolutionary junta of workers and farmers to supplant the extant
government of the day.


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