[Marxism] Anarchists' perception of Trotsky

Greg McDonald gregmc59 at gmail.com
Wed Jul 7 01:50:49 MDT 2010

On Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 10:56 PM, Tom Cod <tomcod3 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Sure, but whether they or the CNT viewed that as a "state" is another issue
> as they believed in the grass roots cooperative set-up.  But obviously,
> whether through a "junta" or the armed militia of the CNT, such a society is
> a presided over by a state objectively-albeit a highly democratic one-in
> that it is backed up by armed force, and a state in a marxist sense given
> its class character, even if you call it anarchy.  There's the rub.
> "This civil war is a class war"-Durrutti
>> 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.
>> Greg

The junta would have been precisely a representative body of the
people in arms, as opposed to the bourgeois state apparatus. This
military group was, some have said, a vanguard faction of the working
class. They were all members of the CNT, but they had been a part of
Durruti's column while the latter was still alive. They were opposed,
BTW, to CNT participation in the republican government.

junta |ˈhoŏntə; ˈjəntə|
1 a military or political group that rules a country after taking
power by force : the country's ruling military junta.
2 historical a deliberative or administrative council in Spain or Portugal.
ORIGIN early 17th cent. (sense 2) : from Spanish and Portuguese, from
Latin juncta, feminine past participle of jungere ‘to join.’

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