The Spanish Revolution. vol. 1, no. 2
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Vol. I N.° 2 Barcelona, October 28, 1936 Please reprint THE SPANISH REVOLUTION WEEKLY BULLETIN OF THE WORKERS' PARTY OF MARXIST UNIFICATION OF SPAIN P.O.U.M. AGENTS FOR ENGLAND: The I.L.P. The Marxist League. The Socialist League. PRICE IN ENGLAND: 2d. AGENTS FOR U.S.A. : Y.P.S.L. The Labor Book Shop PRICE IN U.S.A. : .05 EDITORIAL OFFICE: "THE SPANISH REVOLUTION" 10, Rambla de los Estudios BARCELONA CONTENTS 1: For a Red Army of the Spanish Workers. 2: Declaration of Comrade Nin. The New Justice. 3: The Agrarian Question in Catalonia. 4: The Soviet Government's New Attitude toward Spain. 5: The Dissolution of the Antifascist Militia Commitee. 6: Stalinist Vandalism at Madrid For a Red Army of the Spanish Workers The difficult time of trial which the workers and peasants revolutionary impetus is passing through imposes upon us a primary duty: that duty is to face the facts. The military fascists will not be able to gain even insignificant victories, once we realise that we have taken up our arms not merely to call a halt to fascism but to prevent it from ever again constituting a menace to the cause of the workers emancipation, and that we must crush it and put it to rout once and for all though the triumph of the proletarian revolution. So long as the revolution goes on triumphantly day by day, fascism cannot triumph. The revolution demands heroism, a spirit of sacrifice, class-consciousness. Only by maintaining the revolutionary morale of the workers, not by useless words, but by the unanswerable force of deeds, will we be able to add to the cry of "fascism shall not pass" the more effective reality of "we shall pass over fascism". To conquer, fascism will go to the most barbarous extremes. But when we take into account the monstrous means to which the fascists have recourse, even when they are making war between themselves, we cannot be surprised that such proceedings are carried to their very limits when it is a question of strangling the revolution. But if all the workers organisations will work together, we will make fascism retreat to where the peninsula meets the sea. In the cause, we find ourselves in complete agreement with the "professed aims" both of the recent governmental reforms in Catalonia and the new military measure looking towards a unified command and a more effective army: but this army must be the Red Army of the workers. Revolutionaries are not mercenaries; they are the autonomous heroes of the proletarian revolution. Without damaging the perfect right of everyone to express his political opinion and social ideas, it is neccesary to keep the strictest discipline in the military sense and to carry out to the letter all orders coming from the unified command. From every combattant must be exacted unshakable revolutionary conscience and self-denial. But if it is neccessary to abolish the Antifascist Militia Committee in order to avoid the dangers of dual power after its mission is accomplished, it is not neccessary to recreate the army of the state, the tool of government, capable one day of being used against the people and against the cause for which we are struggling and daily offering our lives. We object to the present measures which create an army other than the Red Army. The combattants of the revolution must not be the headless automatons who so efficiently click their heels and do and die for Hitler and Mussolini. They must be the red army of the workers, fighting under a coordinated military command more capable of winning the war than the independant action of every political party's command. The unified command and the tightening of discipline are necessary, but after the model of Trotsky's army. When Lenin in Russia asked Leon Trotsky to take over the War Commissariat; the bolshevick situation was desperate. They scarcely even had under their control the territory lying between Moscow and Petrograd. There were counter-revolutionary governments in the north, menacing the old capital. In Archangel, the Ukraine, Siberia and the Caucasus, the "white" troops were advancing on Moscow irresistibly; they could count on the support of the whole of Imperialist officialdom. France, England, Japan and the United States gave them war material FOREIGN HELP Beans! They think we shoot with beans!
|Archive collection||Publications from the archive of Henry Sara and Frank Maitland|
|Archive folder||Journal of the Friends of the Spanish Republic : Journal of Partido Obrero de Unificacion Marxista [Workers Party of Marxist Unification]: The Spanish Revolution|
|Document title||The Spanish Revolution. vol. 1, no. 2|
|Issuing organisation||Partido Obrero de Unificación Marxista|
|Author||Nin, Andrés, 1892-1937|
|Document date||28 October 1936|
|Copyright status||""Please reprint"".|
|Description||'Weekly bulletin of the Workers' Party of Marxist Unification of Spain'|