The Spanish Revolution. Vol. 1, no. 7
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Vol.1 N.o 7 Barcelona, December 2, 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. 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 The Working Class and the Recognition of the Spanish Fascists. - The Death of Durruti. - Municipal Socialism in Badalona. - Dangers of Trade Union Control of Industry. - The First Women's Batallion. - The Militias and Militarization. - The Campaign of the P.S.U.C. Against the P.O.U.M. - The Batllo Silk Mills The Working Class and the Recognition of the Spanish Fascists The announcement that the fascist governments of Italy and Germany have recognized the so-called national Junta of Burgos, the governing body of the Spanish fascist forces, both clarifies and complicates the international political situation. At present we are not going to comment on this change in the European political setting, but will consentrate on considering the situation from the point of view of the international working class movement. We have continually maintained, against those who would give a Spanish appearance to our struggle, that its scope is not limited to a struggle between "Spanish" fascism and "Spanish" capitalist democracy. The international war between the working class and fascism is being fought out in our country. It is the workers' revolution against the capitalist counter-revolution. The capitalist states, with Italy, Germany and Portugal at their head, have from the beginning of the civil war lent their determined support to the party of Franco and the other reactionaries of the Spanish counter-revolution. On one side and the other, both parties have understood that the struggle taking place in Spain is a class struggle of international scope and significance. On the edge of the workers's movement, the reformist bureaucracies, such as the Second and Third Internationals, have insisted upon interpreting our revolution as a struggle of the working class in support of the bourgeois democratic republic. A large part of the international work of the P.O.U.M. has been concerned with the unmasking of this falsehood. In the interviews of our comrades with the foreng press correspondents, in our radio broadcasts in French, Italian, Russian, English, Polish, German and so on, in our correspondence with workers' organizations in various countries and in our foreign language bulletins edited by the international secretariat of the P.O.U.M., our party has clearly stated that we and the Spanish working class are fighting not for capitalist democracy, but for the socialist revolution, for the dictatorship of the working class and for the Union of Iberian Socialist Republics. The work of the P.O.U.M. in the recent Brussels Congress against War and Fascism, in which the correct position toward our revolution for the revolutionary workers throughout the world was discussed, was an undeniable triumph for our point of view, not only because the delegates came away convinced that our political line was correct, but also because the lies and poison published by the two branches of the Stalinized press have greatly confused the international workers' movement and our work at Brussels was able to clarify this situation. The action of the Italian and German governments is a logical consequence of their position. They are helping their kind. By giving Spanish fascism the moral support of recognizing the Burgos Junta, they are strenthening their own political alliances. However, there are other aspects of the situation which are less logical. There are the Socialists in the Second International who stand for neutrality toward the Spanish struggle and there is the Third International and the Soviet Union who disarm the working class by saying that the Spanish workers are fighting for capitalist democracy. The international working class ought to anticipate the declaration of war, unloosing the socialist revolution. That is the only way to save ourselves from war. The only possible escape for the international workers' movement in these crucial moments, is to break loose with their revolution and march forward to the taking of political power. If this power is left in the hands of the capitalists it will throw them headlong into an imperialist war, imperialist even to those countries which will limit themselves to defending their colonial interests. The international workers' movement should come to the aid of our revolution, sending men and arms, and carrying through the Socialist revolution in their own countries. Only thus can they prevent their respective capitalists classes from imposing "neutrality" as their international policy, and stop them bringing secret help to Franco and his fascists. He is terribly deaf, is'nt he? Yes. Almost English.
|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. 7|
|Issuing organisation||Partido Obrero de Unificación Marxista|
|Document date||02 December 1936|
|Copyright status||""Please reprint"".|