Tuesday, May 02, 2006


(Photo from Durruti's funeral)

Durruti's interview with Pierre van Paasen

In September, after the liberation of Aragon from Franco's forces, Durruti was interviewed by Pierre van Paasen of the Toronto Star. In this interview he gives his views on Fascism, government and social revolution despite the fact that his remarks have only been reported in English-and were never actually written down by him in his native Spanish-they are worth repeating here.
"For us", said Durruti, "it is a matter of crushing Fascism once and for all. Yes; and in spite of the Government".
"No government in the world fights Fascism to the death. When the bourgeoisie sees power slipping from its grasp, it has recourse to Fascism to maintain itself. The Liberal Government of Spain could have rendered the Fascist elements powerless long ago. Instead it compromised and dallied. Even now at this moment, there are men in this Government who want to go easy on the rebels."
And here Durruti laughed. "You can never tell, you know, the present Government might yet need these rebellious forces to crush the workers' movement . . ."
"We know what we want. To us it means nothing that there is a Soviet Union somewhere in the world, for the sake of whose peace and tranquillity the workers of Germany and China were sacrificed to Fascist barbarians by Stalin. We want revolution here in Spain, right now, not maybe after the next European war. We are giving Hitler and Mussolini far more worry with our revolution than the whole Red Army of Russia. We are setting an example to the German and Italian working class on how to deal with Fascism."
"I do not expect any help for a libertarian revolution from any Government in the world. . . . We expect no help, not even from our own Government, in the last analysis."
"But", interjected van Paasen, "You will be sitting on a pile of ruins."
Durruti answered: "We have always lived in slums and holes in the wall. We will know how to accommodate ourselves for a time. For, you must not forget, we can also build. It is we the workers who built these palaces and cities here in Spain and in America and everywhere. We, the workers, can build others to take their place. And better ones! We are not in the least afraid of ruins. We are going to inherit the earth; there is not the slightest doubt about that. The bourgeoisie might blast and ruin its own world before it leaves the stage of history. We carry a new world here, in our hearts. That world is growing this minute."


Blogger KidKawartha said...

Keep up the very good work. Some very good thoughts here, and no, I haven't abandoned you.....
Just biding my time, reading here daily, commenting when I feel moved to.

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Durrati, haven't been by for a few days. I've been under the weather, and my son was hit by a car, so it's been a hectic week.
A very interesting man, your namesake. It's unfortunate that he was dispatched before his time. We could use someone like him today.

8:12 AM  
Blogger durrati said...


Yes, I've lurked a bit at Libby's (as you remember she's not a fan of mine) and saw that you've been sick. I am so sorry about your son.I haven't had many readers as of late, so I just took a break until your return.
Durruti was truly a man of passion as you will read in my upcoming series. In this respect he reminds me of Joe Hill, the great american rabble-rouser....
Hope you are getting better,will finish Orwell tomarrow :)

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Durrati, everyone has attacks of feeling unpopular but your ranking has been growing steadily. There may not be a lot of comments, but people are reading. I guess it comes down to why you are doing the blog. If it is it an expression of your creativity, and a means to share your experiences regardless of who reads it, which I suspect it is, then you are doing well, and should continue as long as it fulfills the need within you that initiated the endeavour that prompted it.. I may not be here every day, but you are one of my three top favourites.
Libby is another, and I love her stuff because it gives me a sense of peace in my otherwise turbulent life experience. As far as you experience with Libby goes, I would suggest that perhaps there is less to it that you think. We are all anonymous, and the anonymity of the internet allows us to vent our frustrations more easily than it would if we were face to face. For example, in my previous job, I was involved in one particular meeting where I had to intercede in a major argument about the direction of a project. I didn't agree with most of the arguments that were being put forward and frankly thought the involved parties were all being ridiculous. My poor teeth were in peril of being ground down to the eternal ether, but I had to be diplomatic in order to get consensus and push the project forward. Had there been anonymity, I would have not been so diplomatic, and just peppered everyone with vitriol - because it was so unlike me to do so, perhaps it would have made them stop and think about their position. I'm not taking a position, just offering an uneducated, uninformed opinion.
By the way, in the aforementioned meeting, I won, but the involved participants never knew that I won. they all thought it was their idea. That's the difference between face to face and anonymous internet interaction.

10:09 PM  
Blogger durrati said...

Dear what,

As I have stated before, I would be happy if I only had a core of three or four readers to engage in dialouge about my interests and beliefs. But I do want a dialouge. Watching your posts dissapear down the roll uncommented upon is not in the least gratifying. Many times I have waited for your comment just so I would know that someone has seen my work....I would say under the circumstances that I have been fairly prolific. If I have readers that do not comment, let me take this opportunity to thank them.

I have no animosity towards Libby and I like her blog. I sometimes wish that she had two, for the pastoral aspect, free of politics and rancor would make Blog 1 truly a place pf respite. Not that I have a problem with her politics. I just love to read of the view outside her window :)

10:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Durruti page from the Daily Bleed's anarchist encyclopedia may be of interest, http://recollectionbooks.com/bleed/Encyclopedia/Durruti.htm

12:34 PM  

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