Anarchists in the Spanish Revolution by Jose Peirats

By Jose Peirats

An account of the Spanish Revolution by means of a lifelong member of the CNT.

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13 While the earlier philosophers of state law derived the state from drives of ambition and gregariousness, or from reason— though not reason in society but rather in the individual—the more ideal and profound view of modern philosophy derives it from the idea of the whole. It considers the state as the great organism in which legal, ethical, and political freedom has to be actualized and in which the individual citizen simply obeys natural laws of his own reason, human reason, in the laws of the state.

42 However, in all societies that have existed thus far these material and cultural objects have been in some sense separated from the vast majority of human beings, taken out of the orbit of their uti­ lization and control. " These forms of alienation will be transcended, in Marx's view, only when the vast majority regain control of these objects and their own lives. This is possible only when they become truly so­ cial beings, which, in turn, is possible only with the creation of communist society.

But] it is not at all clear how analytical Marxists will differ [on these questions] from non-Marxist philosophers like Ronald Dworkin, John Rawls, and Amartya Sen . . the lines drawn between contemporary analytical Marxism and contemporary left-liberal political phi­ losophy are fuzzy. 28 27 Elster, "Further Thoughts on Marxism, Functionalism, and Game Theory," p. 220. 28 Roemer, " 'Rational Choice' Marxism," pp. 199-200. ) Another challenge to the Marxist pedigree of the moral and so­ cial theory developed in the present work would be one that chal­ lenged the analysis of contemporary post-capitalist societies of­ fered here and/or the claim that political revolutions to democratize such societies might be justified on a Marxist point of view.

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