Federica Montseny : Anarchist Leader of the FAI during the Spanish Civil War
(1905 - 1994)
Description : Montseny served as one of the FAI's prominent activists and in November of 1936, she became the first woman in Spanish history to serve as the Minister of Health. One of her most controversial accomplishments in this position was the legalization of abortion... (From : Anarchy Archives)
Tags : anarchist, spanish, spanish civil war, spanish revolution, fai, anarcho-syndicalist, novelist, essayist, prochoice, reproductive rights.
"...triumph over fascism alone is worth the sacrifice of our lives." (From : "Militant Anarchism and the Reality in Spain," by Federica Montseny.)
"That is why a fascist victory is impossible. Because it must not be forgotten that this is not only a civil war-a social war is also being waged. It is the war of the common people against the rich, against the militarists, against the politicians-all of whom were responsible for the misery and poverty of the proletariat." (From : "Militant Anarchism and the Reality in Spain," by Federica Montseny.)
"We need no messiah and no sterile conception of a god menacing us with hell and purgatory. Love, as the basis of life will bind us together." (From : "Militant Anarchism and the Reality in Spain," by Federica Montseny.)
Montseny is said to have been involved with the FAI-Federacion Anarquista Iberica- (and is even reported to have assisted in the group's creation in 1927) although these assertions are uncertain, due to the highly clandestine nature of the organization's membership. The FAI was founded in order to maintain the integrity of the CNT to their anarchist goals that had become questionable due to their use of representative government within the organization and the fear that this structure was pushing their beliefs towards the moderate end. The organization was centered around the idea of the "affinity group": a small anarchist collective of approximately a dozen members that collaborated with other affinity groups to form a greater collective organization. They emphasized the autonomy of the individual, and vehemently maintained the organization's secrecy.
Montseny served as one of the FAI's prominent activists and in November of 1936, she became the first woman in Spanish history to serve as the Minister of Health. One of her most controversial accomplishments in this position was the legalization of abortion, as it created a schism within the anarchist movement. In 1939, Montseny left Spain for France, and maintained a successful writing career of approximately fifteen political books and fifty nonpolitical. She also served as writer and editor of the French publication, Espoir. She remained in France until her death on January 14th, 1994, leaving behind a strong tradition of Spanish anarchism and individualism.
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Author of Militant Anarchism and the Reality in Spain (December 31, 1969)
Author of Authoritarian Communism and Libertarian Communism (November 30, 1927)
February 12, 1905 : Federica Montseny's Birth Day.
January 14, 1994 : Federica Montseny's Death Day.
November 15, 2016 : Federica Montseny's Added to http://www.RevoltLib.com.
April 21, 2019 : Federica Montseny's Last Updated on http://www.RevoltLib.com.
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