By Jose Peirats
An account of the Spanish Revolution through a lifelong member of the CNT.
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He means the opponents of his views, for he has long agreed with himself that he is a professional prater. It is a question, therefore, of a further tightening of censorship in religious matters, a new police measure against the press which has hardly begun to breathe freely. ” The Leading Article of No. ” The author pauses again and thinks better of it again: not eight days ago he found that with freedom of censorship there was too little freedom of the press; he now finds that with compulsion of censors there is too little compulsion by the censorship.
If religion becomes a political quality, an object of politics, there seems to be hardly any need to mention that the newspapers not only may, but must, discuss political objects. It seems from the start that the wisdom of this world, philosophy, has more right to bother about the kingdom of this world, about the state, than the wisdom of the other world, religion. The point here is not whether the state should be philosophized about, but whether it should be philosophized about well or badly, philosophically or unphilosophically, with prejudice or without, with consciousness or without, consistently or inconsistently, in a completely rational or half-rational way.
What heavenly kindness the man has! He refrains from more precise “specification” whereas only by quite precise, quite distinct signs could he prove and show what his view aims at; he utters but vague, half-whispered words of suspicion; it is not his function to act as public prosecutor: his function is to be a concealed accuser. ”, has engaged in this “godless” procedure in order to discredit a freer press movement in the public eye. Is there still any need to discredit a press movement which draws the censorship’s attention to “casual negligences” and which expects to get its renown in the public eye from the “censor’s penknife”?
Anarchists in the Spanish Revolution by Jose Peirats