Frederica Montseny

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Born Sunday 12 February 1905, died Friday 14 January 1994

Professions: Activist, Revolutionary

Nationality: Spanish

Never will the Anarchists in Spain be made to suffer as they have been and are in Russia.

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The people themselves, and only the people, determine the rhythm of our fight.

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In Spain, we should have enough intelligence, enough sense of individual and collective responsibility to do for ourselves that which would be imposed upon us by a dictatorship.

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But we must create in each person a sense of responsibility in order that each one of us can have the right to enjoy all his rights.

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We need no messiah and no sterile conception of a god menacing us with hell and purgatory.

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The love of liberty and the sense of human dignity are the basic elements of the Anarchist creed.

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In order to fully realise our aspirations, we must create in the masses of the people the sense of sacrifice and responsibility that has been the characteristic of the anarchist movement throughout its historic development in Spain.

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There is, therefore, no solution possible other than an economy directed by the workers through their organisations of control-through the workers' syndicates.

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And we will accept the creation of the Iberian Federation of a socialist republic which will give each region the right to construct its life in accordance with its economic possibilities and political preponderance.

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If all our comrades of Europe, America and other countries, who do not understand what we are doing to Spanish Anarchism, would come to Spain, we could then see how they would react.

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There are Anarchists in other parts of the world who are unable to, comprehend the position of the Spanish Anarchists. I do not pretend to censor these Anarchists.

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The struggle is so great that the triumph over fascism alone is worth the sacrifice of our lives.

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Authority is something from which we are constantly subtracting, of which there remains always a residue, and which we attempt to make smaller and smaller.

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Our constancy, same might call it our madness, was necessary to wear down the oppressive forces of the old democracy which, in Spain, was a hundred years behind the times.

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We tried many times before to speed on the social revolution in Spain; attempted to stir up the feelings of the people and to raise the banner of Libertarian Communism.

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Men are as we have always known them, neither better nor worse from the hearts of rogues there springs a latent honesty, from the depths of honest men there emerges a brutish appetite - a thirst for extermination, a desire for blood.

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We have confirmed something we only knew in theory, namely that revolution, in which uncontrolled and uncontrollable forces operate imperiously, is blind and destructive, grandiose and cruel.

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Prostitution presents a moral, economic and social problem that cannot be resolved juridically.

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I wish to say that we Anarchists have never changed our position. We are Anarchists as of old and still pursue the same ideals.

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