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★ Anarchism invokes a completely different life and we should try to live this utopia a little every day…
“I am an anarchist and being an anarchist is to be a coherent person – to find spiritual peace and tranquility, alongside political action. Work as little as possible, enough to be able to live, enjoy beauty, enjoy the sun, enjoy life in capital letters, do not live in lowercase. To integrate anarchism into your personal behaviour and to bring the ideas of anarchism into practice to the fullest, without expecting a revolution – that small revolution can happen now. It’s a philosophical conception, it’s a state of spirit, an attitude to life. I think that capitalist society is very badly organised, socially, politically and economically. We need to change everything. Anarchism invokes a completely different life and we should try to live this utopia a little every day “.
★Abel Paz, Anarchist, Anti-Fascist & Self Taught Historian. Died Barcelona, April 13, 2009. He kept the anarchist tradition throughout his life, including a decade in Francoist Spain’s jails and multiple decades in exile in France.
This is an unabridged translation of the definitive biography of Spanish revolutionary and military strategist, Buenaventura Durruti on the brilliantly redesigned Libcom site. Abel Paz fought alongside Durruti in the Spanish Civil War.