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Unless, of course, you labour under the delusion that if the communists had appeased the fascists and not demanded land reform, the fascists would never have launched their coup? But then I have to wonder who is really the naive one...

- Jake

It is necessary to distinguish between the virtue and the vice of liquidity. (With apologies to Lemuel K. Washburn)

I labor under the delusion that if the net result of a political struggle is the imposition of a fascist dictatorship that lasts 40 years and kills at least tens of thousands, then it's rather silly to call it a win.

In any case, the power of the left in Spain came from years of painful organizing, not fantasies that the moderate government would smash the state.

But Spain is a good example because it shows what happens when the government acts against the elites without having sufficient control of military.

by rootless2 on Sun Dec 20th, 2009 at 03:20:14 PM EST
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