Huffington Post.com–Federico Arcos — “Fede” as he’s known — is 94 years old and currently in a Windsor, Ontario, hospital recovering from a recent heart attack. Federico, an anarcho-syndicalist, is a living link to one of history’s most remarkable episodes, the Spanish Civil War, and one of the most remarkable stories within this history: How the Spanish Anarchists, with a sizable following, were able to run a number of towns, villages, agrarian collectives and the entire city of Barcelona along anarchist lines, subscribing to anti-authoritarian principles. It didn’t last long — barely a year and wasn’t entirely successful — but it demonstrated some possibilities: If you removed the coercion inherent in any modern state (for example, cops) folks wouldn’t necessarily be at each others throat.
Anarchism developed during the nineteenth century and became a major movement during the First International (1866) and afterwards. In fact, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon and Mikhail Bakunin, according to some historians, were better known at the time than rivals Karl Marx and Frederick Engels. Many of the labor movements in Europe – France, Italy and Spain — were founded and nurtured by anarchists.
Read more on Huffington Post.com: The Relentless Vision of an Old Spanish Anarchist
See also: Los de la Sierra (in French)