- Jan 2018
You have created the false dilemma. It was to choice between the Red Dictatorship, the Bloody Revolution or the White Dictatorship. Fortunately.. in Spain, white Forces won the War. Thanks to Franco, García Valiño, Vigón etc etcYou may have created a false dilemma: that the choice was between different dictators rather than between a republic and a dictator.
Why'd the PSOE change their attitude in regards to this in 1979?Dear Futurist,
Everything depends on what do you understand for being a communist.... remember Lee Harvey Oswald... he was asked if he was communist and he said.. No, I am not a communist.. I am a Marxist - Leninist.
Truth, PCE as FALANGE were very minority political organizations before the War.
However we can´t forget PSOE was a Marxist Party... in three wings: Largo Caballero (Marxist Leninist), Indalecio Prieto (Marxist) and Julian Besteiro (the only moderated).
PSOE was a MARXIST PARTY till the year 1979 (XXVII Congress).
So... The main Marxist forces in Spain was PSOE not PCE.
Can you see this page from the EL SOCIALISTA (The Socialist.. PSOE´s official paper)
In this editorial from the year 1931, PSOE say they want the PROLETARIAT dictatorship... "Queremos lograr nuestras aspiraciones legalmente"...(we want to achieve our aspirations legally (we want to socialize the Private Ownership). Also, PSOE declare they want to destroy the "democracia burguesa y el liberalismo"
(bourgeois democracy and liberalism... because they are enemies of this Republic)...
Remember... the editorial is from 1931.. previous event to the Constitution. So... PCE was almost impossible to be popular when PSOE was the large MARXIST party in Spain. PSOE wanted to finish with all the political parties and to establish the Proletariat dictatorship and prohibit the private owneship.
PSOE Meeting in 1931:
So they didn't get much popular support but nevertheless were able to punch significantly above their weight militarily.Breath takeningly small.
1936 2.5% of the vote.
Communist Party of Spain - Wikipedia
"Being a well-knit and highly disciplined organization, the PCE could in spite of its numerical weakness play an important part in the war. In the first five months of the war, PCE grew from 30,000 members to 100,000. It also founded a Spanish branch of the International Red Aid, which assisted the Republican cause considerably."
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