Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Cochabamba Anarchism

Cesáreo Capriles’ legacy
Cochabamban anarchism

By Wilson García Mérida
Los Tiempos
February 1, 2009
Translated by Scott Campbell

“Art and Work” (Arte y Trabajo), the weekly publication born during the golden age of the 1920s, and which disappeared for its opposition to the Chaco War, is the most paradigmatic intellectual precedent of Cochabamban anarchism. Its founder and director, Cesáreo Capriles López, published the first issue of the magazine on February 27, 1921, with a print run of 800 copies. The editorial page of that first edition contained a posthumous homage to Prince Kropotkin, who had passed away earlier that year. About the libertarian Russian noble Capriles wrote:

“He renounced his princely prerogatives, the flatteries of Nicholas II’s court, and all the advantages that his personal and intellectual conditions could have won him in European societies. Likewise, the Bolsheviks didn’t want him, because his libertarian dream went beyond the dictatorship of the proletariat. Like the man whose dignified words, perhaps from the Sermon on the Mount: ‘while the wretched exist, luxury is a crime,’ he has achieved immortality.”

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