What Went Wrong for the Municipalists in Spain?

Black Rose/Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation

As Spain’s municipalist parties suffered a major setback in May’s elections, Barcelona based author Peter Gelderloos writes on how their own actions and inactions are largely to blame for the loss of support. For those not familiar, municipalism is a political current which emphasizes the building of participatory democracy at the local level through the use of municipal government and often associated with thinker Murray Bookchin.

A leading example of these politics in action can be found in the Barcelona en Comú political party which emerged out of M15 squares movement and housing struggles to win Barcelona’s council and mayoral offices in 2015. Anarchist author Mark Bray describes the party as an example of, …

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