By Kirwin R. Shaffer
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17 Articles in the Spanish anarchist press expressed sadness at seeing sons shipped off to defend the monarchy, while other articles described the poor state of Spanish soldiers on the field. ” Anarchist writers in Spain usually distinguished between what they saw as the futility of “political revolutions” and the vitality of independence wars against imperial rulers. Even a leading Spanish anarchist like Pedro Esteve, who earlier had opposed the war, eventually came to work with other Spanish and Cuban anarchists in Florida and New York in support of Cuba’s anticolonial struggle.
22 This is not to say, however, that subaltern groups, including countercultural movements, are completely separated from the hegemonic culture. Although they may reject its core values and beliefs, their engagement with the hegemonic culture is central to their group identity. “The confrontation of culture and counterculture is a vital aspect of the process of social evolution. 23 As a result, a counterculture derives from one segment of the larger society and is influenced by the larger society.
By stressing a class identity removed from racial considerations, labor leaders helped to bring “class” into the forefront of Cuban politics. 6 Kapcia’s categories help to break down and identify the interest groups that competed to define cubanidad and shape Cuban culture. Unfortunately, Kapcia does not include anarchists in his definition of cubanía rebelde. 7 Yet, he does not include anarchists in the postindependence struggles under the cubanía rebelde label. This omission is understandable when one considers his definition for the label because anarchists rejected participation in formal politics.
Anarchism and Countercultural Politics in Early Twentieth-Century Cuba by Kirwin R. Shaffer