Portugal : The Impossible Revolution?

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2012-01-25
  • Publisher: PM Press
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This is the story of the political revolution in Portugal between April 25, 1974, and November 25, 1975, as seen and felt by a deeply committed participant. After the military coup in Portugal on April 25, 1974, the overthrow of almost 50 years of fascist rule, and the end of three colonial wars, there followed a year and a half of intense, democratic social transformation that challenged every aspect of Portuguese society. What started as a military coup turned into a profound attempt at social change from the bottom up and became headlines on a daily basis in the world media. This personal history depicts the hopes, the tremendous enthusiasm, boundless energy, total commitment, released power, and revolutionary innocence of thousands of ordinary people taking a hand in the remolding of their lives. It does so against the background of an economic and social reality that placed limits on what could be done.

Author Biography

Phil Mailer is a political activist and the former editor of Combate. He lives in Lisbon, Portugal. Maurice Brinton was the pen name under which Chris Pallis wrote and translated for the British libertarian socialist group, Solidarity.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Glossaryp. x
The First Weekp. 1
Day 1: Thursday, April 25, 1974p. 1
Day 2: Friday, April 26p. 5
Day 3: Saturday, April 27p. 10
Day 4: Sunday, April 28p. 13
Day 5: Monday, April 29p. 14
Day 6: Tuesday, April 30p. 16
Day 7: Wednesday, May 1p. 19
The First Three Monthsp. 22
Sizing Things Upp. 22
Timex, Sogantal, Mabor, CTTp. 27
The Cultural Nonrevolutionp. 34
Collapse of the First Provisional Governmentp. 37
The First Six Monthsp. 43
The Return to Realityp. 43
TAP, Lisnave, and Other Big Disputesp. 44
The Antistrike Law and the Resurgence of the Rightp. 51
September 28p. 54
The Third Provisional Governmentp. 59
The Upsurgep. 62
The Committeesp. 62
The Trade Union Questionp. 74
The Emergence of Inter-Empresasp. 77
The Agrarian Strugglesp. 80
The Rural Structurep. 80
Early Confrontationsp. 81
Taking the Landp. 85
The Political Chessboardp. 90
The Rightp. 90
The Centrep. 92
The Leftp. 94
The Polarisationp. 99
The Mfap. 103
Beginningsp. 103
April 25, 1974p. 107
Soldiers' and Sailors' Committeesp. 110
What Political Role?p. 112
March 11, 1975p. 113
Urban Strugglesp. 118
Backgroundp. 118
The Occupationsp. 120
Housing Strugglesp. 123
Inter, CRAM, SAAL, and the Shantiesp. 127
Machismo and the Women's Movementp. 129
Beyond the Elections and Political Partiesp. 133
Electoral Arithmeticp. 133
"Popular Power" and the Militaryp. 135
The República and Rádio Renascença Affairsp. 138
COPCON and the MRPPp. 145
The Great Nonpartyp. 149
Autonomous Workers' Strugglep. 152
Inter-Empresas and the Unionsp. 155
The "Revolutionary Workers' Councils"p. 159
The Cooperative Movementp. 162
Land Occupationsp. 163
Crisis Loomingp. L67
Backlash in the Northp. l67
The Road to State Capitalismp. 171
The Crisis and the Emergence of the "Group, of Nine"p. 172
The Sixth Government and the Advance of "The Nine"p. 177
The Situation in the Classp. 180
Popular Assembliesp. 181
Everyday Life in the Cooperativesp. 183
Beyond Local Workers' Committees?p. 189
De-Socialisationp. 194
The Media of Control and the Control of the Mediap. 195
Military Factionsp. 199
Towards Breaking Pointp. 208
November 25p. 217
A Balance Sheetp. 226
Afterwordp. 235
Chronologyp. 251
Appendix Transcript of Rádio Renascença Broadcastp. 259
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