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Puente Amestoy, Isaac (1896–1936)

Andrew H. Lee


Isaac Puente Amestoy was a doctor who became one of Spain's leading anarchist theoreticians. He published a number of medical guides for a popular audience, especially on sanitation and sexual questions, and was a regular contributor to the anarchist journals Iniciales and Estudios . A participant in the founding of the World League for Sexual Reform in 1928, he left it as too reformist. During 1929 Federica Montseny and Puente had a polemic over his criticisms of her novels. In 1930, he was made a regional delegate by the dictatorship, which did not allow refusal, and consequently was accused by Juan García Oliver of having become a reformist. As secretary of the regional section of the Federación Anarquista Ibérica (Iberian Anarchist Federation, FAI) he was an organizer of the 1933 revolt in Aragón. He wrote El comunismo libertario ( Libertarian Communism ), the seminal pamphlet that became the basis for the discussions of the future society at the 1936 Zaragoza conference of the Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (National Labor Confederation, CNT). There he served on a conference committee that swung the delegates over to the collectivization of rural lands. In 1936 Puente was captured soon after the military revolt and executed without a trial by the Francoists. SEE ALSO: Anarchocommunism ; Anarchism, Spain ; Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT) ; Federación ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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