par Eric Vilain
The observation that the revolutionary syndicalist current began to lose ground around 1910 is correct, but all that follows is false : the revolutionary syndicalists continued to fight in the CGT to defend their views, because despite their decline, their positions remained strong. The Confederal leadership managed to organize, despite the strong opposition of the reformists, a general strike against the war which was in preparation : there were 600,000 strikers, which is obviously not spectacular, but in the context of strong state repression it was a good result. There was no equivalent initiative in Germany. Until the declaration of war, the anti-militarist motions presented by the anarchists received a majority of votes – a small majority, it is true.