In 1976, the Sex Pistols shocked the world with their hit single “Anarchy in the U.K.” 40 years prior to that tune, anarchy was alive and well, but it wasn’t at John Bull’s home. It took place in a land strangely known for its amazing seafood.

We’re not going to take it anymore

If you called Spain in 1936, you’d probably get a voicemail about how they’re busy going to war. That was the year the Spanish Civil War began, and all hell broke loose at every turn. One of the biggest stories involving the war was the workforce. Many workers, who were getting paid next to nothing, felt cheated by their bosses.

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Workers across the country decided to stand for their rights with the Spanish Revolution. A small group, however, wanted to make their impact felt a bit more.

A brand new start

A new breed of anarchists was awakened and they wanted a change in their world. Using Catalonia as their main place of operation, anarchists decided to run most of the businesses. They looked upon Karl Marx for some words of wisdom. His slogan “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” became the rule of the town.

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It probably sounded better than “Take what you want if you need it, we guess.” While many anarchists were known for their violent ways, these individuals kept a cool head.

Proving them wrong

One would think that having anarchists leading things could wind up a financial disaster. Fortunately, it was a surprise success overall. Agriculture saw a 50% spike under this new leadership. They were also ahead of the world with abortions and free love being allowed.

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In the end, these anarchists made things a bit better for everyone involved. They didn’t have to flip cars over. They didn’t need to spray paint logos on government buildings. They just simply contained the typical anarchist behavior into something profitable.