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Pierre Monatte (1881-1960)
Pierre Monatte was a central figure of the French anarcho-syndicalist movement, as an activist & as a publisher.
Influenced by Emile Pouget, & friends with Albert Camus, Monatte fought the Stalinist influence & reformist positions of the trade unions.
Monatte himself had joined the Communist Party for a few years following the Russian Revolution, but was eventually kicked out for challenging its authoritarianism.
In 1925, with the help of Robert Louzon, he founded Révolution prolétarienne, an anarchist-syndicalist publication which many anarchists wrote for. The review stopped publishing in 1939, resuming again in 1947.
In his political isolation he had recourse to "the men and women of political movements with which he could still sympathize, those of the far-out left, who on their own chosen terrain were often as lonely as he was.''
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