Day 2594, Nestor Makhno.

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I guess you can read the rest of your life about interesting people. I don’t know if it makes you interesting to others, but at least it makes you interesting to yourself (whatever that might mean).

One of these interesting people is Nestor Makhno, an anarchist from Ukraine.

Nestor Ivanovych Makhno (8 November 1888 – 25 July 1934), also known as Bat’ko Makhno (“Father Makhno”), was a Ukrainian anarchist revolutionary and the commander of the Revolutionary Insurgent Army of Ukraine during the Ukrainian Civil War.

Named after Makhno, the Makhnovshchina (loosely translated as “Makhno movement”) was a predominantly peasant phenomenon that grew into a mass social movement. It was initially centered around Makhno’s hometown Huliaipole, but over the course of the Ukrainian Civil War came to exert a strong influence over large areas of southern Ukraine. Makhno and the majority of the movement’s leadership were anarcho-communists and attempted to guide it along these ideological lines. Makhno was aggressively opposed to all factions that sought to impose their authority over southern Ukraine, battling in succession the forces of the Ukrainian People’s Republic, Central Powers, White Army, Red Army, and other smaller forces led by various Ukrainian otamans. Makhno and his supporters attempted to reorganize social and economic life along anarchist lines, including the establishment of communes on former landed estates, the requisition and egalitarian redistribution of land to the peasants, and the organization of free elections to local soviets (councils) and regional congresses. However, the disruption of the civil war precluded a stable territorial base for long-term social experiments.

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