GREENWICH, Conn. – Al Knight, a Greenwich Retired Men’s Association member, will discuss “From Political Disagreement to Civil War: Spain’s 1930s Tragedy” on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.
The discussion will focus on what once happened when political discourse skidded off course from disagreement, even rough heated disagreement, into fanaticism toward and demonization of the other parties in a political debate.
The backward, traditional Spanish society was upended in 1931. The new Republic over a few years underwent a radical and sudden revamping of society. A military coup by the Army led to General Franco taking control. Hitler and Stalin then jousted in Spain through proxies, in a prelude to World War II. Afterward came retribution by the victorious Franco forces against the defeated adherents of the Spanish Republic, and memories of this tragedy still shape Spain’s politics.
Massachusetts native Knight has degrees from Harvard, Columbia and New York University. He practiced corporate law and did international transactions for a law firm and corporations in New York and Connecticut. He has travelled in Spanish-speaking countries, and lived for part of a year in Spain. He has sung on the stage of New York City’s Blue Hill Troupe, and in choruses performing at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and also at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.
RMA meetings are free and open to the public, both men and women; no reservations are required. Plan to arrive around 10:40 a.m. for a social break with coffee and cake, followed by the speaker at 11 a.m. Meetings are held at the First Presbyterian Church in Greenwich, located at 1 West Putnam Ave., with parking on-street or at public lot two houses north of the church on Lafayette Place.