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(en) Amended Anarchist Platform

From Workers Solidarity Movement <wsm@newmail.net>
Date Wed, 1 Mar 2000 16:20:15 -0500

      A - I N F O S  N E W S  S E R V I C E

The WSM national meeting on Sat. 26th Feb 2000
decided to amend the existing Anarchist Platform
statement.  The amendments stem from online
discussion and correct some obvious oversights
as well as clarifying a couple of areas.  The
amended version is as below please feel free
to forward this post to others you believe may
be interested in the Anarchist Platform

Andrew Flood
WSM International Secretary


Anarchist Platform

We invite you to look at the 'Anarchist Platform'
points below and if you agree with them to subscribe to
the international anarchist mailing list
Anarchist_Platform. If you find you don=D5t agree with
them all but are in partial agreement we invite you to
subscribe to AP_discuss instead for ongoing discussion.

The =D4Anarchist Platform=D5 points are below followed by
instructions on how to subscribe to these lists


The points of the anarchist platform arose from
discussion between the Irish Workers Solidarity
Movement and the South African Workers Solidarity
Federation (which has now dissolved). Because of this
background the points assume a common understanding of
what anarchism is. Probably the book "Anarchism" by
Daniel Guerin contains the best detailed explanation of
anarchist history and theory from this perspective.

After the dissolution of the WSF the WSM decided to use
the points agreed to launch the Anarchist-Platform
email list. The purpose of the list is to bring
together anarchists who agree with the points both for
the exchange of information but also in the hope that
they will meet up with others on the list in their
geographical region and engage in common work. As such
list members are expected to actively pursue this
agenda and not simply lurk (a common feature of other

 ------ Anarchist Platform -----

We identify ourselves as anarchists and with the
=D4Platformist=D5 tradition within anarchism which includes
groups and publications such as "The Organisational
Platform of the Libertarian Communists" the "Friends of
Durruti" and the "Manifesto of Libertarian Communism".
We broadly identify with the organisational practise
argued for by this tradition but not necessarily
everything else they did or said.  That is it is a
starting point for our politics and not an end point

The core ideas of this tradition that we identify with
are the need for anarchist organisations that seek to

Ideological Unity
Tactical Unity
Collective Action and Discipline

Anarchism will be created by the class struggle between
the vast majority of society (the working class) and
the tiny minority that currently rule. A successful
revolution will require that anarchist ideas become the
leading ideas within the working class. This will not
happen spontaneously. Our role is to make anarchist
ideas the leading ideas or as it is sometimes expressed
to become a 'leadership of ideas'.

We work within the trade unions as the major focus of
our activity where this is a possibility. We therefore
reject views that dismiss activity in the unions.
Within them we fight for the democratic structures
typical of anarcho - syndicalist unions like the 1930's
CNT. However the unions no matter how revolutionary
cannot replace the need for anarchist political

We also see it as vital to work in struggles that
happen outside the unions/workplace. These include
struggles against particular oppressions, imperialism
and indeed the struggles of the working class for a
decent place and environment in which to live. Our
general approach to these, like our approach to the
unions is to involve ourselves wherever the greatest
number are found and within this movement to promote
anarchist methods of organisation involving direct

We actively oppose all manifestation of prejudice
within the workers movement and identify working
alongside those struggling against racism, sexism,
[religious] sectarianism and homophobia as a priority.
We see the success of a revolution and the success of
the elimination of these oppressions after the
revolution being determined by the building of such
struggles in the pre- revolutionary period.

We oppose imperialism but put forward anarchism as an
alternative goal to nationalism. We defend grass root
anti-imperialist movements while arguing for an
anarchist rather then nationalist strategy.

We identify a need for anarchist organisations who
agree with these principles to federate on an
international basis. However we believe the degree of
federation possible and the amount of effort put into
it must be determined on success at building national
organisations capable of making such international work
a reality rather then a matter of slogans.


Anarchist Platform

To join this list please email
wsm_ireland@geocities.com Your email should have the
subject =D4Anarchist Platform=D5 and should include the

1. A statement that you agree with the points and want
to subscribe to the list.

2. A short introduction that can be posted to the list
saying where your from and what if any organisations
your involved with.

3. Specify whether you want to subscribe to the list or
the digest. The digest means you only get one mail
every three days containing all that periods posting so
it may be better for you if you have limited email


Email ap_discuss_subscribe@onelist.com . When you have
subscribed post a short introduction message indicating
where you disagree with the =D4Anarchist Platform=D5


*Useful URLS for documents above

Daniel Guerin=D5s anarchism

The Organisational Platform of the Libertarian Communists"

Friends of Durruti

Manifesto of Libertarian Communism
This article is from Workers Solidarity No 58
published in Oct 1999

More articles from this issue at

>From Irelands's Workers Solidarity Movement

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