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(en) Workers Solidarity No 71 July/Aug 2002 - Get involved!

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>(http://struggle.ws/ws/2002.html)
Date Thu, 25 Jul 2002 13:32:12 -0400 (EDT)


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Anarchism is a very simple idea &endash; basically society should be
organised in a non-hierarchical way, it should not be divided into
order-givers and order-takers. We don't need bosses, politicians, bishops
or anybody else to tell us how to live our lives. Anarchists look to a society
which will be based on the idea of "from each according to ability, to each
according to need".

We want to bring about a society based on real grassroots democracy
where power remains at local level and is organised upwards through
workplace and community councils.

We do not want to become rulers nor do we want to seize power "on
behalf of the working class". We have no interest in replacing one set of
bosses with another. Instead we work for a free socialist society where
everyone can have a direct say in making the decisions that will effect
them.

This society will only be brought about through revolution! There is an old
anarchist slogan which says that if elections changed anything they would
be illegal. The thinking behind it is that real democratic change cannot
come from the top down but must be built from the bottom up. Instead of
voting in elections and effectively giving someone else control of our
lives, we stand for direct action and solidarity among and between
workers.

The Workers Solidarity Movement has been busy over the last couple of
months. Our campaign around the general election saw thousands of
homes get leaflets outlining the anarchist alternative, in several
constituencies the people doing tallies reported a noticeable number of
ballot papers with 'anarchism' written across them.

The June bank holiday weekend saw 50 or so anarchists heading off to
Achill Island for the first of a series of camping weekends where rebels
from around the country can meet up and get to know each other. Later
that month a delegation from the WSM traveled to Spain to join the
anti-capitalist demonstrations at the EU Summit in Seville, while at home
thousands of copies of Anarchist News were distributed explaining what
the summit was all about and how it will effect all of us. And just as went
to press the Derry Anarchist web site announced they were launching on
July 30th, check it out at
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/derryanarchistnews/

Members of the WSM are also active in their trade unions, in the
campaigns against the bin tax, and in the ongoing struggle against racism.
We produce this paper, the magazine Red & Black Revolution, and the
occasional Anarchist News bulletin. With our relatively small numbers
there is a limit to what we can do. That's why we need people like you to
get involved. If you like what you read in this paper, maybe you would be
willing to take 10 or more copies to distribute among friends, workmates
or neighbours. The more people who read about the ideas and the more
people who get involved in struggle, the sooner we will reach our objective
&endash; a world free of poverty and exploitation. A world where
freedom is a reality for all.

Nice campaign

We are currently setting up a libertarian campaign to argue for a No vote
in the second Nice referendum this Autumn. We hope to arrange an
initial meeting in mid to late August. If you'd like to attend this meeting
or be informed of developments please contact us.

The form of the campaign has yet to be defined but we would hope its
message would be broadly similar to that of the last anarchist campaign on
Nice. Details of that campaign can be found at
http://struggle.ws/about/nice.html


This page is from the print version of the Irish
Anarchist paper 'Workers Solidarity'  http://struggle.ws/worksol.html .

We also  provide PDF  http://struggle.ws/ws/pdf.html files of
all our publications for you to print out and distribute locally

Print out the PDF file of this issue http://struggle.ws/wsm/pdf/ws/71.html


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