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(en) Ireland, Organise! Aims and Principles http://flag.blackened.net/af/orgireland/aimsandprins.php

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Date Thu, 5 Feb 2004 11:17:28 +0100 (CET)


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Who We Are
Organise! is a working class organisation. We seek to secure for all workers a
full and equal share of the wealth and social benefits created by the combined
labour of our class. We aim for the abolition of all hierarchy, and work for
the creation of a world-wide classless society: libertarian communism.
> Against Capitalism, Exploitation and Oppression We are fighting to abolish the
state, capitalism and wage slavery and to replace them with workers’ control of our
industries and communities, ensuring production and distribution for need not
profit. To achieve our goal we must relinquish power over each other on a
personal as well as a political level.

We are opposed to capitalism; a system based on the
exploitation of the working class by the ruling class. By
working class we mean the vast majority of humanity who are
forced to sell their labour or survive on the pittance offered
them by the welfare state.

Organise! is opposed to patriarchal and gender oppression,
recognising that hierarchical notions of male domination in the
family and beyond have imposed the oppression of females as
well as males. This domination has been reinforced by
organised religion hand in hand with bourgeois democracy and
capitalism. Capitalism uses the “traditional” oppression
of women to divide the working class.

We believe that fighting racism must be part and parcel of the
class struggle. Libertarian-Communism cannot be achieved
while racism still exists. In order to be effective in their
struggle against their oppression both within society and within
the working class people of various ethnic backgrounds may at
times need to organise independently. However, this should be
as working class people, cross-class movements attempt to
hide real differences and achieve little for the working class.

Inequality and exploitation are also expressed in terms of
sexuality, health ability and age, among others, and sections of
the working class can engage in the oppression of others along
these lines. This divides us, undermining class unity in
struggle, to the benefit of the bosses. Oppressed groups, such
as those previously mentioned, are strengthened by
autonomous action that challenges social and economic power
relationships.

The Trades Unions and Workplace and Community Resistance

Organise! believes that trade unions cannot be used as
vehicles of revolutionary change. After year upon year of
attacks on our class both the Irish and British based trade
unions continue to offer no strategies for effective resistance.
Based on ‘social partnership’ and top down hierarchical
control of their membership trade unions have clearly become
more and more divorced from the point of workers power –
the workplace. We reject social partnership between union
leaders, bosses and government. In these
‘partnerships’ it is always the working classes that
suffer. While rejecting the trade unions as beyond reform we
will continue to be active in them at a ‘shopfloor’ level
to fight for working class interests at work. We will however
be promoting workplace resistance not standing in union
elections on so-called ‘radical’ platforms. As such we
promote the formation of workplace and community based
resistance groups that will act as hotbeds of militancy,
promoting resistance and direct action, while building and
strengthening links between the workplace and community
based struggles. We believe such groups should, as they
develop, federate both at local/regional level and throughout
industry. Such groups must promote methods of working class
activity, which enable us to use for ourselves all the means at
our disposal in the struggle against the bosses.

Nationalism

We are opposed to the ideology of nationalism and national
liberation movements, which claim that there is some common
interest between native bosses and the working class in face
of foreign domination. We do support working class struggles
against racism, genocide, ethnocide and political and economic
colonialism. We oppose the creation of any new ruling class.
We reject all forms of nationalism, as they only serve to
redefine divisions in the international working class. The
working class has no country and national boundaries must be
eliminated.

Capitalism and the Environment

Organise! recognises the appalling effects of capitalism on the
natural environment, and believes this is the natural result of a
system which treats both workers, and the planet, as
something to be exploited and disposed of at will. We believe
that access to a sustainable lifestyle is not a luxury for the
wealthy, but something urgent and important that must be
extended to the mass of the working people. Sustainable
communities cannot arise as a result of reforming capitalism,
nor can they be imposed by the state. With this in mind, we
demand rational and sustainable practices.

The State

Organise! rejects the notions of various ‘left-wing’
parties, the would-be ‘vanguards’ of the working class,
that the state can be ‘conquered’ and used against the
bosses. Government, no matter on whose behalf, has always
rested on domination and exploitation, is an inherently
repressive institution and as such beyond reform. The basic
function of the state –that is the courts and prisons, the
army and police, civil service and other state institutions
–is to defend the interests of the bosses. Government is a
top-down institution which puts power into the hands of a few.
All efforts at creating a ‘worker’s state’ have only
led to further oppression of the workers as those in power
consolidated and strengthened their positions.

We believe that the criminal justice system is a product of
capitalist society and is an instrumental weapon in the
subjugation of the working class. We recognise that this
system is only interested in the defence of the state, private
property and the interests of the bosses. We must organise to
defend ourselves against it and all kinds of anti-social
behaviour, domestic and sexual violence etc., supporting its
victims until such a time that is no longer a threat to our class.

Direct Action and Revolution

We advocate the use of direct action both in and out of the
workplace. Direct Action is an act of empowerment that in turn
offers us the confidence we need in our continuing struggle
against the bosses. Direct action should be localised and
should be participated in on an equal and direct democratic
basis.

Genuine liberation can only come about through the
revolutionary self-activity of the working class on a mass
scale. A libertarian communist society means not only
co-operation between equals, but active involvement in the
shaping and creating of that society during and after the
revolution. In times of upheaval and struggle, people will need
to create their own revolutionary organisations controlled by
everyone in them. These autonomous organisations will be
outside the control of political parties, and within them we will
learn many important lessons of self-activity.

Organise! believes that the emancipation of the working class
is the task of the working class themselves. As anarchists we
organise in all areas of life to try to advance the revolutionary
process. We believe strong organisations are necessary to help
us to this end. Unlike other so-called socialists or communists
we do not want power or control for our organisation. We
recognise that the revolution can only be carried out directly by
the working class. However, the revolution must be preceded
by organisations able to convince people of the anarchist
communist alternative and method. We participate in struggle
as libertarian communists, and organise on a federative basis.
We reject sectarianism and work for a united revolutionary
movement.


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