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(en) Ireland, Workers Solidarity #82 - About Workers Solidarity

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sun, 26 Sep 2004 07:19:11 +0200 (CEST)

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In the last few months, if you've been following the news, there's a
few things that have stuck out. There's been a lot of talk about
democracy and more about the economy. We've gone through local
and European elections and hosted an EU summit. We've been told
that our Taoiseach is one of the great statesmen on the world stage.
We've also heard that the Celtic Tiger is back and that we enjoy one
of the top ten living standards in the world. The message is fairly
obvious, that we have it good and that we shouldn't forget it.

Well not everyone swallows the hype. We don't believe that being
able to choose between a bunch of gangsters, grafters and gombeen
men every few years adds up to democracy and we don't think that
pimping yourself out to a boss in return for whatever he'll give you is
anything to be grateful for. We hear them mention freedom and we
think of the government's reaction to recent protests against the E.U.
and Bush, which were met with the biggest police operations the
State has ever seen. When they talk about Bush and democracy we
think about the tragedy in Iraq, where a people are being brutalised so
that huge corporations can divide up their oil. We also think about the
fact that the U.S. use Shannon airport as a military base despite the
fact that most Irish people are against it. So much for democracy!

They talk about the high standard of living we enjoy and we just
wonder where they got their information from. Did they ever have to
wait on a trolley in Accident and Emergency for days while
overworked hospital staff tried in vain to cope? Don't they know about
the housing shortage where people have waited for years on council
lists or about the people lucky enough to be able to buy a house
getting into debt they can't possibly keep up with?

There seem to be two different realities in Ireland today, the reality
that the powerful tell us about and then the reality that actually exists,
the one most of us really live. Basically, the outlook you take depends
on how much money you have or what family you were lucky enough
to be born into.

Workers Solidarity is the newspaper of the Workers Solidarity
Movement (WSM). We're an anarchist organization who hold the
pretty simple idea that society shouldn't be divided up into bosses and
workers, and that we shouldn't be separated by gender or race. We
want to spread our ideas so every two months we publish at least
6,000 copies of this newspaper and distribute them in our
neighborhoods, workplaces, on demonstrations and to friends. We
organize ourselves in a non hierarchial fashion and make decisions
democratically, so everyone gets a say. Lately we've been involved in
organizing the days of action around Mayday, the protests against
Bush and campaigning against the racist referendum. We've also
opened an office, expanded in membership a little and, as always, are
keen to hear from anyone who would like to get involved or find out
This page is from the print version of the Irish
Anarchist paper 'Workers Solidarity'.
We also provide PDF files of all our publications
http://www.struggle.ws/wsm/pdf.html for you
to print out and distribute locally
Print out the PDF file of this issue

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