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(en) Ireland, Organise! Working Class Resistance #8 - Two New Pamphlets from Organise!

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Date Wed, 23 Feb 2005 10:23:38 +0200 (IST)

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‘Crossing the Border’ (£1.95) was published in November
2004 as, ‘a response to the Workers Solidarity Movement position
paper on partition’. The WSM are an Irish anarchist organisation
who place themselves in a ‘Platformist’ tradition who updated
their position paper ‘The Partition of Ireland‘ in July 2004. In
the pamphlet we reflect ‘the broad range of concerns of members
of Organise! with the WSM position paper’. We believe that an
analysis of partition in Ireland has to be based on a reading of history
which is grounded in the experiences of the working class, one which
is not afraid to question the political and historic ‘certainties’
of nationalism or unionism in Ireland. Promoting class unity over
concentration on partition and demands for national unity or
maintenance of the Union it is a challenge to the dual narrative of
much of what passes for Irish history. It is also, in our opinion, an
essential contribution to the debate from an anarchist perspective.

‘A Wee Black Booke of Belfast Anarchism (1867 - 1973)’
(£2.50), Máirtín Ó Catháin. In the words of the author: "Few
writers and historians have given acknowledgement of the existence of
anarchists and anarchist movements in Belfast though perfunctory
references to small anarchist groups and publications such as the
Belfast Anarchist Collective and Black Star have sometimes escaped
into mainstream publications over the years. This short introduction
does not claim a popular but suppressed mass appeal nor even a
historical continuum for anarchism here... nevertheless [anarchism]
has attracted a number of extraordinary people over the years from the
late nineteenth to the late twentieth century, and the message, method
and spirit of anarchism has rang out in the streets and halls of Belfast
at times of great social radicalism and in periods of inveterate reaction.
This booklet concentrates on the lives of five individuals, only two of
whom have achieved any measure of ‘fame’ on the island of
Ireland: Captain Jack White and John McGuffin".
These pamphlets are available from the Belfast Local of Organise! For
Trade Orders in Britain contact:
For trade enquiries in Ireland contact the Belfast Local of Organise! at
the address below.
[Ed. Note: Organise! is an anarchist group]

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