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(en) Ireland, WCR #9 - CLASS WAR - The Attack on Working People

Date Tue, 12 Jul 2005 08:23:14 +0300

Cutbacks seem the order of the day as the New Labour
government continues to wield the neo-liberal,
anti-working class, axe across the north. From the
BBC to education cuts, from attacks on pensions to
water reform, the onslaught on our livelihoods and our
standards of living continues apace.
The peace dividend has been an illusion for our class,
as over the last 15 years the rich have got richer and
the poor poorer, with 1/3 of our children living in
poverty and our wages 22% lower than the rest of
Britain and the Republic. The current state of the
‘process’ surely demands that we make this ‘peace’ our
own and in doing so take up the struggle in that other
war being waged ruthlessly against us.
We need to begin that fight-back now. While
recognising that the working-class is in a pretty poor
condition to resist at present we do not believe the
situation is entirely hopeless. We do however need to
get rid of a few of the albatrosses from around our
Sectarianism, faith in political parties and reliance
on trade union bureaucrats all divide, weaken and sap
the initiative that working class people are clearly
capable of. Authoritarianism and nationalist
sentiment stifles and divides us at every turn.
Racism and sexism must also be defeated, working class
women and men, of all colours, must unite in
opposition to the bosses – the only people to profit
from bigotry and division. We need to build
resistance in our communities and workplaces, we need
to reclaim both from apathy, from scabs and
anti-social criminals, from parasitic landlords and
bosses. We can and should police ourselves, we can
and should make the decisions on the issues that
effect us, we can and should run our communities and
workplaces directly.
Yes we need socialism, but not the lie of a socialism
directed from above by a political party allegedly
acting on our behalf. Socialism for us means workers
control and direct democracy. We can’t take control
of our lives and the means to live through parliament
– there is no parliamentary road to socialism.
Some have balked at our use of the language of class
war in the past – no doubt they will continue to do
so. Many will no doubt be appalled at the very use of
the term ‘class war’. We make no apologies. The
class war is the ongoing reality of our lives as
working class women and men. The class war is a war
being deliberately conducted by and on behalf of
capitalism both locally and globally. What ever way
you look at it there is no denying that we are on the
receiving end of an increasingly confident and
aggressive capitalism. This is class war – and its
time to fight back.

J Brannigan

From the pages of Working Class Resistance, 16 page
magazine of Organise!, now available in text and PDF
formats at:


From: Organise Ireland <organiseireland@yahoo.ie>
[Ed. Note: Organise! is an anarchist group]

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