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(en) Ireland, Building an anarchist international by National Conference - WSM position paper

Date Wed, 09 Nov 2005 15:25:38 +0200


This is the WSM position paper on 'Building an anarchist
international' agreed at the Oct 2005 WSM National Conference. Note
the explicit reference to Anarkismo.net at the end
1. Capitalism is an international system. It can not contain itself within
national borders. It is organised on an international basis. This is seen
in the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United
Nations, the European Community, the North American Free Trade
Agreement and many other organisations and treaties. It is also seen
in co-operation between governments in the interests of capitalism as
a whole, or of a bloc within capitalism (e.g. the Gulf War).

2. To combat it anarchists need international organisation. There can
be no 'anarchism in one country'. Anarchists believe the only way for
a revolution to survive is to push it as far as possible. This means not
just within the geographical location the revolution started in but
internationally as well.

3.While a single country may be the first to move to anarchism it will
not be able to survive for long if it remains isolated. The idea of
socialism in one country as applied to Ireland would be laughable. The
ruling class, both native and foreign, are not democrats who will stand
by and allow people to take control of their own lives. They will not
only object to losing profits but will also fear the living example of
anarchism in action. Trade boycotts, embargos on supplying raw
materials, economic sabotage, sealing of borders and outright war will
be their answer. An isolated revolution will eventually degenerate both
economically due to isolation and politically. The success of
anarchism is dependant on it spreading across borders.

4.We aim to form an anarchist international of organisations that hold
the same political positions as ourselves. An international where
resources can be freely transferred between the constituent
organisations. This is a major task but it is vital to making an
international revolution.

5. Such an organisation would have agreed policies on major issues
such as the role of anarchist organisations, activity within the trade
unions and relations with the syndicalists, how to combat racism and
fascism, the type of struggle needed to advance the movement for
womens' freedom, anti-imperialist conflicts. It would also have an
agreed international strategy, the capability of fostering international
debate among anarchists and the capability of giving aid to weaker
sections or to those engaged in mass struggle.

6. Such an international organisation is more than a loose network of
like-minded groups. It is not a paper body. It only has a purpose if it
can contribute to the anarchist movement. Therefore it only becomes
real when based on a number of sizable organisations. Anything less
would need finance, administration, translation, publications, and
conferences but would not be capable of making the return necessary
to justify this expenditure of resources.

7. In order to reach a situation where an international
anarchist-communist organisation can be formed we must start
preparing the way now. Our tasks are to:

(1) Establish and maintain contact with other anarchist-communist
groups, and tendencies within other organisations moving in the
direction of our politics.

(2) Making the politics of both the Workers Solidarity Movement
and the 'Platformist' tradition more widely known within the anarchist
movement abroad.

(3) Take part in debates within the international anarchist
movement with an aim of explaining the policies of the Workers
Solidarity Movement, and of getting the various groupings to clarify
their political positions. In particular these are the need for theoretical
and tactical unity, imperialism and trade unions.

(4) Proposing concrete international co-operation on specific issues
where there is agreement between ourselves and other organisations.

8. As we grow we will set up working groups on each country that has
an organisation we are in contact with. These groups will be
responsible for co-ordinating activity directed at these groups,
translating their material and preparing regular reports for conferences
and IB's. The international secretary will co-ordinate such work.

9. We will maintain an international solidarity fund to aid anarchist
and libertarian communist groups in '3rd world' countries. It will be
funded from 5% of members subs, 25% of publication profits and
fund-raising activities. Donations of 10% or less of this fund shall be
decided on by the International Secretary. Donations above this
amount shall be decided on by Delegate Council
Short term section

S1. At a moment we have and will continue to maintain paper
exchanges with class struggle anarchists groups around the world. this
is a good point to start from but it is not enough.

S2 We will maintain contact with all members who emigrate and
encourage them to keep in contact for us.

S3. As none of the current anarchist groups in Britain are moving in
our direction or seem likely do so in the future we should have a
medium term objective of encouraging contacts in Britain towards
setting up an organisation along similar lines to ourselves. When
resources permit, this will involve producing a bulletin for Britain and
organising meetings over there..

S4. The WSM is in agreement with the Editorial statement of
Anarkismo.net which developed out of a previous initiative we took
with the South African WSF. The WSM will have a delegate on the
Anarkismo.net editorial group who will also be responsible for making
sure all relevant WSM material appears on the site. We will contribute
5 euro per member per year to Anarkismo.net from out international
solidarity fund.

[Oct 2005 - to be confirmed by Nov 2005 Delegate council meeting]

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