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(en) Ireland, Anarchist journal Workers Solidarty #92 - Anarchism and the WSM

Date Fri, 07 Jul 2006 16:34:29 +0300


The Workers Solidarity Movement is an organisation which gathers
together working class anarchists with the aim of maximising the
impact of anarchist ideas.
By working together as anarchists we can combine the resources
of many people; we're able to produce and distribute significant
propaganda on a regular basis ­ over 6,000 copies of this paper are
distributed; it means being able collectively discuss and prioritise
which political campaigns at any one time; it means people are able
to step back from political activity when busy, yet still keep in touch
and contribute a little.
The WSM believes that members should have a high degree of
agreement so that we can act effectively. Perhaps most importantly,
our anarchism is outward looking in that we see revolution coming
from the working class and not any political elite either armed or
elected.
Single issue campaigns are vital because they defend our standards
of living as well as giving us confidence to go on and challenge
the system itself. With this in mind we aim to participate in the
struggles of the class, but we are clear that we do so not only in
solidarity but also as anarchists.
We aim to encourage directly democratic methods in the campaign
as well as being honest about the limitations of the campaign itself.
A victory, e.g. preventing US troops from using Shannon would be
good but insufficient to overcome imperialism. For the working
class in Ireland and abroad need to implement more fundamental
change.
Anarchist ideas aren't going to spread by magic, especially given
the massive opposition of the state and the rich. We want to see
anarchists on every street and workplace in Ireland, anarchists
who are involved with their neighbours in community campaigns,
involved with workers when fighting the boss. For that we need
more people ­ a lot more people ­ to organise and participate as
anarchists in the ongoing class war. The easiest way to do this is to
think about joining the WSM, but in any case organising is essential
if we are to have an impact.
Anarchism is still a very small voice on the Irish political scene.
But in the last few years we have crafted a solid beginning. If you
are interested in joining you can get in contact at the address on
the back page.
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