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(en) Ireland, Belfast: An Anarchist Alternative

Date Mon, 08 May 2006 21:31:25 +0300

WSM members took part in this years Mayday demonstration in Belfast (as well
as those in Dublin and Cork). Below is the text of the leaflet we distributed
in Belfast. You can download the PDF version from the link at the end of the file.
WSM banner on Belfat Mayday - picture by Ciarán Ó Brolcháin from indymedia.ie
An Anarchist Alternative -- Anarchist ideas link a criticism of capitalist society
with a vision of a new way of organising human society. Essentially anarchism is a
system of socialism which opposes capitalism as well as the state and hierarchy
which impose and reinforce capitalism.

An anarchist society can’t be brought about by a small group of
people. Even in Ireland a successful anarchist revolution would require
tens of thousands of active anarchists. Anarchists living on every street and
active in every workplace. One anarchist organisation active in Ireland is
the Workers Solidarity Movement (WSM). This leaflet allows us to tell you
a little about what we do and what we stand for.

We believe that an anarchist society can only be created as a result of the
class struggle between the vast majority of society (the working class) and
the tiny minority that currently rule. A successful revolution will require
that anarchist ideas become the leading ideas within the working class.
This will not happen spontaneously. Our role is to help popularise and
promote these ideas.

A major focus of our activity is our work within the economic
organizations of the working class, the trade unions. As members of the
working class it is only natural that we should also be members of these
mass organizations. Within the unions we fight for democratic structures
so that they can be controlled by the rank and file.

We also see it as vital to work in struggles that happen outside the unions
and the workplace. These include struggles against particular oppressions,
imperialism and indeed the struggles of the working class for a decent
place and environment in which to live. Our general approach to these, like
our approach to the unions, is to involve ourselves with mass movements
and within these movements, in order to promote anarchist methods of
organisation involving direct democracy and direct action.

We reject the idea that society can be changed through ‘good
people’ gaining control of the power structures. This means we reject
both the electoral strategy of the social democratic and green parties and
the ‘revolutionary’ strategy of the various left groups. We oppose
imperialism but put forward anarchism as an alternative goal to
nationalism. We actively oppose all manifestations of prejudice within the
workers’ movement and society in general and we work alongside
those struggling against racism, sexism, sectarianism and homophobia as
a priority. We see the success of a revolution and the successful
elimination of these oppressions after the revolution being determined by
the building of such struggles in the pre-revolutionary period. The methods
of struggle that we promote are a preparation for the running of society
along anarchist and communist lines after the revolution.

The WSM has been helping to build an anarchist movement since the
1980’s. For most of this time we have been active in Dublin and Cork
where we fought against ‘social partnership’ in the unions and
have worked in many strike support groups. For our small numbers we
played an important role in the fight for divorce and abortion rights in the
republic. In both Dublin and Cork we fought against the imposition of bin
tax on the working population and helped defeat the attempt to bring the
water tax to Dublin. We also helped organize the major protests against the
2004 EU Summit in Dublin. Currently we are active in the anti-war
struggle, in particular in opposition to the republic’s policy of allowing
US war and torture planes to use Shannon and Baldonnel airports. Our
members are taking part in the solidarity camp at Rossport where Shell are
trying to force a potentially dangerous pipeline on the local inhabitants and
jailed 5 of the locals for resisting this pipeline. We are also involved in
struggles to organise insecure and in particular migrant workers.

As the WSM has grown in recent years we are expanding outside of
Dublin and Cork. We are currently organizing a branch in Derry but we
also want to make contact with people elsewhere interested in anarchism
who may want to work with, or indeed join the WSM. If you’re
interested contact us.
By Email: wsm_ireland@yahoo.com
By Post: PO Box 1528, Dublin 8

If you would like more information write to us for a membership pack or
visit our web site at http://www.wsm.ie
On the web site you will find articles from our free paper Workers
Solidarity and our magazine Red and Black Revolution as well as an
archive of thousands of articles about anarchism and struggles in Ireland.

A PDF file of this leaflet can be download from
http://www.struggle.ws/pdfs/leaflets/maydayBelfast06.pdf - please make
copies of it and distribute it locally. If you do let us know via our Contact
Us form at http://www.wsm.ie/general_contact_page
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