Getting involved

Anarchism is a very simple idea &endash; basically society should be organised in a non-hierarchical way, it should not be divided into order-givers and order-takers. We don't need bosses, politicians, bishops or anybody else to tell us how to live our lives. Anarchists look to a society which will be based on the idea of "from each according to ability, to each according to need".

We want to bring about a society based on real grassroots democracy where power remains at local level and is organised upwards through workplace and community councils.

This society will only be brought about through revolution! There is an old anarchist slogan which says that if elections changed anything they would be illegal. This is not just an empty slogan. The thinking behind it is that real democratic change cannot come from the top down but must be built from the bottom up. Instead of voting in elections and effectively giving someone else control of our lives, we stand for direct action and solidarity among and between workers. Real and meaningful change will only come about through our own efforts and by our own strength &endash; when we all stand together against exploitation and wage slavery.

The Workers Solidarity Movement &endash; as we got to print &endash; has launched an anti-election campaign. Instead of choosing which small gang of politicians will rule us for the next few years, anarchists are urging their neighbours and workmates to consider ending the division of people into rulers and ruled, bosses and workers. Thousands of anti-election manifestos have already been delivered to homes around the country. If you haven't got one yet, call 087-7939931 and we'll send you a copy.

Members of the WSM are also active in their trade unions, in the campaigns against the bin tax, and in the ongoing struggle against racism. We produce this paper, the magazine Red & Black Revolution, and the occasional Anarchist News bulletin. With our relatively small numbers there is a limit to what we can do. That's why we need people like you to get involved. If you like what you've in this paper, maybe you would be willing to take 10 or more copies to distribute among friends, workmates or neighbours. The more people who read about the ideas and the more people who get involved in struggle, the sooner we will reach our objective &endash; a world free of poverty and exploitation. A world where freedom is a reality for all.

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This edition is No70 published in June 2002

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