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.
We do not want to become rulers nor do we want to seize power "on behalf of the working class". We have no interest in replacing one set of bosses with another. Instead we work for a free socialist society where everyone can have a direct say in making the decisions that will effect them.
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. 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.
The Workers Solidarity Movement has been busy over the last couple of months. Our campaign around the general election saw thousands of homes get leaflets outlining the anarchist alternative, in several constituencies the people doing tallies reported a noticeable number of ballot papers with 'anarchism' written across them.
The June bank holiday weekend saw 50 or so anarchists heading off to Achill Island for the first of a series of camping weekends where rebels from around the country can meet up and get to know each other. Later that month a delegation from the WSM traveled to Spain to join the anti-capitalist demonstrations at the EU Summit in Seville, while at home thousands of copies of Anarchist News were distributed explaining what the summit was all about and how it will effect all of us. And just as went to press the Derry Anarchist web site announced they were launching on July 30th, check it out at http://homepage.ntlworld.com/derryanarchistnews/
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 read 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.
We are currently setting up a libertarian campaign to argue for a No vote in the second Nice referendum this Autumn. We hope to arrange an initial meeting in mid to late August. If you'd like to attend this meeting or be informed of developments please contact us.
The form of the campaign has yet to be defined but we would hope its message would be broadly similar to that of the last anarchist campaign on Nice. Details of that campaign can be found at http://struggle.ws/about/nice.html
This edition is No71 published in July 2002