Where were the Vanguard?

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(1984 - 2021)

The Workers Solidarity Movement was founded in Dublin, Ireland in 1984 following discussions by a number of local anarchist groups on the need for a national anarchist organization. At that time with unemployment and inequality on the rise, there seemed every reason to argue for anarchism and for a revolutionary change in Irish society. This has not changed. Like most socialists we share a fundamental belief that capitalism is the problem. We believe that as a system it must be ended, that the wealth of society should be commonly owned and that its resources should be used to serve the needs of humanity as a whole and not those of a small greedy minority. But, just as importantly, we see this struggle against capitalism as also being a struggle for freedom. We believe that socialism and freedom must go together, that we cannot have one without the other. Anarchism has always stood for individual freedom. But it also stands for democracy. We believe in democratizing... (From: WSM.ie.)


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Where were the Vanguard?

The Irish Left is very small. However history has shown that it is possible to have influence far out of proportion to your numbers. So what strategy did these highly organized groups committed to fighting for womens’ liberation adopt. Militant Socialist placed all its efforts in electioneering for one of their members, Joe Higgins, who was standing in a Dublin West (a General Election being called for the same day as the referendum). Their only presence in the pro-choice movement was to turn up in mass to a Repeal the Eighth Amendment Conference (REAC) in order to get of of their members elected onto committee and try (but fail!) to get other left groups off.

The Socialist Workers Movement concentrated on their age old policy of showing up the “pro-life” movements as the bigots they really are, chiefly by holding counter demonstrations when ever the “pro-lifers” marched. In one instance worthy of a black comedy both Democratic Left and the SWM held separate counter demonstrations on the same weekend. Both refused to support each others’ event, both claiming the other was being ultra-leftist.

Five weeks before the referendum the SWM attempted to set up a ‘Youth Against Bigotry’ campaign. However this disappeared very quickly without trace. Both Militant and the SWM put party building before politics. Recruitment was prioritized above gaining a victory in the referendum.

The Dublin Spartacists, a small and not often seen organization leafleted against womens oppression whenever anyone else provided them with an opportunity to do so. They could not get involved in any Right to Choose campaign as they believed all these campaigns were in fact campaigning against abortion!!

DL, Labor Party, Workers Party, SWM and Militant members took no part in any campaigning groups on the ground. The only Green Party members working on the referendum were in the “pro-life” camp.

(Source: Retrieved on 10th October 2021 from struggle.ws.)

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