Workers Solidarity Movement on building an anarchist international last modified by Feb 2013 National Conference

Building an anarchist international

1. Capitalism is an international system. It can not contain itself within national borders. It is organised on an international basis. This is seen in the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, the European Community, the North American Free Trade Agreement and many other organisations and treaties. It is also seen in co-operation between governments in the interests of capitalism as a whole, or of a bloc within capitalism (e.g. the Gulf War).

2. To combat it anarchists need international organisation. There can be no 'anarchism in one country'. Anarchists believe the only way for a revolution to survive is to push it as far as possible. This means not just within the geographical location the revolution started in but internationally as well.

3.While a single country may be the first to move to anarchism it will not be able to survive for long if it remains isolated. The idea of socialism in one country as applied to Ireland would be laughable. The ruling class, both native and foreign, are not democrats who will stand by and allow people to take control of their own lives. They will not only object to losing profits but will also fear the living example of anarchism in action. Trade boycotts, embargos on supplying raw materials, economic sabotage, sealing of borders and outright war will be their answer. An isolated revolution will eventually degenerate both economically due to isolation and politically. The success of anarchism is dependant on it spreading across borders.

4.We aim to form an anarchist international of organisations that hold the same political positions as ourselves. An international where resources can be freely transferred between the constituent organisations. This is a major task but it is vital to making an international revolution.

5. Such an organisation would have agreed policies on major issues such as the role of anarchist organisations, activity within the trade unions and relations with the syndicalists, how to combat racism and fascism, the type of struggle needed to advance the movement for womens' freedom, anti-imperialist conflicts. It would also have an agreed international strategy, the capability of fostering international debate among anarchists and the capability of giving aid to weaker sections or to those engaged in mass struggle.

6. Such an international organisation is more than a loose network of like-minded groups. It is not a paper body. It only has a purpose if it can contribute to the anarchist movement. Therefore it only becomes real when based on a number of sizable organisations. Anything less would need finance, administration, translation, publications, and conferences but would not be capable of making the return necessary to justify this expenditure of resources.

7. In order to reach a situation where an international anarchist-communist organisation can be formed we must start preparing the way now. Our tasks are to:

(1) Establish and maintain contact with other anarchist-communist groups, and tendencies within other organisations moving in the direction of our politics.

(2) Making the politics of both the Workers Solidarity Movement and the 'Platformist' tradition more widely known within the anarchist movement abroad.

(3) Take part in debates within the international anarchist movement with an aim of explaining the policies of the Workers Solidarity Movement, and of getting the various groupings to clarify their political positions. In particular these are the need for theoretical and tactical unity, imperialism and trade unions.

(4) Proposing concrete international co-operation on specific issues where there is agreement between ourselves and other organisations.

8. As we grow we will set up working groups on each country that has an organisation we are in contact with. These groups will be responsible for co-ordinating activity directed at these groups, translating their material and preparing regular reports for conferences and IB's. The international secretary will co-ordinate such work.

9. We will maintain an international solidarity fund to aid anarchist and libertarian communist groups in '3rd world' countries. It will be funded from 5% of members subs, 25% of publication profits and fund-raising activities. Donations of 10% or less of this fund shall be decided on by the International Secretary. Donations above this amount shall be decided on by Delegate Council

10. The WSM is in agreement with the Editorial statement of which developed out of a previous initiative we took with the South African WSF. The WSM will have a delegate on the editorial group who will also be responsible for making sure all relevant WSM material appears on the site. We will contribute 5 euro per member per year to from out international solidarity fund.


Short term section


  • We will learn from the experience of international groups, by    

  • S1 developing links with anarchists/communists in other countries

  • S2 learning their means and ends and adapt them

  • S3 showing real solidarity – not just a friendly letter

  • S4 Looking at how we can change from reacting to acting
  • [Feb 2013]