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Public Meeting
The Anarchist Alternative to Capitalism
Wednesday 6th June at 8pm in the Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
Organised by the Dublin 8 Branch of Workers Solidarity Movement


Tweedeledum or Tweedledee? Who should I choose??

Public Meeting

The Anarchist Alternative to Capitalism

Wednesday 6th June at 8pm in the Teachers' Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
Organised by the Dublin 8 Branch of the Workers Solidarity Movement

May 24th 2007 and the people of the Republic of Ireland set out to cast their votes in the general election. But this election is a total farce, where the people get to choose between a list of nearly identical politicians, with identical policies, based on promises that nobody believes. That’s what they call democracy.


In their election campaigns all the parties have been saying the same things. They are all for a “properly funded health system”, “affordable housing”, “a modern and efficient public transport system”, “investment in schools” and so on. They have presented us with a set of wild promises for achieving these goals, supported by vague and implausible plans. In four or five years’ time, they’ll be back with the same policies, the same promises and the same problems.


After years of economic boom we are left with a disastrous health system, an underfunded and demoralised education system and gridlocked transport. Still, all of the major parties continue with policies which are virtually identical. Their only real disagreements are on trivial differences in their vague spending promises.
Supposedly, we live in a democracy, and in a democracy the people have the power. But what power do we have when the only say that we get in how our society is run is a choice between nearly identical parties every five years?


If you think that we can solve our problems by voting and waiting for politicians to sort it out, you are fooling yourself. Politicians look after themselves and their powerful friends. If ordinary people want to have any say in the running of our society, we need to get active, organise and fight for ourselves.


Public Meeting

The Anarchist Alternative to Capitalism

Wednesday 6th June at 8pm in the Teachers' Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
Organised by the Dublin 8 Branch of Workers Solidarity Movement

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