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This document, one of a series, outlines General Perspectives on the political situation prior to the SWM Annual Conference.
The SWM holds its Annual Conference every year at this time. Confererence is the highest body of the SWM. It is at conference that policy is decided and the Political Committee is elected.
The Annual Conference is a meeting of all members ot the SWM. Every member should make every possible effort to attend to hear and join in on the discussions and take your part in decision making.
Conference Bulletins like this are produced in the weeks leading up to Conference to prepare the discussion. Any member may have an article printed in the bulletin. Members are particularly encouraged to report their experiences of interest from their branch. Any member may submit a motion for discussion at conference and it will be circulated in a Conference Bulletin.
This bulletin contains the Political Committee’s document on General Perspectives. This looks at the state of the world internationally and at home and proposes the priorities for the year ahead. All branches should organise discussions on this theme in the next couple of weeks.
The piece on General Perspectives examines The Economic Crisis, the Political Crisis, The Left, The Irish Domestic Situation, the Tasks Ahead and Summation. The document concludes:
It’s time to change gear. The downturn of the eighties is gone. We cannot yet speak of an upturn in mass struggles, but a new mood of bitterness and anger exist and the emergence of large scale struggles in the not too distant future is on the agenda. The other side are in dead trouble: their economies are in crisis; they have no explanations that satisfy themselves, let alone masses of the exploited and oppressed; Imperialism is in crisis, seeking to re-assert it’s control in the New World Order, but divided among themselves and fearful that their interventions will end in tears. We have got the monkey of stalinism of our backs. It’s now our tum to say to the enthusiasts of the free-market “Go back to Russia!”. Larger number’s of people are prepared to give our politics a hearing.
Our task ahead is to continue the impetus on recruitment while consolidating and integrating those recruits. If we grasp the opportunities we can have a party of200+ revolutionaries in the next year or so -something that has never existed in Ireland And grasping the opportunities is exactly what our work over the next year is about.
As the Introduction notes:
Bulletin Number two will contain among other things, material on the North and reports from the branches.