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The Libertarian - issue 2

category ireland / britain | community struggles | press release author Monday August 28, 2006 21:50author by 1st of May - WSM Report this post to the editors

Local newsletter distributed by WSM in Dublin

The second issue of 'The Libertarian' a local newsletter distributed in Dublin 8 by the WSM is online.

The Liberties -then and now – same as it ever was
‘The Liberties’ gets its name from a number of areas which were outside the medieval walls of Dublin City. This doesn’t mean that they were somehow free - it just means that instead of being under the city’s jurisdiction they were ruled by a different group of masters. The Archbishop of Dublin was the boss of one section, the Earl of Meath was in charge of another, and so on. These men of wealth and power taxed the areas they controlled and made money from them but didn’t really care about anyone who lived there. -

The Afghan Hunger strike and immigration in Ireland
The Afghan hunger strike brought into sharp focus the new Ireland into which our country has been transforming over the last 10 years. Our booming economy and relatively high wage levels have drawn many thousands of immigrants into the country in search of a better life here. Much as the Irish once looked to America for the promise of a happier future, so many people from less well off countries now look to Ireland. -

Asylum Seekers blamed by the rich and lying politicans
Over the past fifteen years those in power made a lot of promises. They promised a country in which everybody would benefit from the economy, one in which poverty and other problems would be left behind. As usual they lied. -

Facts about Asylum Seekers in Ireland
We answer the myths about Asylum Seekers in Ireland -

You can download a PDF file of this issue from

author by Phebus - NEFACpublication date Tue Aug 29, 2006 04:42Report this post to the editors

I wonder why the WSM is now putting out a local newsletter. What's the difference with the paper? Can we see the first issue?

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author by Andrewpublication date Tue Aug 29, 2006 05:39Report this post to the editors

There is no big mystery, over a year ago the Dublin branch grew to a size where we split it into two branches and of these quite a few members of 1st of May live in and around the liberties. We've been distributing papers and leaflets there for years, expermenting with a local newsletter was an obvious step.

I can't find all of issue 1 online but two of the articles are at

If you look around the site and our older ones you'll find other material as well eg

author by Phebus - NEFACpublication date Tue Aug 29, 2006 12:24Report this post to the editors

But still, I fail to see the real difference with WS. It's preatty similar actually in term of style and content. Usualy, groups end up with local newsletter when they have to say that is relevant localy but would not be relevant for a national audience. Or when they want to experiment with a different type of distribution. What do you hope to achieve with the libertarian that cannot be done with worker solidarity?

I'm just curious. When we started Cause commune we put an end to La Nuit (our local newsletter) because it was no longer relevant. Actually, our puting out Cause commune was partly due to arguments put forward by WSM members... So I'm wondering why a group would make the exact opposite decision.

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author by Kevinpublication date Tue Aug 29, 2006 18:07Report this post to the editors

The Cork WSM have done a number of local newsletters over the years. There's a lot of local stuff that goes on that is really only of concern to people in a particular area.

The Libertarian looks similar to the Workers Solidarity (Ireland) in layout and style - and perhaps that is not a good idea - but in principal it a great move to getting a more local production into a neighbourhood of Dublin 8.

Well done.

author by Andrewpublication date Tue Aug 29, 2006 22:24Report this post to the editors

There are a number of significant differences between the two publications.

1. Workers Solidarity is around 4 times longer that the Libertarian allowing it to deal with more issues

2. WS is funded out of national WSM funds while the Libertarian is funded out of 1st of May branch funds. They are not competing for the same financial resources.

3. WS is edited by a group elected from National Conference, the Libertarian is edited by the 1st of May branch - in theory this allows it to respond quicker to events and to have a more local focus. In terms of 'advantages' this is the key difference.

I'd be very worried to replace our national paper (WS) with local ones but I don't see a problem with also having local publications where useful. (In case its not clear WS also gets distributed in this area, we are not distributing the Libertarian as an alternative to it).

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