Everybody’s getting caught up in a national ripple instead of concentrating on being the community rock that causes it. All talk is of the general election when we haven’t quite yet won the water war.
Some combination of the same three established parties have been abusing power since the constitution of the state. They are bound to, and bound by, a system that neither serves nor protects the people of Ireland. Those same parties, when in power manipulate both the constitution and the electorate in an effort to protect the system that has served them so well.
The system of rule we allow is broken.
Centralised power has concentrated the ability to influence the direction of the nation in the hands of a powerful few. We consent to this by our inability to affect change at community level. Corrupt, ineffective or simply absent representation has ensured that the programme of austerity as enforced by successive administrations has wreaked maximum devastation on the communities of Ireland.
Unless we politicise and mobilise at community level, the state will continue to suffer mismanagement and we, the people will continue to suffer under policies informed and enforced by governments who will prioritise subjugation to external greed over the welfare of the nation.
Centralised power does not allow a platform for community concerns, yet it is only by voicing our concerns as communities that we find a platform from which to challenge the state.
Centralised power denies communities the ability to express themselves politically because the distribution of power necessary to allow local input to a national debate does not exist.
It is only by educating, organising and agitating communities from the grassroots up that the will of the people can be truly expressed. To even begin arguing that the Protest Movement can be the catalyst for radical political change, it must be accepted that all real and beneficial change can only have its origins in the communities that make up this mass of free association that is the Protest Movement.
Educating communities will allow them to make their own informed decisions.
Organised communities will identify or formulate for themselves the processes needed to politicise and mobilise.
Such communities are then free to employ whatever means necessary to force the change they desire.
We the people exhibited great intellect and admirable resourcefulness in our actions on the water issues. We identified a common enemy and attacked it. We did it as communities and through the political nature of our protests. We the people have done irreparable damage to the business entity that is Irish Water and the programme of metering that will see it privatised. We did that not at the behest of a governing body, an organisational mastermind or an instruction from above, but as friends, families, neighbourhoods and communities with an almost organic ability to support and promote each other.
We altogether and at the same time gave birth to this Movement for Change.
Again and again, we have shown that that we can be political without affiliation, that we can organise without instruction and that we will show up without staging yet still when we should be identifying strategies that can be deployed at community level we are distracted by arguments that are only relevant at a national level.
Affiliation must take second place to the desire for change – there must be an acceptable level of tolerance for personal bias or ignorance within the Protest Movement for the movement to evolve beyond factionalism.
Without armed revolution, centralised power can only be attacked from within the system that protects it. We must attack the foundations, and, to do that we need more activity at grassroots level. We need to start thinking of our communities as units of resistance instead of using them as instruments of protest.
The Protest Movement is focused on an issue that has caused occasional mass protest, in Dublin and usually on a Saturday or Sunday. The State doesn’t work weekends, and the only reason we’ve been getting away with it is that it suits The State for us to wander the streets of Dublin focusing all that energy and anger and disaffection and hate on the Water Charge. The State carries on unmolested, while we continue down the tunnel of love that is Irish Protest.
Unless we immediately address the problems caused by centralised manipulation of the Protest Movement we’re all going to drown in The Water.
As usual, there’s far too much to say – this half arsed post can be a work in progress.