It is impossible to
understand the Easter Rising without understanding the ideas of its leader,
James Connolly, who considered himself a Marxist and based himself on the ideas
of Internationalism and the class struggle. (Written by Ted Grant in 1966 on
the 50th anniversary of the uprising.) Read the article here.
leader of the Easter 1916 uprising was James Connolly. There have been many
attempts to portray him simply as an Irish nationalist. But Connolly was, first
and foremost, a militant workers' leader and a Marxist. He alone in the annals
of the British and Irish Labour Movement succeeded in developing the ideas of
Marxism. (Written in 2001 on the 85th anniversary of the uprising.) Read the article here.
For the interest of
our readers we publish a speech delivered by Paul Little (of the IRSP Ard Comhairle) on Sunday, 23rd March, at the Republican
Socialist Plot, Milltown Cemetery, Belfast.
He explains that the aim of the IRSP is “to oust imperialism, oust capitalism
in all its guises and end the occupation and exploitation of the Irish working class.”
On February 23 three comrades of the
International Marxist Tendency attended the Republican Socialist Youth
Movement’s (RSYM) winter day school in Belfast. Jim Daly, Sean McGowan and
Bernadette McAliskey spoke on various aspects on the question of Republicanism
and Socialism and the role of the working class. Francesco Merli spoke on
Venezuela. There was keen interest in the ideas of Marxism and the school bodes
well for the development of the RSYM.
Over 150 years ago Ireland lost a staggering 13% of
its population to death by disease and starvation. How could it be that Britain, which
was still the richest and most powerful country in the world, could not prevent
this horrific death toll? The answer is simple ‑ the British ruling-classes did
not want to minimize the death toll, on the contrary, they welcomed it!