In Southern Ireland the
economic miracle is well and truly over. As we have predicted and explained for
some time now, the Celtic Tiger phenomenon did not mean that capitalism had
solved any of its contradictions. Now in the context of a declining world market
the only road open to the bosses to protect their profits will be an assault on
workers living standards.
The ongoing conflict between the management of An Post (the Irish state
run postal services) and the Communication Worker’s Union (CWU) may end
up with 1,450 workers losing their jobs, the reduction of workers’
incomes, and the subcontracting of deliveries of mail in rural areas,
if the CWU doesn’t stand up against these attacks.
A remarkable document written by a Republican Socialist, Ta Power, while in gaol in
Ireland in the mid-Eighties. The
significance of the conclusions drawn by this young thinker and fighter, who
made a careful study of Marxism whilst imprisoned, will not be lost on our
readers. Above all the demand that politics and ideology must play the
central role in the struggle for national liberation and socialism, in the
building of a revolutionary party of the working class, will come as a
surprise to many, especially knowing the period and the circumstances in
which this document was written. With an introduction by Gerry Ruddy.
In April a new book by Alan Woods is being published by Wellred Books.
The title of the book is “Ireland: Republicanism and Revolution”. It
looks at the history of the Republican movement from a Marxist
viewpoint. Gerry Ruddy, Ard-Comhairle member of the Irish Republican
Socialist Party, has written a preface to the book, which we provide
here. As he says, “Hopefully, it will stimulate debate and analysis.
Serious revolutionaries, genuine Marxists, committed Republicans will
read this book with thoughtful interest.”
who does not learn from history will forever be doomed to repeat it. It
is time to take stock of the past of the Republican movement and to
draw a balance sheet. Only by such means can we extricate ourselves
from the present impasse, and build the revolutionary movement urgently
needed to prevent a further descent into sectarian chaos and achieve
instead the historic task of overthrowing capitalism and constructing
the 32-county Socialist Republic. This is the introduction to the
recently published book Ireland: Republicanism and Revolution, to be ordered from Wellred Books. (May 2005)