Radical changes in consciousness often spring from arbitrary collective
experiences. Last week’s bombings in London are no exception. On the
surface, the story being broadcast and repeated by the journalists,
politicians, and purveyors of “objective information” appears to be
true. But there is more to it than that.
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.”