10 Reasons Why You Should Join The Irish Republican Socialist Party
- Only the IRSP has 40 years of unapologetic ideological adherence to the ideology of James Connolly, that effectively and seamlessly asserts that Ireland can never be truly free under the Capitalist system. As Connolly famously stated:
“If you remove the English army tomorrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle, unless you set about the organization of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain. England would still rule you. She would rule you through her capitalists, through her landlords, through her financiers, through the whole array of commercial and individualist institutions she has planted in this country and watered with the tears of our mothers and the blood of our martyrs”
2. Unlike other Irish Republican groups where at best Socialism is given a vague nod of recognition, a “stage” that may, perhaps, be pursued after a unitary state is achieved, history has shown us that the closer one-dimensional nationalist parties come to achieving power, the quicker they drop any reference to previous Socialist rhetoric and embrace respectability and reformism. The IRSP has always maintained that the only truly free Ireland is one where there is economic freedom.
3. Contrary to most other parties in Ireland today who describe themselves as ‘Socialist’, ‘Communist’ etc, yet ignore the ‘elephant in the living-room’ ie, the impact of British imperialism in Ireland, the IRSP has never ceased to confront Imperialism which Lenin described as the ‘highest stage of Capitalism.’ During the popular national liberation struggle, volunteers of the INLA played a full role in all aspects of that period of armed struggle.
4. As a revolutionary socialist party the IRSP rejects the Good Friday and St Andrews Agreements, the Stormont puppet assembly et al, not least as it copper-fastens partition, reinforces sectarianism and does absolutely nothing to improve the lot of the Irish working-class.
5. The IRSP is THE only party in Ireland who has, since it’s inception 40 years ago, advocated the full implementation of Women’s rights, including free contraception, divorce and abortion on demand. This was unheard of in an Ireland that was completely dominated by the values of the Catholic Church.
6. The IRSP has spearheaded and played a leading role in both Republican and popular campaigns; from the RACs. the Smash H/Block Armagh campaigns of the late 1970’s/early 80’s, to contemporary campaigns such as the anti-water charge campaign that is quickly gaining momentum in Ireland.
7. The Republican Socialist Movement has always been viewed as a threat to both the status quo in the occupied north-east of Ireland and the 26 county Gombeen state. Throughout it’s history, the IRSP’s articulate leaders have been the subject of assassination by military death-squads, selective internment, imprisonment on the dubious words of paid perjurers and blatant frame-ups.
8. The IRSP is not a abstentionist party but qualifies that position by the words of the party’s co-founder, Seamus Costello’s revolutionary approach:
“I favour guerrilla tactics in parliament the same as I do in other respects.I favour them in local elections and local government bodies, they’ve proved successful there. And I see no reason, why, with a few TDs or MPs, of the right calibre, pursuing the right policies, why they cannot destroy the confidence of the people within these institutions and bring them tumbling down in ruins”
9. “UNDERSTAND THE PAST so that we may ANALYSE THE PRESENT in order to INFLUENCE THE FUTURE” were the bold yet realistic last words in INLA guerilla and Marxist theorist Ta Power’s essay on the Irish Republican Socialist Movement. The IRSP are actively involved in that process.
10. If you are interested in the politics of the IRSP, then there are ample ways to contact the party online via the part’s website, the IRSP Facebook page or by contacting your local IRSP representative.