With every week passing, there are a growing number of workers’ feet on the streets in Ireland, angry with the excesses of Capitalism. The increasing draconian so-called Austerity Measures, whether it be the despicable screwing of ordinary folk by enforced Water-charging, vile evictions, workfare slavery, health care cuts or the deprivation of welfare provisions from the most vulnerable of people. The Irish people are on their feet, rightfully angry and they will not be forced down by Monopoly or Gombeen Capitalism’s lackeys whether they be corrupt politicians or the armed heavy squads of the ‘police’ in their role as zealous defenders of the wealthy elite.
Workers are becoming more class conscious on a daily basis and correctly view the long departed, supposed Celtic Tiger as having a very sharp tail. There is a growing awareness that even if there was another boom, there would inevitably be another cyclic crash and more misery ad infinitum. The only answer for ordinary working-class people is to take control of the means of production and exchange to negate the spiral of misery based on profit known as Capitalism, a system that rewards the few and punishes the vast majority by it’s dynamic.
Increasingly, Irish working class people, whether they be in employment, under-employed or unemployed, through harsh lessons have come to understand the true insidious nature of Capitalism. If Capitalism was personified as an individual, it would be undoubtedly diagnosed by psychiatrists as a dangerous Psychopath, devoid of empathy or conscience. This diagnosis also says a lot about the individual Capitalists, corporations and their tamed or bribed politicians who do their bidding both above and more often, ‘under the table.’
It is the view of The Plough and The Stars that Irish Republican Socialism in the form of the politics of the IRSP can provide an acceptable, proactive alternative to the politicians who have miserably failed us all and build on the justifiable anger at Capitalism’s abject failures as a socio-economic system. Unlike ‘ring road’ socialists who ignore the impact of Imperialism in Ireland or one-dimensional nationalist parties, the Irish Republican Socialist Party in the tradition of James Connolly and it’s co-founder, Seamus Costello, view the class struggle and the fight against Imperialism as inseparable and have been at the forefront of the fightback against the victimisation of the Irish proletariat.
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