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Chris Hedges – Socialist, Presbyterian Minister, Anti-Imperialist & Pro Palestine Activist

Posted in Socialism, Solidaity, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2017 by The Plough & The Stars

 

Easily Grasped Introductions To Marxist Dialectics

Posted in Karl Marx, Mao, Maoism, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2016 by The Plough & The Stars

 

 

The videos above and the opinions within are solely the work of the creators and go some way to explaining Marxist Dialectics in the means for which it was intended, ie, for the benefit of ordinary working class people…

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On Religion…

Posted in Karl Marx, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 14, 2016 by The Plough & The Stars

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From: A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right (Karl Marx)

For National Liberation & A Socialist Republic

Posted in IRSM, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 12, 2015 by The Plough & The Stars

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“Ireland without her people is nothing to me, and the man who is bubbling over with love and enthusiasm for ‘Ireland’, and can yet pass unmoved through our streets and witness all the wrong and the suffering, the shame and the degradation wrought upon the people of Ireland, aye, wrought by Irishmen upon Irishmen and women, without burning to end it, is, in my opinion, a fraud and a liar in his heart, no matter how he loves that combination of chemical elements which he is pleased to call ‘Ireland’.” (James Connolly: The Coming Generation 1900 )

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“Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.” (Karl Marx)

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To subvert the tyranny of our execrable government, to break the connection with England, the never failing source of all our political evils, and to assert the independence of my country—these were my objects. To unite the whole people of Ireland, to abolish the memory of all past dissentions, and to substitute the common name of Irishman, in the place of the denominations of Protestant, Catholic, and Dissenter—these were my means.”

To unite Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter under the common name of Irishmen in order break the connection with England, the never failing source of all our political evils, that was my aim“.

If the men of property will not support us, they must fall. Our strength shall come from that great and respectable class, the men of no property“. (Theobald Wolfe Tone)

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The Praxis of James Connolly’s Irish Republican Socialism

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2015 by The Plough & The Stars

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James Connolly’s last public statement:

To the Field General Court Martial, held at Dublin Castle, on May 9th, 1916

I do not wish to make any defence except against charges of wanton cruelty to prisoners. These trifling allegations that have been made, if they record facts that really happened deal only with the almost unavoidable incidents of a hurried uprising against long established authority, and nowhere show evidence of set purpose to wantonly injure unarmed persons.

We went out to break the connection between this country and the British Empire, and to establish an Irish Republic. We believed that the call we then issued to the people of Ireland, was a nobler call, in a holier cause, than any call issued to them during this war, having any connection with the war. We succeeded in proving that Irishmen are ready to die endeavouring to win for Ireland those national rights which the British Government has been asking them to die to win for Belgium. As long as that remains the case, the cause of Irish freedom is safe.

Believing that the British Government has no right in Ireland, never had any right in Ireland, and never can have any right in Ireland, the presence, in any one generation of Irishmen, of even a respectable minority, ready to die to affirm that truth, makes that Government for ever a usurpation and a crime against human progress.

I personally thank God that I have lived to see the day when thousands of Irish men and boys, and hundreds of Irish women and girls, were ready to affirm that truth, and to attest it with their lives if need be.

 James Connolly, Marxist Revolutionary
James Connolly is the ideological Father of Irish Republican Socialism. His words are as valid today as they were a Century ago. Even the most casual study of his writings confirm the Irish Republican Socialist vision that the working class can have no real freedom without economic freedom, ie, an Irish Workers’ Republic with the Proletariat in control of the means of production, commodities and exchange. Connolly correctly believed that the cause of national liberation and the class struggle are symbiotic.

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Connolly who was originally from the Cowgate in Edinburgh, Scotland was only 5 foot in height but he wielded power that made him a giant amongst those one-dimensional Nationalists, many of whom went on to accept The Treaty,eventually turning borrowed British weaponry against former comrades and out-brutalising the British in their treatment of Irish Republicans. Back then the reformists labelled Republicans as ‘Irregulars’ and ‘Die hards’ today they’d be called ‘dissidents’ by the pro-establishment parties and media

Ireland’s best known Marxist revolutionary whose example of revolutionary Praxis (the combination of theory and action) was courageously tested to the bitter end.

The quote from Karl Marx’s The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon, is apt::
“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, secondly as farce.”

The Irish historical dialectic, it’s cyclic nature was identified by Connolly and vindicated tragically. Perhaps James Connolly’s best known quotation acknowledges this this yet only Irish Republican Socialists have learned from it, in fact it should never be forgotten, especially in today’s times where many are being led by the nose by neo-Liberals posing as revolutionaries:

“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.”

irsp imperialists out

Alex McGuigan

An Irish Citizen Army for the 21st Century

Posted in activism, Ireland, Irish Citizen Army, IRSCNA, IRSM, IRSP, James Connolly, Jim Larkin, Trade Unions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2014 by The Plough & The Stars

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The Irish Republican Socialist Movement has the very real potential of fully taking on the role of an Irish Citizens Army for the 21st Century. Connolly’s ICA was Europe’s first ‘Red Army’ and was intrinsically linked to the nascent militant trade unions of the day, taking direct action against employer abuse of workers, scabs, rack-renters et al. More significant was the clause, moved by Larkin, that,

‘Before being enrolled into the ICA, every applicant must, if eligible, be a member of his trade union.”

100 years later the lot of the Irish working-class is steadily regressing, poverty and housing is a disgrace, racism/fascism is raising it’s ugly head and there are more William martin Murphy clones living it up in 2014 than 1914 while we cravenly are told to tighten our belts by hypocritical politicians who spend more on a meal than many Irish families can afford to spend on the annual bare necessities. At the behest of Foreign bankers, foreign governments and global Capitalism working people are as ruthlessly exploited and cast aside, in even more punitive ways as those that have been the hallmark of the hated homegrown Gombeen variety.   Forced ‘austerity measures’ on workers with ‘zero hour contracts’, the shameful decimation of Ireland’s hospitals, public services, destroying Irish lives and the despicable evictions of families from their homes.

Direct actions by IRSP activists against Zionist products in solidarity with the besieged people of Gaza was praised by our comrades in the PFLP

Connollyite National Liberation and Socialism as opposed to Walkerite ‘Gas & Water Socialism!’

Unlike one-dimensional nationalists, such as Provisonal Sinn Fein, whose leadership backed the employers in the Great Dublin Lock-out of a century ago and in contemporary times continue in a similar modus operandi, Republican Socialists, as a genuine Connollyite movement who, in the words of the IRSM’s co-founder, Seamus Costello, primarily  we owe our allegiance to the working class! Likewise, unlike the Brit-centric  Left or ‘2 nations socialists’, the IRSM do not adopt their myopic approach that ignores the presence and impact of British imperialism and view the class struggle and the national liberation struggle as inseparable, in the same approach as Connolly, Larkin, Mellows, Costello and Ta Power.

Without second-guessing any potential overall strategy or tactical directions, it is suffice that as a Marxist revolutionary party the words of both Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels strongly influence Irish Republican Socialists:

1) “We have nothing to lose but our chains – we have a world to win!”
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2) ” The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways, the point, however, is to change it!”
and:

3) “An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory” (F.Engels: Anti-Duhring)

Saoirse go deo!

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By Alex McGuigan
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