Resistance – Irish Socialist Network – Out Now. April 21, 2012Posted by guestposter in Economy, European Politics, Irish Politics, The Left.
Many thanks to DF for the following on behalf of the ISN. The current edition is a great read with a lot of thought provoking material -wbs
The spring 2012 edition of Resistance, the publication of the Irish Socialist Network, is now available. It can be read online at www.irishsocialist.net. Print copies can be found in Connolly Books in Dublin and Solidarity Books in Cork, or if you would like us to post you copies, just mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The latest Resistance has articles on Ireland’s trade union movement, winners and losers of the crisis, Scottish independence, the New Anti-Capitalist Party in France and Europe’s radical left. The online edition also includes a long article on the crisis of the UK state by Scottish socialist Allan Armstrong.
Reader of the Cedar Lounge Revolution might be especially interested in the article on France by Colin Falconer, an activist in the New Anti-Capitalist Party. French voters will soon go to the polls to elect a new president—the outcome is far more significant for Ireland than the US presidential race, which has been given wall-to-wall coverage in the media.
Since the end of the Cold War, France has had one of the strongest left-wing movements in Europe, with important struggles like the public-sector strikes of 1995 and the movement against the CPE employment law in 2006, and strong electoral performances by the radical left. It also has not one but two new left parties: the New Anti-Capitalist Party, founded by the Trotskyist LCR and its allies in 2008-9, and the Left Front, whose main components are the French Communist Party and a group of breakaway Socialists led by Jean-Luc Mélanchon, a minister in Lionel Jospin’s ‘plural left’ government in the ‘90s.
Mélanchon is running for the presidency as the Left Front’s candidate, and has been going from strength to strength since the campaign began; recently, he has begun to outpoll Marine Le Pen of the National Front and the centrist politican Francois Bayrou. The NPA’s candidate Philippe Poutou, however, is way out of contention, and will struggle to win even 1% of the vote.
Colin’s article discusses some of the problems the NPA has encountered since its launch: