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Socialist Voice May 3, 2016

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The May issue of Socialist Voice is now available online at:  http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/index.html

Water: Scarce commodity or valuable natural resource?  Jimmy Doran:

 http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/01-water.html

As Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael agree to set up another committee to manage the affairs of the rich, water charges and Irish Water have been used as a political football between them. In this centenary year it just goes to show that James Connolly got it right when he wrote: “If you remove the English army to-morrow and hoist the Green Flag over Dublin Castle, unless you set about the organisation of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain. 

Opinion
Two strategies: Connolly’s (1916) and Sinn Féin’s (2016): 
D. R. O’Connor Lysaght

http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/02-sinnfein.html

James Connolly is presented as the ideological inspiration of the majority of the politically committed in the 26-county Republic of Ireland. Of that state’s four main parties, only Fine Gael would deny him this role, tracing its roots to a compost of John Redmond and Michael Collins. Its rivals, Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, and Labour, each describe themselves as the keeper of Connolly’s flame. 

Tories’ attack on doctors is only the beginning: Tommy McKearney

http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/03-doctors.html

Do you, like me, subscribe to the view that Britain’s Conservatives are an unscrupulous lot, forever searching for new ways to make the rich even richer? With this in mind, and in spite of the absence of documentary proof, it strikes me that the intensely bitter dispute between junior doctors in Britain and the Tories’ secretary of state for health, Jeremy Hunt, is about more than just pay. 

Time to get rid of special courts: Paul Doran

http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/04-specialcourt.html
With the election now over, the issue of the Special Criminal Court has been largely forgotten—that is, unless you are stuck in one of Europe’s most disgusting prisons, namely Port Laoise, where “slopping out” is still the practice. 

Irish GDP: The great con trick: Eoghan M. Ó Néill

http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/05-gdp.html

Capitalism has been in stagnation for decades. Economic growth has been sluggish, rarely rising above 2 per cent. Ireland, on the other hand, is once again the poster economy of capitalism. Having cast off the shameful remnants of the “Celtic Tiger” years and the financial crisis of 2008, Ireland is once again an economic powerhouse, with the growth in its gross domestic product (GDP) 

Marxist ecology

http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/06-environment.html

After all, the fight to avoid a catastrophic outcome to this crisis engendered by capitalism is the fight to safeguard the material conditions for survival with dignity of humankind . . . Socialism is not possible on a scorched Earth.”—Alexandre Costa.¹ 

Books

The radicalism of Swift: Jenny Farrell

http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/07-swift.html

Almost everybody in Ireland has at some point read Jonathan Swift’s book Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World by Lemuel Gulliver (1726). No doubt readers of Socialist Voice know that at some levels Swift’s brilliant satire targets the relationship of Britain and its colony, Ireland. 

Climate change scam: Tomás Mac Síomóin
http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/08-climate.html

As the unprecedented series of winter rainstorms indicate, Ireland is not immune to radical climate change. The increase in temperature of the South Atlantic, from which most of our rain comes, enhances evaporation from the ocean’s surface, hence the formation of rain-bearing clouds that are carried towards us by the prevailing winds. 

The Marxist alternative to capitalism:Nicola Lawlor  

http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/09-hudis.html

Peter Hudis, Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2013)

Marx, quite correctly, didn’t leave a blueprint for socialism. His primary aim was to study and reveal the true workings of capitalism, the dominant socio-economic, political and cultural system, and how it reproduced itself. However, in doing this Marx did see how capitalism would evolve and ultimately give rise to a future society, socialism or communism, born out of and replacing capitalism through the logic of capitalism itself 

The mutilation of girls must be stopped
http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/10-fgm.html

It is estimated that more than 200 million women and girls in thirty countries have undergone female genital mutilation.

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1. Alibaba - May 4, 2016

This article caught my attention: Two strategies: Connolly’s (1916) and (Sinn Féin’s 2016). I think it is fair to say that the nature of James Connolly’s politics allows for varied interpretations. And those who ‘describe themselves as the keeper of Connolly’s flame’ come aplenty for sure.

But what about his much quoted: “The cause of Labour is the cause of Ireland and the cause of Ireland is the cause of Labour.”? Connolly said “They cannot be dissevered.” For him, it was indivisible; one flows from the other. The nub of this was dissolving the political independence of the working class into revolutionary nationalism.

It is true to say Connolly was an ‘internationalist socialist’, even though his participation in the Rising never manifested itself by raising socialist demands. He was understandably driven by desperation. Pearse read the Proclamation for an Irish Republic and Connolly went into the GPO because he believed that revolutionary republicans, the “real patriots”, could be brought to confront capitalism. He failed to see that republicans consisted of classes who would defend private property at whatever cost. Connolly’s dream morphed into a nightmare. Nationalist revolution did not spill over into a challenge to capitalism in Ireland. Many workers in the unions backed De Valera’s Fianna Fáil and later supported either Cumann na nGaedheal or Fianna Fáil in independent Ireland.

Not only did we lose an inspired and heroic fighter with his demise, but his political sacrifice enabled Sinn Féin, amongst others, to take his mantle, thereby effectively concealing his legacy as a revolutionary Marxist.

To say “It would be wrong, for now, to write off Sinn Féin as reformist” and that “Sinn Féin can claim that it is providing the conscious socialist leadership needed to fulfil the political aims of Irish republicanism” is questionable. Odd, those statements, considering Sinn Féin doesn’t claim any socialist credentials. I say this not to denigrate Sinn Féin. I say it because to dispute this is to put yourself arguably at odds with reality. Connolly’s yearned-for Workers’ Republic was and remains more than ever anathema to Sinn Féin. We would do him justice to reflect on that.

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