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July Socialist Voice July 6, 2016

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Our water: Demand a constitutional referendum Eugene McCartan http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/01-water.html The people, through organised struggle under the banner of Right2Water—by blocking meters, pickets, mass mobilisations, and non-payment—have secured an important victory with the suspension of water charges. We need to consolidate this victory with a constitutional amendment enshrining the people’s ownership and control over this vital resource. James Connolly commemoration Speech by John Douglas (general secretary, Mandate), Arbour Hill, Dublin, 15 May 2016 http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/02-arbour-hill.html On the 12th of May 1916 James Connolly was executed in the stonebreakers’ yard in Kilmainham Jail, Dublin.      In his writing, Connolly sets out clearly his vision of a socialist republic—no narrow nationalist but a visionary socialist who understood the coercive nature of imperialism, not only in Ireland but globally. British referendum a victory for democracy Tommy McKearney http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/03-referendum-1.html The United Kingdom has voted to leave the EU. Its electorate has done so in spite of exhortations to remain from, among others, David Cameron and Peter Mandelson, a majority of FTSE 100 chief executives, Goldman Sachs, the managing director of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, and Enda Kenny. Serious setback for Britain’s bourgeoisie Nick Wright http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/04-referendum-2.html A double coup is unfolding in Britain. The vote to leave the EU has confounded the ruling circles, the monopoly media, the right-wing Labour clique, big business, the banks, the City of London, the military-industrial power nexus, the foreign policy establishment, and the NATO, intelligence and security praetorian guard. The US lock on Europe, exercised through Britain’s membership of the EU, is threatened. Cherishing all the nation equally Jimmy Doran http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/05-wealth.html The 1916 Proclamation wanted us to cherish all the children of the nation—all the people of Ireland—equally. Some argue that a fairer, more even distribution of some of the output can attain a decent society; but, for economic and political reasons, if the inequality that exists at the point of production between those who own the wealth and those they employ to work still exists, it will not succeed. More time bombs Alan Hanlon http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/06-charges.html This Government is highly unstable. Following the victory of the working-class and community groups in the first stage of the attempt to privatise water, the current Government is frightened that the pay-by-weight bin charges will produce the same reaction. GAA facing a stiff challenge Graham Harrington http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/07-gaa.html The Gaelic Athletic Association is one of the largest mass organisations in Irish society, with more than 500,000 members. To illustrate the significance of this, the ICTU has approximately 830,000 members. While the GAA may seem like a simple sports body, its substance is far more than that. Letter from 420 km west of Havana Seán Joseph Clancy http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/08-cuba.html More people were killed in Cuba during 2015 by lightning than by gunfire. One of the most significant and transcendental conquests of the Cuban revolutionary process lies beneath such relatively low gun and drugs crime statistics. The discovery of Utopia Jenny Farrell http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/09-utopia.html Thomas Metscher, Thomas More, or the Discovery of Utopia (Dublin: Connolly Books, 2016; ISBN 978-0-9935785-1-9) A terrible beauty Gabriel Rosenstock http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/10-haiku.html No, it wasn’t some Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa—he would scarcely have been three at the time—or a latter-day Guy Fawkes who set fire to the Houses of Parliament. The blithering idiots did it themselves in 1834 when the Exchequer burned two cartloads of tally sticks, an obsolete system of counting. The whole place went up, much of it made from the finest Irish oak.

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