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URGENT ISSUES, FRAGMENTED STRUGGLES: The early years of fighting austerity & the housing campaign today’ October 9, 2019

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A very welcome guest post:

First in a series of open monthly discussion meetings on the Irish left during the recession

As you may know, some non-sectarian lefties are working on this upcoming book about the Irish left during the recession called ‘Changed Utterly? The defeats and victories of the Irish left during the recession 2008-2018’. As part of the project, prior to publication we are running a series of four monthly open (and comradely!) discussion meetings – all of of which will take place in The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

The first meeting takes place in a couple of weeks, on Tuesday October 22nd at 7pm – the topic is “URGENT ISSUES, FRAGMENTED STRUGGLES: The early years of fighting austerity & the housing campaign today’ and it will be introduced by Hilary Darcy, Aisling Hederman and Seámus Farrell – but the focus will be on discussion and debate, not the short introductory presentations.

We invite all interested people to come along – and please join, share and invite your friends on Facebook if you can, thanks!

About the book and project:

During the years of recession the Irish left moved from a position of near complete irrelevance into being a powerful force in Irish politics. Huge victories were won on the economic and social fronts and unprecedented electoral gains were made. Now that the highwater mark of these years of militancy appears to have been reached, we need to learn from both our victories and defeats.

There are vital lessons to be learned from successful campaigns such as the Repeal and water charges movements, as well as from less successful but equally important ones, such as housing and the early years of anti-austerity campaigning. We also need to learn from how Republican, Trotskyist, Anarchist and Social Democratic groups have affected the transformation of Ireland – both in good and bad ways – and how they themselves have been changed by the years of struggle during the recession.

The approach we take to this is an open one. We are committed socialists and believe in the possibility of a better socialist world of equality for people that will replace our current capitalist world of markets, exploitation and inequality. But we do not believe that the road to that future is already mapped out for us in some text by some guru either from the past or the present. There are things to learn from every socialist tradition, but we cannot rely on only studying heroic days from a century ago. It is only by studying the struggles, conflicts and possibilities of our present and our recent past that we can work out where we stand and, from there, where we might advance in the future.

https://changedutterly.wordpress.com/

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