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As always, following on Dr. X’s suggestion, it’s all yours, “announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose”, feel free.

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1. lcox - January 13, 2021

By way of illustrating that it’s always untrue to say “it was another time, morals were different, everyone did it, nobody knew any better” – in relation to race and Empire as much as carceral Catholicism:

I’m doing a talk (online) at the Emigration Museum on Thurs 21st (https://epicchq.com/from-irish-hobo-to-buddhist-monk-the-extraordinary-story-of-u-dhammaloka/).

Another at Princeton’s Fund for Irish Studies on Fri Feb 5th (https://arts.princeton.edu/events/fund-for-irish-studies-lecture-by-laurence-cox/), free.

Listening to Christy’s Ann Lovett today.

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2. CL - January 13, 2021

” The president has been canceled by corporate America. Several major comp. Several major companies—including some of the largest tech corporations and sports organizations in the world—have effectively silenced, censured, and removed the president and his “Stop the Steal” followers from their marketplaces….
Why now? A lame-duck president provoked a violent rebellion against the Capitol that left several people dead.”
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/01/how-big-tech-impeached-donald-trump/617643/

Meanwhile….

New chair of the Senate Budget Committee, Bernie Sanders. ” said he would move quickly in his new role to push through a robust and deficit-financed economic stimulus package soon after President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. takes office….
Mr. Sanders is expected to exert heavy influence over taxes, health care, climate change and several other domestic issues. That is because his role as budget chairman will give him control over a little-known but incredibly powerful congressional tool that allows certain types of legislation to win Senate approval with just a simple majority….
Mr. Sanders said the legislation, which could cost more than $1 trillion, should look to raise revenue in “a progressive manner,” suggesting he would push to include tax increases on the wealthy and on corporations”

Marty Walsh “will lay the groundwork for the incoming administration’s plans to take immediate actions to assist workers struggling from the pandemic by reversing deregulatory steps taken under President Donald Trump’s Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia…..
During his time as Boston mayor, Walsh has made worker safety a priority, taking steps to mitigate on-the-job Covid-19 risk. That suggests a familiarity with an issue that will be the top day one policy mission at Biden’s DOL: elevating the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to a greater role in combating the public health emergency.”
https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/labor-chief-nominee-walsh-begins-prep-as-names-emerge-for-no-2

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3. NFB - January 13, 2021

Stephen Donnelly acting like a buffoon in the Dail today, jabbing a finger at the LCC and generally acting as if the rules of the chamber shouldn’t apply to him. No media coverage, yet. This after openly lying about NPHET advice to government. A motion of no confidence should follow from opposition.

I’d love for the projections for vaccines – if I’m reading right, that over two million will be vaccinated by June? – to be correct, but it looks like fantasy to me.

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Tomboktu - January 14, 2021

It would be even better if the motion of no confidence came from his party’s leader, followed in the rankings by motions from Fianna Fáil, FG and then the GP. (I know, I know… but I can dream.)

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4. alanmyler - January 14, 2021

Just saw on my FB feed that the CPI’s Mel Corry from Belfast has passed away, from Covid. Only met him the once but he seemed a likeable guy. RIP.

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5. CL - January 14, 2021

Trump will soon be history. A presidential library is planned to memorialize his achievements

-There are many reasons to visit the Donald J. Trump Presidential Library…
Whatever your reasons, the administrative staff at the Presidential Library will make it their life’s mission to make your visit educational and inspiring.
In fact, for some of the staff who served Trump directly, it’s a condition of their parole!-
https://djtrumplibrary.com/

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6. tomboktu - January 14, 2021

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7. CL - January 14, 2021

In trouble with the law….

“Trump is reportedly considering hiring an attorney who spoke at the “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, D.C. last week before the president’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol as part of Trump’s defense in his second impeachment trial.
Two unidentified sources told Reuters that John Eastman, a conservative attorney who clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and who was part of the legal team that represented Trump in cases contesting the election results in several states, is under consideration to be a part of Trump’s defense team.” The Hill.

” It is no surprise that Eastman, a white supremacist on the far-right fringe of the conservative legal movement, played a major role in the president’s failed coup….
Eastman also has ties to the Claremont Institute … a widely discredited fringe hate group that seeks to incite racist, nativist rage”
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/01/john-eastman-federalist-society-capitol-insurrection.html

” Donald Trump has fallen out with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and is refusing to pay the former New York mayor’s legal bills,…
The president is reportedly offended by Giuliani’s demand for $20,000 a day…
The rift with the president may sink Guiliani’s lingering hopes of receiving a presidential pardon ”
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/14/trump-refusing-to-pay-rudy-giuliani-legal-fees-after-falling-out

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WorldbyStorm - January 14, 2021

It’s almost comical. Last week RG is at that pre march protest, now he’s nothing. Surely an object lesson in how DT treats others.

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CL - January 14, 2021

World turned upside down; rat jumps on board sinking ship.

” Trump is talking to Steve Bannon again as his presidency ends in chaos, with the former campaign adviser back in touch after their 2017 falling out….
Trump most recently distanced himself from Bannon last summer, when Bannon was arrested on fraud charges in relation to an online fundraising scheme for the US-Mexico border wall.”
https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-steve-bannon-reunion-talking-again-2021-1

Or maybe he’s looking for a pardon.

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CL - January 15, 2021

A crazy rat fight…but Giuliani seems determined to stay in the bunker until the bitter end. …

” Steve Bannon’s ‘War Room’ podcast channel was removed from YouTube late on Friday night….
The ban came in hours after Rudy Giuliani appeared on the podcast.
President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer told “War Room” listeners that he placed blame on the Democratic party for Wednesday’s siege of the Capitol building”…

On November 5, 2020, Twitter permanently suspended Bannon after he called for Dr Anthony Fauci to be beheaded”
https://www.businessinsider.com/youtube-bans-steve-bannon-war-room-podcast-rudy-giuliani-comments-2021-1

” I don’t mind being shut down for my craziness,” Mr. Bannon told Mr. Giuliani, according to Alexander Panetta, a reporter for CBC News who listened to the podcast before it was removed. “I’m not going to be shut down for yours.”…

Now his calls to the president are sometimes blocked at the orders of White House officials. Advisers say that Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, holds Mr. Giuliani partly responsible for the mess currently embroiling the White House….
But Mr. Giuliani hangs on in the shrinking circle around Mr. Trump.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/14/us/

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WorldbyStorm - January 15, 2021

Giuliani knows who is only person likely to pay him – perhaps he figured any sum between $1 and $20k per day makes it worthwhile if he gets it in the end

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sonofstan - January 15, 2021

Feeling sorry for Rudi Giuliani. Is that even possible?

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8. Paul Culloty - January 14, 2021

A self-styled “anti-racist, anti-imperialist” excuses China’s ongoing campaign against the Uighurs:

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WorldbyStorm - January 14, 2021

Hmmm.

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9. Tomboktu - January 15, 2021

Unexpected effect of the pandemic, No. 47
I will have to buy a pen. Up to now, all my pens have either been taken from the stationery cupboard at the office or were promotional freebies from organisations I came into contact with.

(I wonder how the promotional goods sector has fared during the pandemic.)

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sonofstan - January 15, 2021

I have a friend who insists on using a fountain pen. Apparently ink is very hard to source these times…

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WorldbyStorm - January 15, 2021

Yeah that must have taken a real hit that sector

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Michael Carley - January 15, 2021

“(I wonder how the promotional goods sector has fared during the pandemic.)”

Masks.

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alanmyler - January 15, 2021

I recently went looking for a pen in the house. The young one uses them for school, so she had a stash. When I attempted to use it I realised that I’ve almost forgotten how to write with one, it’s been that long since I’ve used one on any sort of regular basis. Up until recently the only semi regular use was writing a monthly cheque for the milkman, but we stopped using that service when the numbers of us in the house dropped with the older ones living up in Dublin these days. So the young one is in 6th year now and all going well will be up in Dublin herself come Sept. Along with her stash of pens. I’ll have to buy in a few for the house, just in case.

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WorldbyStorm - January 15, 2021

That’s amazing Alan. I can see how it happens though. My handwriting is absolutely rubbish – but, in fairness I’m a touch typist (bar the numbers!) and I can type a lot faster than I can write.

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rockroots - January 15, 2021

It’s weird, isn’t it? I went to college twenty-odd years after leaving school. Online tutorials and typed assignments – no problems. But then there was the end of term written exam – three hours of constant handwriting. So, so painful on my dainty fingers. In all seriousness, I wish I’d thought to get some practice in beforehand. But then, the written exam is a peculiarly old-fashioned concept in itself.

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sonofstan - January 15, 2021

You should try marking them….

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yourcousin - January 15, 2021

And here I was aghast that my son will never learn cursive. Best thing I ever took from Denver Public Schools.

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10. yourcousin - January 15, 2021

https://www.yahoo.com/news/truth-perhaps-cia-releases-thousands-202703452.html

Can’t find the last post about UFO’s leaving the cultural zeitgeist so I’ll leave this here.

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11. CL - January 15, 2021

‘ UFO’s leaving the cultural zeitgeist ‘ – that explains where UFOs come from, but where do they land?

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12. Tomboktu - January 15, 2021

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13. EWI - January 15, 2021

There’s a name familiar to old comrades to be found in these photos:

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14. CL - January 16, 2021

” It took the State nine months to pass 80,000 cases. It took three weeks more to go to 160,000….
“We really took the idea of balancing the virus and the economy to the extreme. It doesn’t work. It is like Solomon and separating the baby. You cannot do it,” said Prof Ryan, who suggested in early November that “Christmas” gatherings should be delayed for a month….

More than 54,000 people travelled into the State between December 21st and January 3rd. Of the passengers from the United Kingdom who have tested positive, 50 per cent had the UK variant, which helped to seed the post-Christmas cases.

Prof Ryan, a member of the Independent Scientific Advocacy Group which supports a “zero Covid” strategy, argues that the Government failed to lead the public to make difficult choices on “how we live as a society under the pandemic”.
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/how-did-ireland-jump-from-low-covid-base-to-world-s-highest-infection-rate-1.4459429

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15. CL - January 16, 2021

” There is growing anger over the vaccination of staff in private hospitals and clinics ahead of frontline public healthcare workers.

Meanwhile, public healthcare workers have been forced to beg the Government for vaccines as Covid ravages hospital wards….

Public hospitals have been treating the vast majority of the record number of new coronavirus cases.

Under a recent Government deal, private hospitals said they would allow just 30pc of their wards to be used to treat non-Covid patients.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly is refusing to address the controversy despite the public healthcare service facing its biggest crisis since the start of the pandemic.

Yesterday, Labour Party leader Alan Kelly said it is “scandalous and completely wrong” that private healthcare staff are being vaccinated ahead of public nurses and doctors who are dealing with rocketing numbers of Covid cases everyday…

HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid said he is concerned that the Denis O’Brien-owned Beacon was chosen as a vaccine centre after the hospital refused to sign a deal which would see some of their bed capacity taken over by the State to deal with the significant surge in Covid cases.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/anger-grows-over-early-vaccinations-for-workers-in-private-hospitals-39974676.html

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WorldbyStorm - January 17, 2021

That is is genuinely shocking re vaccinating private hospital staff ahead of frontline public healthcare workers.

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Fergal - January 18, 2021

Interesting that yet again the go to ‘opposition’ spokesperson is Kelly…this seems to be happening in more and more in print media

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WorldbyStorm - January 18, 2021

It’s a strange coincidence isn’t it? 😉

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16. roddy - January 17, 2021

Mail on Sunday- SF29 FG28 FF15 SD5 LAB5 PBP3 IND7

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WorldbyStorm - January 17, 2021

Wow, that’s a very solid result roddy. Fair dues to SF. Interesting that the non-FF/FG or SF bloc remains at 20%.

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WorldbyStorm - January 17, 2021

Sorry, no it doesn’t, it’s bigger than that.

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17. GearóidGaillimh - January 17, 2021

I see Ted Tynan has published a joint statement with the Northern Ireland Business Committee about a border poll, is he still in the WP? https://twitter.com/Ted_Tynan_WP/status/1345519815646179328

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WorldbyStorm - January 17, 2021

You’d have to wonder. Perhaps it’s an olive branch sort of thing. Got to say the WPNI site is not great.

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yourcousin - January 17, 2021

AH HA!!!! I knew it, I just fucking knew it. It took 15 years but you’ve finally let your crypto Provo mask slip!

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WorldbyStorm - January 17, 2021

😉

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18. CL - January 17, 2021

The Free Market in operation.

” As President Trump prepares to leave office in days, a lucrative market for pardons is coming to a head, with some of his allies collecting fees from wealthy felons or their associates to push the White House for clemency,…
Brett Tolman, a former federal prosecutor who has been advising the White House on pardons and commutations, has monetized his clemency work, collecting tens of thousands of dollars…
Mr. Trump’s former personal lawyer John M. Dowd has marketed himself to convicted felons as someone who could secure pardons because of his close relationship with the president, accepting tens of thousands of dollars from a wealthy felon and advising him and other potential clients to leverage Mr. Trump’s grievances about the justice system….
Mr. Kiriakou was separately told that Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani could help him secure a pardon for $2 million. Mr. Kiriakou rejected the offer, but an associate, fearing that Mr. Giuliani was illegally selling pardons, alerted the F.B.I. Mr. Giuliani challenged this characterization.”
https://dnyuz.com/2021/01/17/prospect-of-pardons-in-final-days-fuels-market-to-buy-access-to-trump/

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WorldbyStorm - January 17, 2021

Shakedown city.

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19. Tomboktu - January 17, 2021

Meanwhile, over on the twitter site

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20. Starkadder - January 18, 2021

A bizarre culture-war encounter takes place, as Mary Lou McDonald defends the aesthetic merits of the work of Woody Allen, Kevin Spacey and Al Franken:

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/mary-lou-mcdonald-says-shes-not-convinced-by-metoo-cancel-culture-lists-woody-allen-as-one-of-her-favourite-filmmakers-39966172.html

Not sure what Woody Allen movie would appeal to Shinners. Maybe “Bananas”?

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WorldbyStorm - January 18, 2021

I’d have thought that the Indo would have been well in favour of that sort of attitude (though that said the only one on the list who strikes me as definitely without equivocation metoo is Spacey. Allen and Franken in very different ways seem to represent other dynamics entirely. I have seen some soul-searching in retrospect re Franken’s cancelling.

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roddy - January 18, 2021

Many on the left still lionise John Peel who’s record is worse than Woody Allen’s.

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WorldbyStorm - January 18, 2021

There’s some truth in what you say roddy, though I don’t know is it the left so much as a strand of people into music some of whom are on the left?

Re Allen, I’m not a fan, and feel uneasy about even commenting, but… it does seem to me that the dynamics while problematic are more about relationships breaking inside his then family than anything more sinister.

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Alibaba - January 18, 2021

As someone who favours Woody Allen’s movies, I suppose I can suspend my critical judgement because of my liking for his work. The facts are necessary to this argument. Following investigations of the accusations made against him, Allen was exonerated. 

Many people don’t believe he is innocent because they don’t think there is smoke without fire – a mistake perhaps. And like you I believe the problem may lie with problematic relationships rather than something more sinister.

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roddy - January 18, 2021

A certain commentator/ journalist /PBP activist still references Peel in a non judgemental manner.

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WorldbyStorm - January 18, 2021

I think I know who you’re talking about roddy.

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21. eoghan - January 18, 2021

Turns out the rumors of disquiet between CYM and CPI weren’t entirely unfounded https://cym.ie/2021/01/18/cym-statement-on-disaffiliation/

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GearóidGaillimh - January 18, 2021

The worst kept secret on the Irish left.

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22. CL - January 18, 2021

” Some one million Vietnamese children have been casualties of this brutal war. A war in which children are incinerated by napalm, in which American soldiers die in mounting numbers while other American soldiers, according to press accounts, in unrestrained hatred shoot the wounded enemy as they lie on the ground, is a war that mutilates the conscience….
By entering a war that is little more than a domestic civil war, America has ended up supporting a new form of colonialism covered up by certain niceties of complexity. Whether we realize it or not our participation in the war in Viet Nam is an ominous expression of our lack of sympathy for the oppressed, our paranoid anti-Communism, our failure to feel the ache and anguish of the have nots. It reveals our willingness to continue participating in neo-colonialist adventures…

We are left standing before the world glutted by our barbarity. We are engaged in a war that seeks to turn the clock of history back and perpetuate white colonialism. The greatest irony and tragedy of all is that our nation, which initiated so much of the revolutionary spirit of the modern world, is now cast in the mold of being an arch anti-revolutionary….
While the anti-poverty program is cautiously initiated, zealously supervised and evaluated for immediate results, billions are liberally expended for this ill-considered war. The recently revealed mis-estimate of the war budget amounts to ten billions of dollars for a single year. This error alone is more than five times the amount committed to anti-poverty programs. The security we profess to seek in foreign adventures we will lose in our decaying cities. The bombs in Viet Nam explode at home: they destroy the hopes and possibilities for a decent America….
We have escalated the war in Viet Nam and de-escalated the skirmish against poverty. It challenges the imagination to contemplate what lives we could transform if we were to cease killing….
Many of our Senators and Congressmen vote joyously to appropriate billions of dollars for war in Viet Nam, and these same Senators and Congressmen vote loudly against a Fair Housing Bill to make it possible for a Negro veteran of Viet Nam to purchase a decent home. We arm Negro soldiers to kill on foreign battlefields, but offer little protection for their relatives from beatings and killings in our own south” –
Martin Luther King Jr.

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23. Jim Monaghan - January 18, 2021

Connolly Youth Movement
nmtSpon1shoredr ·
PUBLIC STATEMENT
CYM Ard Comhairle, 18/01/21
On the 9th of January, 2021 the Connolly Youth Movement convened an Extraordinary Ard Fheis (EOAF) to determine the nature of our relationship to the Communist Party of Ireland. This EOAF was called as a result of a series of political discussions that had occurred within the CYM in 2020 both regarding historical contradictions and present-day events and realities. It was attended by over 75% of the on-file membership and resulted in a robust expression of democratic centralism that began a new phase in an open and varied discussion on the future direction of our movement.
While as Marxist-Leninists, the party concept is crucial to our approach to political strategy in Ireland, it was determined that the interests of our movement are best served by disaffiliating from the Communist Party of Ireland as it is not able to fulfil this role under its current National Officers. We hold nothing but respect for the 100 year legacy of the Irish communist movement and its advocates, we among them, and we still recognise the excellent work and political character of many individual members of the CPI. However, the current direction of the CPI has created political and organisational problems that have, in the absence of a good faith dialogue for change, proven intractable to our relationship and which require a readjustment to the real conditions we work in.
We cannot in good conscience continue our work in a setting where we do not have recourse to democratic expression, fair procedure, or legitimate co-ordination. The intensifying exploitation by capitalism of both our class and our planet, presents the fact that we cannot expend our time in circular and fruitless processes, but must realise the potential of our movement to change Ireland by the most effective route.
Some of the reasons for our disaffiliation are summarised as follows:
1. The Communist Party of Ireland is dominated by a clique surrounding the main leadership that marginalises people with differing views on a regular basis, through methods that often amount to bullying. Isolation is used as a tool to remove good communists who are deemed inconvenient as individuals, in order to prevent dissent from amassing, and to keep others in line. Some who have left due to this pressure have made long-lasting and significant contributions to the Irish Communist Movement.
2. The CPI Dublin and Cork secretaries introduced bans on CYM members from joining the CPI in 2020, which was overturned by the Cork branch membership but later upheld by the NEC. This was first claimed to be the result of a lack of face-to-face interview possibilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however the reasoning behind this changed repeatedly over the course of several months, exposing the clique’s dishonesty and factionalism. It has been made clear that it was a cynical attempt to halt an influx of new members in order to maintain the status quo for factional ends. The CYM was accused of “entryism” into the CPI. It is an absurd claim that there is something abnormal about a youth organisation encouraging their members to go on to play a role in their affiliated party. The regional secretary of the Northern Area encouraged CYM members to join the party in 2020, showing that other elements in the party attempted to distort and poison this request for higher involvement.
3. In 2020, the clique ceased to advise younger CPI recruits to join the CYM.
4. The clique and its leader repeatedly attempted to convince dual members in the CYM to act factionally, and by the end of 2020, had either expelled or planned to refuse to re-register the majority of them in January due to their opposition to this.
5. The CPI constitution does not contain any mention of the Connolly Youth Movement, therefore collaboration could be discontinued by the clique’s leadership at any time, and this was used to local tactical effect as means of pressure. This drew fundamental questions about the inclusion of affiliation in the CYM constitution without any path to redress.
6. The clique suppresses views it deems incorrect without discussing them and hands out suspensions to those who disagree with them, despite lacking consistency in what it deems incorrect. We understand this to be completely contrary to the principles of democratic centralism.
7. The clique puts forward contradictory political positions on such central pillars of our movement as socialist-republicanism and democratic centralism, ultimately interpreting them based on whatever’s convenient at the time through the deference of collective political interest to an arbitrary and top-down factional interest.
8. The clique has spent a significant amount of its time engaged in a whispering campaign against the Connolly Youth Movement and its members, while simultaneously refusing to raise any of these issues with the Connolly Youth Movement in bilateral meetings. This has led to concrete cases of lost opportunities for the CYM in its work.
9. Branch and national structures are being weaponised to disunify the organisation rather than serving their intended purpose of unifying political action through consensus and effective local feedback. A major element has been the internal denunciation of Northern members as either being too republican or not republican enough, seeking to exploit the complexities of partition to suppress a national area outside the immediate control of the clique around the General Secretary. Similar divide-and-conquer tactics have been used against the Cork branch and other branches.
10. In private members of the clique denounce not only their own comrades but also other socialist-republican organisations in a vitriolic manner.
11. A number of CYM members were recently expelled from the CPI as a result of attempting to raise issues with the CPI NEC about bad faith practices in bilaterals on the issues facing the movement after it was discovered a committee of National Officers was conducting these bilaterals without the knowledge of the CPI NEC and with dishonest intentions.
12. The clique has led the Party down a narrow, reformist cul-de-sac. It offers no vision, no strategy for realising the dictatorship of the proletariat.
13. Education sessions organised by the clique are not really education sessions but are ritualistic and circular re-affirmations of loyalty that do not promote critical analysis or dialectical reasoning.
14. The clique has no interest in engaging with the working class and has made this very clear. Ultra-centralisation reinforces the insular nature of the party leadership and their inability to organise, educate and learn from – not to mention lead – the class they claim to represent. This has led to the party having a lower public profile than it could have due to inaction and a failure to grasp the potential of crises.
15. The clique has made it abundantly clear that the sort of youth organisation it desires is one that it has total and unquestioned control over. Over a number of years we have come to recognise an irreconcilable contradiction between our historical independence and the wish of the clique to dominate the movement. The CYM chose its autonomy rather than becoming a useless front group for a moribund party. We chose dynamic action and growth over stasis and stagnation.
16. Individual members from across the country have repeatedly stressed to members of the Connolly Youth Movement that they sympathise with our frustrations but, ultimately, have not been able to resolve them. While we appreciate their efforts and sentiments, we cannot wait indefinitely while the demands facing us as a communist youth organisation are so urgent.
Based primarily on the above reasons we believe that, at the present juncture, the interests of young Irish communists will be best served by an autonomous and independent communist youth organisation. In the transition period ahead, internal debate and organisation around the organisation’s future will continue unabated.
We have no doubt that many members of the Communist Party are earnest and dedicated comrades and have no issue in continuing our political relationship with them, as well as those who have left or been forced out of the CPI. As with other communist and socialist-republican organisations, we will continue to co-operate and work with them on any mutual arenas of struggle.
We will continue to tirelessly struggle for a 32-county socialist republic and to build the Connolly Youth Movement into a radical youth organisation that is present in every county, town and estate.
We have a revolution to build and a world to win and nothing will stop us.
STATEMENT ENDS

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Jim Monaghan - January 18, 2021

Deserves a separate post.

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WorldbyStorm - January 18, 2021

Agreed, I’ll post that up first thing in the AM.

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24. tomasoflatharta - January 18, 2021

Rumours about sharp disagreements between the Connolly Youth Movement (CYM) and the Communist Party of Ireland (CPI) circulated publicly on various platforms, notably the Cedar Lounge Revolution. The CYM has disaffiliated from the CPI – a public statement is here : https://cym.ie/2021/01/18/cym-statement-on-disaffiliation/?fbclid=IwAR2rMRnPz2RhVRn8x6Q3GPBTmysFeX26swCJKaVpsOyvWpyupMsLloOSQmk

One correspondent observes :

An interesting political development. Whilst I would not overstate it in any sense, it is true that the CYM has presented itself as a generally vibrant group and has garnered a lot of recruits particularly (though not exclusively) through leaning into a particular online aesthetic and social circles.

Their attachment to the Communist Party and, partly, its selection of recruits, has resulted in it inheriting a framework of analysis which led to a fundamentally left-sectarian approach (“anti-Trotskyism”) and self-imposed isolation from a significant section of the socialist left. It is no joke to say that some in the CYM spend almost as much (if not more) time attacking other socialist groups than they do attacking our common enemy.

https://tomasoflatharta.wordpress.com/2021/01/18/connolly-youth-movement-disaffiliates-from-the-communist-party-of-ireland/

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