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Left Archive: Fourthwrite, Journal of the Irish Republican Writers Group – Issue Number 3, Autumn 2000 May 20, 2019

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This edition of Fourthwrite joins another in the Archive. As with the other editions it covers a considerable area in terms of content.

The front page article under the heading ‘Devolution of Pomp’ criticises the recent suspension of the Assembly which only ended with the decision by PIRA to open arms dumps to inspection. And it argues that:

Whether there will ever be sufficient agent to make the Assembly (or indeed the Six-County state) work is open to serious question.

Interestingly in the editorial mention is made of criticism of Fourthwrite for not excluding from the pages of the magazine ‘those who are diametrically opposed to republicanism. An argument is made that we are providing a vehicle of expression for the ‘pro-British’ lobby.’ The editorial notes that anti-republican sentiment is well catered for and that it remains the policy of the magazine to ‘engage in debate with our opponents, and we cannot do that and deny them their voice at the table’.

Other pieces in the publication include Arther Aughey on ‘Contemporary Irish republicanism’, ‘Revisionism’ by Liam O’Ruairc, ‘The Prisoners’ by Brendan Hughes and ‘Loyalist Platform’ by Joe Craig.

Also included in this edition is a Special Supplement that examines the then recent shooting of Joseph O’Connor in West Belfast and the intimidation of Republican Writers Group members subsequent to that for a statement that was issued by them. It includes statements from the SWP, IRSP and other groups in support of the RWG.

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Left Archive: Voice of Revolution Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist) Vol. 9 No. 13 April 20th, 1985 May 6, 2019

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Appropriately, here is Voice of Revolution from the Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist) calling on workers to ‚’Celebrate May Day!‚’at a Rally at the GPO in Dublin.

It argues:

May the First – the Day of the International Working Class – is a revolutionary holiday and festival for workers of all countries.

On this day workers workers all over the world march and demonstrate their total opposition to the capitalist system, class exploitation and oppression and reaction of all kinds, including national oppression by imperialism.

They demonstrate their confidence and determination to overthrow this rotten system of world imperialism and capitalism and replace it with the system which alone represents the true dignity of humanity – the socialist system – the first sage of communism in which class exploitation is abolished as well as all other products of class rule, such as fascism and racism, unemployment and crises (the fellow travellers of capitalism) and where the basis for the double oppression and exploitation of women is also eradicated.

Also in this eight page edition is a multipage report on the then recent funeral of Comrade Enver Hoxha of Albania as well as a long piece from his successo Ramiz Alia.

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Left Archive: Reasons to vote No to the Lisbon Treaty, Socialist Workers Party, 2008 April 29, 2019

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This is a very long document, published in 2008, written by Kieran Allen and outlining the reasons to vote no to the Lisbon Treaty. In order to make this case it presents six chapters, The Rise of a Neo-Liberal Europe, The ‘Lock-In’ of Corporate Rule, The EU and Militarism, This is Not What Democracy looks like, The Yes Chorus, What is at stake? And finally ‘What you can do’.

The introduction notes that:

In 2008, we will be the only ones to vote on the Lisbon Treaty. The four million strong population of a small island will be voting on behalf of the other 450 million Europeans. This unique situation has arisen because a Kilkennyfarmer-turned-academic, Raymond Crotty, dared to legally challengethe Irish government in the late eighties over its handling of the Single European Act. His victory ensured that successive Irish governments would have to hold referenda on similar treaties. Their counterparts in the rest of Europe have, unfortunately, more room to manoeuvre.

And argues that:

Constitutions normally outline general principles that guarantee freedoms for citizens. Rarely, are they based on detailed economic proposals that ‘lock in’ future generations to current economic strategies. Yet this is precisely what the Lisbon Treaty does.
At its core are a number of articles which turn the current neoliberal orthodoxy into a legal straightjacket for the future. Should circumstances change, the EU will still be legally obliged to follow

It continues:

The only people who can stop this charade are the Irish people All of which makes for a very intriguing referendum. In most political discussions, we are often urged to think about the ‘national
interest’ and to put the country first. On this occasion, the terms of the debate are different: the Irish electorate is voting by proxy for the whole population of Europe. Moreover, the debate cannot be defined in terms of those who are pro or anti-European.

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Left Archive: The Easter Rising as History: Our History, September 1966, History Group of the Communist Party of Great Britain April 22, 2019

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Many thanks to the person who scanned and forwarded this to the Archive. As it notes:

This is based on a paper read from C. Desmond Greaves at a meeting organised by the History Group at Marx House on Saturday, April 23rd 1966.

It further notes that the History Group of the Communist Party of Great Britain is open to all members interested in history.

The introduction states:

A Jubilee coincides with the fifty year limit and is not therefore an ideal time for assessing an event historically. Official papers, for what they are worth, have yet to be fully opened. Eye-witnesses and participants are still alive, and protected by the law of libel. Old men and their families can have strong vested interests in past events. And of course in the general sense these past events are enshrined in surviving relationships which are part of the structure of living politics.

This paper does not therefore offer the impossible, the mature assessment of 1916 in all aspects, but attempts to outline a basis for the criticism of the ‚’official‚’ historical assessment of 1916 which has been presented in the press over the past few weeks.

And presciently he writes:

One thing is now clear. The Irish question is not dead. Britain still has, as she always had, an Irish policy. And it is well to bear in mind what that now is, and to note recent changes. Broadly speaking it can be defined as ‚’integration within integration‚’; the economic and political consolidation of these islands under the hegemony of British monopoly-capitalism as an aspect of the consolidation (through E.E.C. or other means)of neo-colonialist Europe.

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Left Archive: Socialist Review, No. 1, 1975, Communist Party of Ireland April 15, 2019

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This document published by the Communist Party of Ireland is interesting for a number of reasons, not least that while it is dated and numbered as Number 1, there was in fact an earlier publication with the same name issue by the CPI in 1970.

It has a broad range of articles with Betty Sinclair assessing the end of Direct Rule, A Raftery considering ‘The Roots of Coalitionism’, George Jeffares writing ‘After Chile’ and Roy Johnston engaging with ‘Ireland’s Natural Resources’.

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Left Archive: Marxist-Leninist Weekly, June 17th 1988, Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist) April 8, 2019

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Another edition of Marxist-Leninist Weekly from Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist). This issue considers British government attempts to end sectarianism in Northern Ireland and a Moscow summit between Thatcher and Gorbachev.

It also mentions a ‘Spirit of Freedom’ picket at the Glenencree Centre Meeting at the Royal Dublin Hotel on the subject of the Anglo-Irish Agreement.

It argues that ‘this Glencree organised ‘unofficial’ review of the Hillsborough Accord is simply part and parcel of the official review of the Anglo-Irish Agreement itself, which is to be conducted by the British imperialists in conjunction with their agents in Ireland, the national traitor representatives of the Irish monopoly bourgeoisie – the politicians and parties both of constitutional ‘nationalism’ and of unionism.

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Irish Left Archive: “Your Rights as an Irish Citizen”, Irish Association of Civil Liberty, 1972 April 1, 2019

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This document, published by the Irish Association of Civil Liberty was published in 1972. The IACL was founded in 1947 and went on to become the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.

The document in 44 pages covers areas such as The Constitution and the Rights it Confers, Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Association, Trade Unionism, Arrest, Political Offices, The Rights of the Householder, The Prohibition of Forcible Entry and Occupation Act, 1971, The Mental Treatment Acts, Contempt of Court, Arrest for Debt, Extradition, Aliens and Legal Aid.

The Introduction notes that:

The purpose of this booklet is to provide the public with a. Guide to the rights of the citizen in our community. It is concerned only with the rights of citizens against the State and public authorities – and not with the rights of citizens as between themselves – for example as between employers and employees, or landlords and tenants. Although written by lawyers, it does not purport to be a legal text book or a substitute for the professional advice which should be taken in all cases of difficulty.

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Irish Left Archive: Why we say Stop the Bombing: NATO out of the Balkans, Socialist Workers Party, 1999 March 25, 2019

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An useful 8 page document to add to other SWP materials in the Archive, this strongly criticises the intervention in Yugoslavia in the late 1990s. The pamphlet is broken into short sections under headings such as ‘A Colonial War’, ‘Is Milosevic the new Hitler’, ‘How the Balkans Has Been Used’, ‘The Kosovan Liberation Army’, ‘The Spectre of War Returns’ and so on.

The pamphlet argues that only The Socialist Alternative can bring peace – and argues that interventions have twice functioned to increase support for Milosevic when his government appeared likely to fall. It concludes…

To get this sort of decent society we need to get rid of the capitalist system and those who run it.

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Irish Left Archive: British Strategy in Northern Ireland, Revolutionary Marxist Group, 1974 March 18, 2019

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This 44 page pamphlet issued by the Revolutionary Marxist Group covers a lot of ground. The contents is reprinted from the RMG’s publication The Plough and covers the period 1973 to 1974. The articles are ‘The White Paper – Why it Failed’, ‘Assembly Farce’, ‘After the Loyalist Election Victory’, ‘The Ulster Workers Council Strike’ and ‘Britain’s New Turn’.

Without question this was a pivotal time in the development of the conflict on the island.

The short introduction notes that

In order to understand the dynamic of the struggle and the tasks of revolutionaries it is essential to have a clear and precise analysis of the development of British strategy.

And it argues that:

In a country whose Marxist tradition may be said to have died with Connolly in 1916 the RMG has made a unique contribution in the Irish revolutionary movement, in analysing British strategy and the tasks of revolutionaries.

And in a situation where the Irish revolutionary movement has been isolated from world revolutionary currents, the RMG, through its memberships of the Fourth International has been able to draw on the valuable experience of its comrades in struggles in Argentina, Chile, American, Japan, Germany, Spain, France, Belgium, Italy and many other countries.

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Left Archive: Ripening of Time, Number 13, January 1980 – October 1980 March 11, 2019

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Adding to the collection of Ripening of Time in the Archive, is this, number 13. A 52 page long document the introduction notes that:

In this issue we deal with a number of aspects of the struggle of the working class in Ireland during the 1970s.

In pp.7-22 we examine the growing practice of absenteeism inside the working class. The perspective in this article is to place absenteeism in a context of working class resistance and struggle – a method used borking people as part of their refusal to accept he role fo wage labour subjugated to the rule of capital.

The second article complete the examination of the post World War 2 period, begun in issue 11. It analyses the reorganisation of the economy and the living conditions of the working class through the crisis decade of the 1970s in Ireland.

Two major strikes in the Limerick Shannon Area (one in the 1960s, the other in the 1970s) are the subject of the essay From E.I to Ferenka. This article is in the form of a documentation of the day-to-day events, positions taken and outcome fo these two strikes – on in the E.I. factory the other in Ferenka.

The problem of Democratic Unity was the title of an article written by Roy Johnson, which was printed in Issue 9… A member of the Editorial Collective, Jim Sloane, takes this opportunity to reply to some of the points made by Roy Johnston in that Article.

Finally it notes: our regular features appear with a long review by Les Levidow of a book written by Daniel Guerin: 100 Years of American Labour.

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