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Comment on What you want to say – 17th January, 2018 by GW

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:05:18 +0000

Direct Democracy - a party of the far left?! Eh? Did I miss something? I think I'll be taking that paper with a large shovel of NaCl.

Comment on What you want to say – 17th January, 2018 by GW

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:00:20 +0000

Thanks for a list of contents Paddy. That looks fascinating - the German story is fairly well known, but the Eastern European, South American and Irish dimensions are little known AFAIK. And will the proceedings be published? Videos, perhaps?

Comment on Self-abasement and self-effacement by Citizen of Nowhere

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:49:19 +0000

The DDR baggage is a favourite theme of the anti-left media. In the last election die Linke lost a fair number of voters (unfortunately to the AfD) in the former East Germany and picked up an equivalent number of voters in the former West Germany. So it is as much a West German as an East German party now. So there is very little DDR baggage left apart from the fact that die Linke is the only political force to acknowledge that not everything was entirely bad about life in the DDR. The right to affordable housing being one. During the next Governments period of misrule, there will be plenty of issues around which to build a left alternative. Like the drop in real workers income, after to include rent increases, due to rampant speculation and pseudo-rent-control that the last government deliberately sabotaged. I could go on ...

Comment on Apostate leader by WorldbyStorm

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:47:33 +0000

Do promote feminism or left feminism anyhow it’s a great statement very true

Comment on What you want to say – 17th January, 2018 by Paddy Healy

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:28:35 +0000

Don't Miss Rayner Lysaght on Sunday! Weekend Conference: Echoes of Revolution Programme Venue: ZICER 0.01, UEA, Norwich, NR4 7TJ 17-18 February 2018 Saturday 17 February 2018 10.30 – 11.00 Registration, coffee 11.00 - 11.15 Welcome, tribute to William A. (Bill) Pelz 11.15 – 13.00 Éric Aunoble (University of Geneva) The Revolution of 1848 in Eastern Galicia: An Impossible Legacy for the Ukrainian left? Giuseppe Maiello (University of Finance and Administration, Prague) The Glottophagy of the Czech language Damian Winczewski (University of Szczecin) Friedrich Engels and Revolutionary Warfare 13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break 14.00 - 15.45 Rodrigo Pereira Chagas (Federal University of Roraima) 1848, The Praieira Movement under Neocolonial Liberalism in Brazil Katherine Connelly (Arcadia University, London) “Order prevails in Warsaw!” Karsten Ruppert (Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt) The French Revolution of 1848 or how a republic abolished itself 15.45 - 16.15 Coffee 16.15 - 18.00 Merilyn Moos (London) From revolution to counter-revolution: Germany 1918-1933 Steve Cushion (London) Death at the Frontier Ian Birchall (London) Simultaneous revolution?   Sunday 18 February 2017 09.30 - 11.15 Giorgio Potì (EUI and American University, Rome) Flirting with Lenin in Paris: The Egyptian Revolution of 1919 and the French Left Romain Bonnet (University of Padova) A counter-revolutionary vanguard? The Jaunes, organized violence, and strikebreaking in Belle Époque Europe Antonie Doležalová (Robinson College, Cambridge and Faculty of Social Science, Charles University, Prague) The 1918 in Czechoslovakia: A Social or National Revolution? 11.15 - 11.45 Coffee 11.45 - 13.30 D. R. O’Connor Lysaght (Dublin) Marxism and the Irish National Question Alan Hooper National and social revolution, 1848/1918: towards Gramscian ‘intellectual and moral reform’ Sara Ann Sewell (Virginia Wesleyan University) Forging a Revolutionary Identity through Ritual 13.30 - 14.30 Lunch break 14.30 - 17.15 Samuel Foster (UEA, Norwich) Reviving the Völkerabfälle: The South Slav Left and the Creation of the First Yugoslavia Francis King (UEA, Norwich) Improbable nationalists? Social democracy and national independence in Georgia 1918-1921 Olena Palko (Birkbeck, London) The social and/or national revolution(s): national communism in Ukraine during the civil war years 17.15 – 17.30 Conference Ends

Comment on Apostate leader by Alibaba

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:31:58 +0000

This may well be Micheál Martin’s sincerely held conscience, but I can’t avoid drawing the conclusion it is overwhelmingly a grasp of political expediency that has brought him to support Repeal and the 12-week abortion provision. Not wishing to promote feminism but hey, here’s something else worth saying: ‘Someone who had travelled abroad for an abortion once told me that the Irish State owes an apology to every woman who has made a similar journey. The statement stayed with me for years, …’

Comment on Popular reading by WorldbyStorm

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:24:58 +0000

Just to be clear I’m talking about period from 21

Comment on Popular reading by WorldbyStorm

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:55:22 +0000

I do think it is important to keep in mind that republicanism (which of course is entirely open to critique and criticism) in Ireland has been characterised by the fact that before and throughout the conflict an aversion to armed struggle. Those who proposed or supported it received in the South minimal political support - or general support as evidenced in opinion polls while in the North SF and other parties supporting campaigns were smaller by quite some way than the SDLP. Also important to keep in mind was that those who had fought in the 1916-21 period appear to have not been uspportitive of the armed campaigns in the north either. Some were of course, but many more not. So it's dubious that we can simply say Irish republicanism = the armed campaigns. And of course it doesn't. SF gained most when they moved to politics (following a tried and tested path or dynamic). Of course adherence to armed struggle was characteristic of one tranche of republicanism and always has been and as a principle the willingness to use it was there - albeit unused by most, though that would be equally true of other nationalisms and/or republicanism, but to say that the fundamental or most pronounced characteristic of Irish republicanism is violence or the armed campaigns of the 70s-90s seems unlikely. There are many discussions about the issue of armed struggle, when and where is it justified, because clearly in some instances it is, and even in the context of the period above it was it seems to me at certain times - though there are those who will argue that the violence seen was for the most part nationalist in form. But that's a fundamentally different issue as to whether Irish republicanism is characterised by it (and of course the WP regards and continues to regard itself as a republican party).

Comment on Popular reading by CL

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:12:34 +0000

"YouTube footage from 1985 has the Boss introducing it as “the greatest song ever written about America . . . [it] gets right to the heart of the promise of what our country was supposed to be about”. Yet it took Native American Henry Crow Dog to point out its colonial overtones. When the Lakota Sioux chief told Pete Seeger in 1968 that “this land belongs to me”, the veteran folkie was so abashed that he commissioned another verse from the indigenous perspective: “This land was stole by you from me.”

Comment on Popular reading by EWI

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:15:57 +0000

Ah Joe, you're a champ at creating diversions from college essays. 'Huge international hit pop songs' warbling on about nonsense are a dime a dozen, as the existence of assholes like Bono continually reminds us. However, here's one with an actual deep thought behind it: What is it, by the way, with people who identify Irish Republicanism and Provisionalism as one and the same thing? (and of all possible candidates, ex-WP surely have least excuse)

Comment on Self-abasement and self-effacement by seachranaidhe1

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:25:15 +0000

Reblogged this on seachranaidhe1.

Comment on An issue bigger than politics but with Political Ramifications by Starkadder

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:10:06 +0000

If the anti-abortion crowd were logical, they'd demand all the Irish women suspected of having abortions be arrested, tried and imprisoned for life if found guilty of abortion. Because they keep calling abortion murder, so that is how they should treat people who have abortions.

Comment on An issue bigger than politics but with Political Ramifications by CL

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:38:28 +0000

"There is mounting evidence that it is not abortion, but the lack of access to abortion that is a deadly threat to women.... The anti-choice movement refuses to take responsibility for rising maternal mortality.... the time has come to raise the charge that the “pro-life” movement is, in effect, pro-death."

Comment on Popular reading by Joe

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:00:38 +0000

For sure yes. Irish republicanism certainly does have a hard-to-pin-down quality of endurance and timelessness. Just when people start to think it might be redundant it proves itself not to be so. Here's a huge international hit pop song on that very theme.

Comment on My Life in the IRA – The Border Campaign Book Launch Video by CL

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:05:48 +0000

'Revolutionary in Ireland' may be the U.S. edition.

Comment on What you want to say – 17th January, 2018 by Aonrud ⚘

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:30:58 +0000

The Linen Hall Library has digitised a lot of their political collection from the 1990s: Lots of interesting material there.

Comment on My Life in the IRA – The Border Campaign Book Launch Video by Ghandi

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:24:01 +0000

On the McS book I was looking through my collection and have two copies same content but with different names 1. Memoires of a Revoluntionary and Revoluntionary in Ireland. They have slightly different IBAN numbers. Any ideas why.

Comment on What you want to say – 17th January, 2018 by O'Connor Lysaght

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:47:34 +0000

Thank you, iel.

Comment on This Week At Irish Election Literature by O'Connor Lysaght

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:41:47 +0000

Far be it from me to try to render K.Allen more profound. However, he has a point. When a working class movement takes power, it cannot introduce full socialism immediately. It needs to administer a transitional period in government introducing socialistic reforms to strengthen its constituency, whilst encouraging its comrades in other countries to follow its example. In this context heavy taxing of the rich makes sense.

Comment on What you want to say – 17th January, 2018 by dublinstreams

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:58:38 +0000

Globalisation, Inequality and the Rise of Populism Who is the Populist Irish Voter? Theresa Reidy1 University College Cork Jane Suiter Dublin City Universit some anti-elitism (more so in women) and (much less but some anti-foreigness) in FF and SF