I’m only too aware that some stuff I had promised to get up by the end of May is not yet up. In particular some book reviews, the Markievicz pamphlet What Republicans Stand For, and something on the role of government spending in a specifically capitalist economy and why the Keynesian call for its expansion will make the crisis worse not be some kind of improvement. In the next couple of weeks I am rather frenetically busy, but will be able to get up some of this stuff. From mid-June, however, my work-work eases off a fair bit and I’ll have more time to work on the blog.
One of the things that I hope to be able to do is a weekly review of what’s on socialist-republican sites. I’m often tempted to put up heaps of stuff on this site from those other sites, and I do in fact put up quite a lot. In future, however, while I’ll still be putting up stuff from those sites, I’m going to cut down the amount of it by doing a regular review with links to particular articles and videos.
What I want to start getting stuck into after mid-June is book reviews; more interviews; a series of educational study guides on Irish history, Connolly, Costello and Marx & Engels (in particular around the intertwined national and class question); and work on the political economy of the island today. I will also be continuing to argue for socialist-republican unity in action.
I believe the mid-long term aim of such unity in action should be the formation of a single socialist-republican organisation but even unity in action for its own sake would be a significant step forward. For instance, I think it’s crazy that each organisation has its own Easter commemoration. What is so difficult about, for instance, éirígí, the IRSP and the RNU – all of which declare themselves to be unequivocally socialist-republican – holding common Easter commemorations? What law of the universe, let alone of socialist-republicanism, declares that they must all hold separate commemorations? From what I can see the only reason this happens is that the three groups all arose at different times from different splits – one a split from the Officials and the other two arising originally from recent splits in the Provos.
OK, fair enough, that’s just how things happen. But can we now not move beyond how things historically have created these three organisations to understanding the need to act consciously to maximise the impact of socialist-republicanism and build a revolutionary movement across the island?
Take the Easter commemorations. Imagine a joint éirígí/IRSP/RNU commemoration in Belfast and Dublin. Have a speaker from each organisation plus someone like Bernadette. Mobilise everyone that can be. In fact, for events like Easter commemorations, invites could go to groups like the 32CSM (who don’t call themselves socialists, although most individual members probably would) and RSF, who may be determined All Aloners but who may also surprise – don’t know until you try them.
In the meantime, socialist-republican disunity makes the Brits and the Free Staters stronger and leaves the Provos laughing all the way to Stormont. And the working class puzzled.
Anyway, enough of the frustrated rant. The other practical thing I want to do is start organising some public meetings here to build solidarity with socialist-republicans in Ireland and publicise issues around the prisoners and repression.