Don’t mention the north!!! Actually, mention it as much as you can!
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This year being the centenary of the 1916 Rising there is a certain amount of discussion of what the 26-county state looks like. Many commentators have pointed out that it falls far short of the vision of the 1916 leaders in terms of equality.
What isn’t discussed much, however, is that it also falls far short in terms of population and territory. Indeed, one thing that seems off the discussion table is ‘the north’.
It’s safe enough to talk about socio-economic inequality in the south, but the carving out of part of Ireland and its continuing occupation by the British state, including British troops, is to be avoided in ‘polite’ society. We are simply supposed to forget that Ireland is all 32 counties, all of all four provinces and that you can’t build socialism in a neo-colony.
Let’s bring the north into the discussion. And not as an add-on, but as a central talking point. As Connolly noted when partition was being mooted before WW1, such an outcome would be the worst possible option as it would put the most reactionary forces in power on both sides of the border and create a ‘carnival of reaction’. Connolly also suggested that labour in the north should resist partition, by arms if necessary.
Today, the connection between partition and the abysmal nature of the political and economic realities in the six- and twenty-six county states has been obscured by the establishment and also by those sections of the left who want to separate the national and class question and basically deny that the first is still a question at all.
Trying to erase the six counties is a pernicious form of censorship. It’s particularly effective because it’s not a repressive law; it’s a kind of political and social norm which has been foisted on people.
But an Irish revolution worthy of the name, and worthy of struggling for, is an all-Ireland revolution creating an all-Ireland workers’ republic.
Posted on March 24, 2016, in 21st century republicanism and socialism, éirígí, Democratic rights - general, General revolutionary history, Historiography and historical texts, Irish politics today, Partition, Political education and theory, Unionism, loyalism, sectarianism. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.