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I haven’t been doing much on the blog for some weeks. . .
This is partly because of work on Redline blog and partly the interruptions of life in general. I was away for ten days and tied up with other stuff and then I had a lot of other things to catch up with when I got back home.
I’m currently transcribing some more more Fintan Lalor stuff to go on the blog and then I just have to do some proofing and correcting on Constance Markievicz’s 1923 pamphlet What Irish Republicans Stand For and I’ll get that up. It would have gone up long ago except I have a print out that I made of it back in the late 1980s and when me and a friend were typing it up I noticed that several lines were missing at the bottom of a number of pages. I have had to wait several years to be able to get hold of those lines, but I’ve been able to find and fix them.
Then I have a substantial little body of books I need to review. It is now several years since most of these books were actually published!!! However, the stuff I tend to read is material that doesn’t date, so the reviews would still be highly relevant.
I’m still very keen to get other people writing for this site.
Also, Redline would love to run a piece on the anti-water charges campaign and its recent sweeping victory. But everyone I ask is so busy with actual campaigning, no-one has time. If anyone who reads this blog fancies taking it on, that would be great.
Redline is a totally independent site, it’s not aligned with any political organisation or tendency. So there should be no complications in anyone writing for it.
Tony Norfield will be giving a lecture next week at King’s College, London, on Wednesday 8 February.
The session is from 6pm to 8pm, and is part of a series of seminars at King’s on Contemporary Marxist Theory.
The seminars are open to the public, but arrive in time to get signed in if you want to attend.
342N Norfolk Building (entrance on Surrey St)
King’s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS
This paper discusses how the financial system both expresses and reinforces the power of major countries. Developing Marx’s theory by examining bank credit creation, bond and equity markets, the paper shows how what Marx called the ‘law of value’ is modified by the evolution of finance. To understand imperialism today, one has to recognise how financial markets help the centralisation of ownership and control of the world economy. They are also an important way in which the US and the UK siphon off the world’s resources. The question of Brexit and the City of London is also discussed.
by Mick Healy
“In 1966 we in Ireland celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rebellion (1916). The writings of James Connolly, which prior to then had been read little, and then only by the older hands’, began to be read more widely. The younger generation found through his writings that he was not quite as the Christian Brothers in school taught – “only the 7th leader’ of 19l6.” They found in his writings Connolly the revolutionary, the worker, the union organiser and Marxist”.
– Peter Graham, Workers Fight, June 1968.
Comrades who have read about the Irish Revolution know something about the contributions made by Nora Connolly O’Brien, Michael Davitt, Liam Mellows and Frank Ryan, but many do not understand the important contributions made by significant but lesser-known figures such as revolutionary Marxist Peter Graham. Peter came from 46 Reginald Street in the Liberties of Dublin and attended Bolton St College of Technology. Working as an electrician in CIE he was a shop-steward for the Electrical Trade Union. He joined the Labour Party, but discontented with their lack of radicalism shifted over to the Communist Party. Disillusioned with their reformism, he left and became involved with Irish Workers Group and then the League for a Workers’ Republic, an organisation openly declaring itself revolutionary and Marxist, identifying with the Trotskyist current of Marxism.
With single-minded dedication he was the Read the rest of this entry