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London: talk on finance and the imperialist world economy

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.

Venue details:
342N Norfolk Building (entrance on Surrey St)
King’s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

Summary:
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.

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Imperialists out of Ireland poster

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IRSP challenge British capitalist Labour Party’s attempts to organise in occupied Ireland

The article below appeared on the IRSP site on October 2:

Paid activists of the British Labour party (joined by supporters in the pacifist Belfast left) today attempted to use the guise of an anti-Tory austerity protest to promote efforts to organise electorally in the six counties, an intention which flies in the face of basic Socialist doctrine and traditional Labour claims to be ‘Anti-Imperialist’.capture-pngddewSporting a banner proclaiming ‘Ireland did not vote for Tory cuts / break the connection with England’ IRSP activists distributed leaflets to all those in attendance, focusing on the traditional Socialist aspiration of Irish independence and encouraging the Belfast left to return to the cause of National Liberation as espoused by Marx, Lenin and James Connolly.

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British Labour Party banner at City Hall

In recent months British Labour activists have been hosting meetings across the six counties aimed at building support for standing candidates in occupied Ireland; they have been supported in their efforts by the self styled ‘Socialist party’ formerly ‘Millitant Labour’ a dissident Labour party splinter group who effectively support the partition of Ireland and stronger links with the British left as a safe alternative to traditional Marxist aspirations towards Irish Freedom.

IRSP hand out leaflets to the pacifist left, urging them to adopt the socialist position

IRSP hand out leaflets to the pacifist left, urging them to adopt the socialist position

At a gathering at Belfast city hall, the IRSP in a civilised fashion gathered alongside the Labour activists with a view to offering the traditional Republican Socialist message, reminding them that Ireland was a subjected nation which has never had a chance to vote either for or against Tory cuts and promoting the wider cause of Irish independence as the principled socialist response to the continued economic and political oppression of our people.

Paid New Labour workers refused to speak to IRSPers

Paid New Labour workers refused to speak to IRSPers

The IRSP attempted to engage those in attendance in debate on the importance of the issue and while some younger members of the Socialist Party admirably agreed to do so, the full time Labour workers refused, appearing un-confident in their purpose and showing physical distain when told that they were speaking to the IRSP.

capture-pngffeww The Irish Republican Socialist Party holds to the traditional Labour principle of full Irish independence and anti-imperialism and promises that any attempts to dilute that principle under a false flag of Socialism will be challenged and exposed.

The leaflet urging those in attendance to return to the Socialist position.

The leaflet urging those in attendance to return to the Socialist position.

New poster for eirigi event

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Imperialism study group

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Not me, but I like the dude’s t-shirt

I’m currently involved with some other people in getting an Imperialism study group underway.  We will probably set up an e-group for this.

To read about it, go here.

26-county general election

I’ve written about this over on Redline.  See: Labour receives massive drubbing in southern Irish general election

James Connolly and the unions we need today in New Zealand

Folks may be interested in this – Connolly is relevant all over the world!

https://rdln.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/on-the-epmu-sfwu-merger-and-the-unions-we-need/

 

O’Donovan Rossa commemoration, Dublin, August 2

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Death of Peggy O’Hara

In 2007 Northern Assembly elections Peggy ran as a principled republican, winning just under 2,000 votes

In 2007 Northern Assembly elections Peggy ran as a principled republican, winning just under 2,000 votes

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Irish National Liberation Army guard of honour at Peggy’s funeral

Peggy's coffin draped by the Starry Plough, the flag of the revolutionary working class in Ireland

Peggy’s coffin draped by the Starry Plough, the flag of the revolutionary working class in Ireland

It’s with great sadness we learned of the death of Peggy O’Hara.  Peggy was a principled republican to the end.  She saw no reason to bend to the wind – let alone hot air – of Provisional nonsense which pretended they hadn’t been beaten and co-opted.  She saw no reason to sell out her principles for some crumbs from the table of British imperialism.

We’ll write a proper obit to her in due course.

Boston Marathon explosions

We’ve got up a piece on Redline, putting these in context: http://rdln.wordpress.com/2013/04/16/redline-email-discussion-reactions-to-boston-bombing-atrocity/