Issue 36 (June 2009) published this article by James Connolly for the first time since his execution. Home Thrusts [The Workers’ Republic, September 10 1898] I have just concluded a brief study of a paper published in London under the title of New Ireland: a Non-Sectarian Paper for Irishmen in Great Britain and Abroad. After … Continue reading The Hidden Connolly 36
Joe Conroy examined the strengths and weaknesses of Lenin’s last book in Issue 35 in March 2009. Lenin’s last book was written in April 1920 to be in time for the second congress of the Communist International a couple of months later. Its aim was to draw lessons from the Bolsheviks’ experience for the benefit … Continue reading Socialist Classics: N Lenin, ‘ “Left-Wing” Communism: An infantile disorder’
Kevin Higgins reviewed a collection of politically engaged poetry in Issue 33 (September 2008). Dave Lordan, The Boy in the Ring (Salmon Poetry) In the small world that is the Irish poetry scene Dave Lordan is, to say the least of it, an unusual case. His poetic imagination is politically engaged in a way that … Continue reading Poetry to save lives
Noel McDermott reviewed a book on the Labour Party’s disappointing history in Issue 30 in December 2007. Niamh Puirséil, The Irish Labour Party 1922-73 (UCD Press) It turned out timely that a new book on the Labour Party’s history was published just as that party was putting a new man in the saddle. Not because … Continue reading When was Labour?
Issue 29 in September 2007 brought another article by James Connolly unpublished since his death, calling for workers’ unity in Belfast. Belfast Notes [The Irish Worker, November 25 1911] Labour in Belfast had the offer of a rare treat on Tuesday in the shape of a lecture by Tom Mann,1 but unfortunately it did not … Continue reading The Hidden Connolly 29
In Issue 27 in March 2007, Colm Breathnach discussed the relevance of one of Marx’s key works. On rereading The Eighteenth Brumaire, what is most striking is that it is packed with insights that are relevant to contemporary struggles. The pamphlet describes and analyses the events spanning the period from the overthrow of France’s Orleanist … Continue reading Socialist Classics: Karl Marx, ‘The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte’
In Issue 25 (July 2006) Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh argued for clarity and unity on the left. Before we can unite, and in order that we may unite, we must first of all firmly and definitely draw the lines of demarcation. Lenin Revolutionaries are from Venus: reformists are from Mars. A gaping fault line runs through … Continue reading Drawing the line
A great if flawed work of Marxist theory, argued Maeve Connaughton in Issue 23 (November 2005). This collection of essays written between 1919 and 1922 is one of the best fruits of the re-flowering of Marxist thought brought forth by the capitulation of reformism in the first world war and the Russian revolution of 1917. … Continue reading Socialist Classics: György Lukács, ‘History and Class Consciousness’
In Issue 20 (November 2004) Joe Conroy reviewed an assessment of Lenin’s politics in 1917. V I Lenin, Revolution at the Gates: A Selection of Writings from February to October 1917, edited and with an Introduction and Afterword by Slavoj Žižek (Verso) Karl Marx is almost accepted in polite society these days. Guardian journalists write books … Continue reading Come back Ilyich, all is forgiven
More writings of James Connolly, unavailable for over a century, appeared in Issue 19 in July 2004. Landlordism in Towns [The Workers’ Republic, November 18 1899] In an early issue of the Workers’ Republic we pointed out that the Corporation of Dublin had it in its power to sensibly mitigate the sufferings of the industrial … Continue reading The Hidden Connolly 19
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