Joe Conroy began a look at Lenin’s life and work in Issue 6 (March 2000). November 1918: Lenin is engaged in a fierce polemic with an opponent. He tears his antagonist’s arguments to pieces, shreds the pieces some more, and heaps contempt on his foe. The archetypal Lenin, some would say, and not without reason: … Continue reading Revolutionary Lives: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (part one)
Issue 5 (November 1999) featured a discussion of the great Scottish socialist by Maeve Connaughton. John Maclean was born on 24 August 1879 in Pollokshaws, not far from Glasgow. His father, a potter, died less than nine years later, leaving his mother to struggle at a variety of jobs in order to rear four children. … Continue reading Revolutionary Lives: John Maclean
On its 150th anniversary, Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh discussed the Communist Manifesto in Issue 3 (November 1998). The Communist Manifesto is 150 years old already, but the celebrations have been nothing to write home about. Magazines and papers, television and radio programmes have been beating the bushes all year for anyone who’ll answer to the name … Continue reading The Communist Manifesto: Birthday honours
Red Banner bade farewell in March 2016 with the following, opening Issue 63. Hopefully we will be able to continue walking the paths of the wind, because history continues beyond us, and when it says goodbye, it is saying: see you later. —Eduardo Galeano, 2010 This will be the last issue of Red Banner. Our … Continue reading Goodnight, and good luck
Phléigh Sinéad Nic Íomhair cás na dteifeach ag bogadh chun na hEorpa, agus doicheall an chórais rompu , in Eagrán 62 (Nollaig 2015) . Caidé a thug an nath “géarchéim na dteifeach” chuig barr achan mheán cumarsáide an samhradh seo a chuaigh thart? Bhí na milliúin teifeach ar domhan, cinnte, ach ní nuaíocht ar bith … Continue reading Gluaiseacht na saoirse
Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh examined a new edition of James Connolly’s The Re-Conquest of Ireland in Issue 61 (September 2015). John Callow, James Connolly & The Re-Conquest of Ireland (Evans Mitchell Books / GMB / RMT,) James Connolly’s pamphlet The Re-Conquest of Ireland was first published in early 1915, selling for sixpence. In 2008 Adam’s auctioneers, … Continue reading Rediscovering the reconquest
In Issue 60 (June 2015), seventy five years after Leon Trotsky’s assassination, Joe Conroy tackled the enigma of his defeat at the hands of Stalin. The personal fate of Leon Trotsky has often come to personify the destiny of the Russian revolution, and not without reason. His precipitous ascent to the heights of revolutionary glory … Continue reading How did Trotsky lose?
Noel McDermott reviewed two books on the Irish Citizen Army in Issue 59 (March 2015). Ann Matthews, The Irish Citizen Army (Mercier)Leo Keohane, Captain Jack White: Imperialism, anarchism & the Irish Citizen Army (Merrion Press) The Irish Citizen Army deserves all the attention it gets in labour historiography, and probably more. After all, it’s not … Continue reading Army dreamers
In Eagrán 58 (Nollaig 2014) phléigh Sinéad Nic Íomhair cuid de na ceisteanna a bhain leis an reifreann ar chomhionannas pósta a bhí geallta. Ba rud mór ag na Gaeil le fada é pósadh cothrom a dhéanamh. Beidh reifreann ar siúl go gairid a chuirfeas ar ár gcumas pósadh cothrom a chur ar bun fá … Continue reading Níl leigheas ar an chrá ach pósadh
In September 2014, on the 150th anniversary of the International Working Men’s Association, in Issue 57 Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh examined Marx’s involvement. The 1950s have a bad press and deservedly so, but the 1850s make them look a positively progressive decade. Across Europe the revolutions of 1848 were defeated, their protagonists keeping their heads down, … Continue reading Marx and the new International
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