Joe Conroy opened an examination of the work of Engels in Issue 3 (November 1998). Friedrich Engels has suffered a curious fate in the century since his death. Some have consigned him to the role of Karl Marx’s other half, fashioned from one of the ribs that surrounded Marx’s dodgy liver. According to this view, … Continue reading Revolutionary Lives: Friedrich Engels (part one)
In Issue 2 (May 1998) we continued to publish articles by James Connolly which had never appeared since his execution. “Soldiers of the Queen” [Workers’ Republic, 15 July 1899] The opprobrious epithet “hired assassins,” so often applied to the Army by Socialist propagandists, seems to many people in Ireland—accustomed as they are to the double-dealing … Continue reading The Hidden Connolly 2
In November 1997 the first issue of Red Banner opened like this: Red Banner is a revolutionary socialist magazine. If you are sick of the way the world is run, then Red Banner is for you. We intend to present socialist ideas to as many people as we can, and to develop and apply those … Continue reading Unfurling Red Banner
In March 2016 Red Banner bowed out with Issue 63, which featured the first English translation of this article by Victor Serge. The Russian-Belgian revolutionary Victor Serge (1890-1947) lived in Russia from 1919, witnessing the triumphs and tragedies of its revolution. As well as working for the revolution within Russia, he attempted to win over … Continue reading Revolution in legend and reality
In Issue 62 (December 2015) Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh unearthed the story of a man jailed for innocently opposing war. Someone must have been saying things about Michael Fennell because, without having done anything wrong, he was arrested one day, on 18 April 1915 on Shelbourne Road in Ballsbridge. While the area has often served as … Continue reading The case of Michael Fennell
Céad bliain tar éis do Grúpa an Internationale é a chur amach, aistríodh an forógra seo in Eagrán 61 (Meán Fómhair 2015). I 1915 thosaigh sóisialaithe na Gearmáine ag eagrú in aghaidh an chogaidh mhóir, ainneoin formhór a bpáirtí a bheith ar a shon. D’éirigh leo nuachtán a chur amach, Die Internationale, agus ainmníodh a … Continue reading Sóisialachas in aghaidh an chogaidh
A century and a half after the birth of W B Yeats, Kevin Higgins gave this assessment in Issue 60 in June 2015. When I was at school I had next to no interest in poetry, even managing to fail English in the Leaving Cert the first time around. It was the way it was … Continue reading The political contradictions of Yeats
In Issue 59 (March 2015) Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh uncovered a sorry chapter in the publication of James Connolly’s writings. There is always some excuse ready for evasion. The difficulty is, that every party likes some part of the truth; no party likes it all; but we must have it all, every line of it. We … Continue reading Where, oh, where is our James Connolly?
Maeve Connaughton marked the centenary of the first world war in Issue 58 (December 2014). Listening to much of the standard media coverage of the first world war’s centenary, you get a scratchy feeling at the back of the throat, and a certain tightness in the lungs. No doubt about it: this time round, the … Continue reading Oh, what a lovely war?
Aistríodh an saothar seo le Émile Masson in Eagrán 2014 i Meán Fómhair 2014. Ba shóisialaí Briotánach é Émile Masson (1869-1923). Ba mhúinteoir é a ghlac páirt i ngluaiseachtaí radacacha a linne, agus tionchar an ainrialachais go láidir air. Chuir sé glan in aghaidh sóisialaithe a mhol d’oibrithe na Fraince teacht le chéile mar aon … Continue reading Na Briotánaigh agus an sóisialachas
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