[Marxism] Looking for common solutions in NI - with London or with Dublin?

Danielle Ni Dhighe danielle at irsm.org
Sun Dec 10 17:49:10 MST 2006

At 11:01 AM 12/10/2006, Lüko Willms wrote:
 >The 17% are the all-British tax rate for the "United Kingdom
 >of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" -- Sinn Féin proposed
 >to leave the country UK for a common solution with the 26
 >counties, for an all-Irish tax rate of 12%.

Except it's not all-Irish.  The corporate taxes 
in the North will still go to Britain and the 
lower tax rates will benefit multinational 
corporations.  A 12% corporate tax is hardly 
progressive, let alone radical, and I fail to see 
how it can play any role in national liberation 
or working class liberation in Ireland.

 >Do you think that Northern Ireland should keep the Union with
 >England, maybe out of a workerist illusion that the Union is
 >better for the workers?

I would suggest taking the time to think through 
your responses before sending them, because 
accusing a member of the IRSM, a revolutionary 
republican socialist movement whose members have 
been jailed and murdered because of their 
opposition to British imperialism, of having an 
illusion that the Union is good for workers makes 
you look ignorant.  The only illusion here is 
that SF hasn't abandoned both the class question 
and the national question in favor of 
neo-liberalism and reformism, and that's an 
illusion shared only by yourself and Donal.

 >The experience of real struggles says, that you can't achieve
 >neither one if one makes the national question to a side issue
 >of an alleged class struggle orientation.

The experience of real struggles in Ireland shows 
what happens when the class question is divorced 
from the national question, resulting in either 
apolitical militarism or reformism, both of which 
play into the hands of the imperialists.  Even 
the IRSM hasn't been immune from that.  When an 
apolitical militarist leadership took over from 
the 1980s into the 1990s, the movement went into 
decline.  That's the objective experience of the Irish struggle.

 >instead of helping to organize the Irish workers to a party
 >by and for themselves, you insist on subjecting them to
 >British tax laws and rules, i.e. to His Majety's Chancellor
 >of Exchequer.

Actually, we're talking about corporations, many 
of them foreign multinationals, here rather than 
workers - and whether the tax rate is 17% or SF's 
proposed 12%, the money will still go to the 
British government.  Your argument is absurd.

Danielle Ni Dhighe
Coordinating Committee Member
Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America
danielle at irsm.org - http://www.irsm.org/irsm.html

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