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

Philip Ferguson philip.ferguson at canterbury.ac.nz
Sun Dec 10 18:54:04 MST 2006

Luko, even the title you gave this thread is a reformist nonsense.

"Common solutions" in Ireland, for revolutionaries, are all-Ireland
solutions by the mass of the people, not "common solutions" with the
neo-colonial regime in Dublin.

As Ruairi O Bradaigh said way back in the 1970s, "We have no desire to
attach the six counties to the 26-county state.  We're trying to escape
it ourselves."  (That's not the exact wording, but it's along those
lines; it was about telling Northern Protestants they had nothing to
fear from a *real* united Ireland as opposed to the merger of the two

Of course, under Adams' leadership, New Sinn Fein's highest horizon is
not a real united Ireland, whether constructed through a
national-democratic or socialist revolution, but the simple merger of
the two statelets into a bigger neo-colony.  Which is also where Donal's
nice "unarmed American businessmen" come into their own.   

And that, of course, is the programme of simple bourgeois nationalism -
indeed neo-colonial bourgeois nationalism.  It is not the programme of
Connolly, the programme of national liberation and socialism. 

I'd be interested in other comrades' views, especially John McA and Liam
O R, of whether even that "solution" of a neo-colonial merger is on the
agenda.  (A few years ago I thought it was, but now I'm not so sure.)


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