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As 2011 draws to a close we send greetings to our supporters and activists at home and abroad. We salute the dedication and enthusiasm shown by all during the past year. It has been a difficult year for Republicans, we have seen ever increasing levels of harassment of our activists on both sides of the border. This has extended beyond the targeting of individuals and is now being used as a tool of coercion against extended families and whole communities. The true nature of the six county state has been revealed as in the past year it has reverted to type. We have witnessed the reintroduction of the supergrass trial, political policing, sectarian marches and the criminalizing of Republican POWs.

 

The 32CSM salutes the courage of the POWs in both Maghaberry and Portlaoise in the past year. An agreement that was signed in good faith by the POWs was reneged on by the prison service, but it is the British government and their accomplices at Stormont who bare the ultimate responsibility for the ongoing crisis. We call on them to recognize the agreement and to end the degrading and unnecessary strip searches.

We send greetings and solidarity to Marian Price, interned once again in a British gaol. Marian’s case should not be of interest only to republicans but to all who profess a concern for human rights and justice. The 32CSM will step up and expand our campaign in 2012 to highlight this blatant disregard for Marian’s human rights. We will not stop until she is back with her family and comrades.

 

The economic situation in Ireland has not only deteriorated in the past year it has exposed the fundamental contradiction in Capitalism and those who adhere to it in this country. Whilst the majority are told to shoulder the burden of the few, those who exploit and betray the working class remain immune. The 32CSM has laid out the framework for a new Ireland, sovereign politically, economically and socially on the basis that it is the people of Ireland who must decide how their country functions. The occupation of the six counties by an Imperialist power is mirrored now in the 26 counties by an administration that is directed by the IMF. The power wielded by both imperialism and capitalism in Ireland is an impediment to the Republic envisioned by Connolly, Lalor, Pearse and Tone.

 

The forces of resistance ranged against these twin impediments to progress are multifaceted in both their approach and character. The 32CSM recognizes that whilst the cause of the conflict in Ireland is left out of political discourse then the solution will remain out of reach. The IRA has struck against the forces of the occupation and the capitalist institutions that enable and compliment the efforts of normalization. The IRA are not the cause of conflict in Ireland they are a response to the conditions created by Imperialism in Ireland. The 32CSM believes that there is no room for ambiguity on the issue of resistance. To refuse to engage with those who acknowledge that resistance is inevitable and legitimate is to endorse the establishment narrative.

 

The 32CSM in 2011 showed our resolute commitment to make our Republicanism an active and relevant ideology. Our activists have been to the forefront in an array of campaigns across Ireland. Whether it is the issue of drug abuse in working class communities or right wing economic cuts against services we have recognized that it is imperative for us to respond to the needs of our communities. In the coming year we will enhance and broaden this social commitment and articulate our vision of a Republicanism that will meet the needs of the people of Ireland and provide a framework for political and social liberation.

 

We will continue the struggle in the coming year and we are confident that with courage and a sincere commitment to Republican values it will be a year of success and a defiant response to those who seek to destroy our movement and all it stands for.

 

Beir Bua

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Guest Felix Rourke

Posted this on ir.net expecting a response from a 32, but it seems they're shying away from the cold reality of things:

 

to be honest I doubt their "Socialism" will ever be put to work. The new found socialism seems to have developed hand in hand with the new found "socialism" the IRA have sought to play on by attacking banks. The only way to prove that this is not opportunism on the part of the 32s and hence the IRA is to purge the right-wing elements within the organisation and adopt a major socialist policy paper and outlook.

 

They seem to just be kidding themselves otherwise, trying to balance the reactionaries in their org with the vauge anti-capitalist sentiment of the working-class since 2008. It's no good playing on this vagueness, you need to tell the people the truth i.e the Worker's Republic is the goal, and hammer that home constantly. The tone of the New Year statement says it all - it's more anti-Capitalist than socialist. Sort of like the Occupy Dame Street linked with Nationalism. What they need is Republican-Socialism and nothing short of it if they are to make any headway

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I think that sums up the history of the Republican Movement all down the line. The leaderships were always trying to maintain a very broad front between Communists on one side, and out and out reactionaries on the other. When push came to shove, however, it was always the Communists that got the short end of the stick - like with the Republican Congress in the 1930s.

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Posted this on ir.net expecting a response from a 32, but it seems they're shying away from the cold reality of things:

 

to be honest I doubt their "Socialism" will ever be put to work. The new found socialism seems to have developed hand in hand with the new found "socialism" the IRA have sought to play on by attacking banks. The only way to prove that this is not opportunism on the part of the 32s and hence the IRA is to purge the right-wing elements within the organisation and adopt a major socialist policy paper and outlook.

 

They seem to just be kidding themselves otherwise, trying to balance the reactionaries in their org with the vauge anti-capitalist sentiment of the working-class since 2008. It's no good playing on this vagueness, you need to tell the people the truth i.e the Worker's Republic is the goal, and hammer that home constantly. The tone of the New Year statement says it all - it's more anti-Capitalist than socialist. Sort of like the Occupy Dame Street linked with Nationalism. What they need is Republican-Socialism and nothing short of it if they are to make any headway

 

Not just the 32s guilty of this, RSF make the same overtures towards socialism, but they, and those who share their analysis, fail to act accordingly. The RSF New Year statement in 2011 talked of class war. No follow through on the promises!

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No republicam group adheres to the true tenants of socialism nor puts them into practise, its easier to stick the odd reference to Connolly or surround themselves in revolutionary symbolism then it is to adopt policies that many who we shouldnt worry about would deem cloud cuckoo land, like adoptong land and property nationalisation.

 

I will admit I was one for shying away from socialism when promoting republicanism, as I felt most of it was just rhetoric, which it was, which goes against ones revolutionary tendencies but now Capitalism is in decline and the publics overwhelming desire for it to be humililated for spotlight put on its crimes.

Republicans cannot afford to miss this opportunity to exhibit real revolutionary tendency and not the tired old 'Brits Out line worry about everything later'.

 

In regards this statement, 32s are to be commended for standing by the principles of republicanism, but then again its nothing we havent heard already.

And agree with above poster, while republican desire for British withdrawal is at core and nothing else, it does leave it open to mish mash of all persuasions

 

 

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And agree with above poster, while republican desire for British withdrawal is at core and nothing else, it does leave it open to mish mash of all persuasions

 

Well, that's really the problem. Simply getting the Brits out doesnt change anything, and most people won't get excited about a campaign that will, ultimately, change nothing. Really, the Communist Party of Ireland should be at the fore front of the patriotic campaign - as the Communist Parties were in China and Vietnam. In their present states, neither Irish Republicanism nor Irish Communism are connecting with the work that needs to be done. As long as that is the case, they must, necessarily stay on the fringes of Irish life.

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How do people think that RNU fare on this front when compared with the 32s and RSF? They too have adopted a socialst rhetoric (at times at least), but I have yet to see anything concrete materialise from them either.

 

In fairness to RNU their membership comprises nearly entirely of republican socialists.

 

They share similar platform to likes of RSF and 32s, but for me difference is there is geniuene interest in exploring socialism and practising revolutionary methods in communities.

 

In Belfast, their strongest area, they are at forefront of community led intiatives such as CFAD and GARC, Id imagine vunerable communites a boost knowing they have republican movement behind them.

 

I also find RNU that bit more progressive and laid back in their attitude to wider political sphere.

 

Yes true like the rest its alot of rhetoric but its not 'Brits out and we'll men do it', they are open to letting communities take lead

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How do people think that RNU fare on this front when compared with the 32s and RSF? They too have adopted a socialst rhetoric (at times at least), but I have yet to see anything concrete materialise from them either.

 

I feel that RNU have proven in the last while, that they are committed to socialism and are not prepared to pay lip-service to their socialism.

I will admit, that there is plenty of room for improvement and in the near future I hope to see some solid socialist policy documents and a constitution put across the board.

 

As for the 32CSM, I don't know how anyobody could take them serious as socialists. The fact that this statement below still remains in the public domain, which was written two years ago by the Dublin branch of the 32CSM, is testament to where the 32's stand on socialism.

 

Dublin 32 CSM tell David Begg General Secretary ICTU: "When you have nothing good to say then please be silent."

http://wicklow32csm.blogspot.com/2010/10/union-leader-out-of-touch.html

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that statement, if you could call it that, is ridiculous - the 32s are just superchucks, trying to out shinner the shinners in the militaristic aspect, which is never going to happen. They'd want to seriously re-assess very soon.

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Is the following portion of their statement not an indication that there has been at least some measure of reconsideration.

 

The economic situation in Ireland has not only deteriorated in the past year it has exposed the fundamental contradiction in Capitalism and those who adhere to it in this country. Whilst the majority are told to shoulder the burden of the few, those who exploit and betray the working class remain immune.

 

The more that groups like the 32csm link the national struggle with the economic struggle the better. Of course, we should continue to press them for more.

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