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The Need for a United, Revolutionary, 1916 Commemoration

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Here in Ireland there are many 1916 commemorations that are held annually by various groups and parties, but unfortunately, only a very divided fraction of those celebrate it from a revolutionary point of view.

 

As we enter an even deeper economic crisis of uncertainty and destitution, the choke hold of capitalism continues to tighten its grasp among its hapless victims. What we are witnessing now, is how our history, both past and present, are inextricably linked together through struggle. And how that time and time again, capitalism continues to dominate over our very lives, everyday.

 

What’s needed is a united approach for an independent 1916 commemoration with a more revolutionary meaning, linking both our past history to the present situation today. One organised by those on the left who adhere to the ideals of James Connolly and all those who fought and died in the name of national and economic emancipation.

 

Now, more than ever, do we need to resurrect that revolutionary spirit that once existed among our forefathers as they marched out united, from the mighty pillars of the GPO to face the foe.

 

A united 1916 commemoration, linking both our past history to the present day situation we all face, would certainly help mobilise the left and aid in the revival of the flame that has been left out fluttering in the breeze, one that has almost but not entirely, been extinguished. A commemoration that will help fan the flames of resistance and lay the foundations from where we can organise and mobilise comrades from far and near so as to build a platform for which all struggles in Ireland can be amalgamated against capitalist and imperialist dominance, and be brought together by one massive, mass influx of organised activists, to combat all the issues we face today, head on, and move forward towards the goal of our national and economic liberation. And in order for all of the people on this island to have a fair slice of the cake, when the means of production, distribution and wealth in Ireland, are finally liberated from the hands of the usurpers, from the set of landowners, the elite, and those who continue to rule and abuse their power under the protection of representational democracy.

 

In the spirit of 1916 and the gallant men and women who rose up against an empire, let us reflect upon the words of Comrade Connolly, as we ponder a noble cause, the cause of labour and the fulfilment of a Socialist Republic.

 

“Therefore, friends and comrades in the fight, the Workers’ Republic salutes you with joyfulness as it salutes our oppressors with defiance, and “RESURGAM”, “I will rise again” is its cry as it is the cry of the disinherited the world over. Robbed and despoiled as we are, exiles in our own land wherever that land may be, degraded to the lot of “human tools to build another’s pride”, we of the working class, toiling painfully up the ages from ignorance to knowledge, from superstition to science, from Bondage to Freedom, crushed into the earth as our fathers have been, we yet proudly take up their burden and, casting aside all thoughts of compromise with the forces of iniquity, we devote ourselves anew to the task of uprooting the last traces of slavery from this old earth of ours.”

 

“Let the great ones of the world note this cry, the cry of the revolutionary spirit, welling up from the hearts of their rebellious slaves:”

 

“RESURGAM: I will rise again.”

 

- James Connolly

 

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I think that is a very valid aspiration, but, in reality, the various groups use these commemorations to lay out their stalls to attract recruits. I don't think they would ever give up that and come together for a united commemoration. Of course, the obvious question is: If Republicans can't unite themselves for an Easter commemoration, how in the hell do they expect to unite Ireland?

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PSF only got 300 people max at their commemoration at the GPO this Easter, RSF even less. It's clear that the commemoration of the Easter Rising is dying a death in Dublin. People are sick and tired of hearing the same speech trotted out every Easter, year after year, and hearing the same people trotting out pointless party lines. Something certainly needs to be done, or the Republican effort in 2016 will be as futile and pathetic as the Republican reaction to the visit of the English monarch.

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A better commemoration for the men of 1916 would be a massive increased effort put into building a revolution and acts of civil disobedience, in my opinion.

 

True, but, as Lenin said, it's very important that the working class see their power laid out before them. A massive commemoration would be a good way for the working class to demonstrate its own power to itself. This is the reason the DPRK puts such huge efforts into mass demonstrations. It gives the Korean working class a sense of their own invincible strength.

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