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Issue No. 21 | Spring 2016

Between the Risings

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If you remove the English army tomorrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle, unless you set about the organisation of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain. England would still rule you. She would rule you through her capitalists, through her landlords, through her financiers, through the whole array of commercial and individualist institutions she has planted in this country and watered with the tears of our mothers and the blood of our martyrs. England would still rule you to your ruin, even while your lips offered hypocritical homage at the shrine of that Freedom whose cause you had betrayed. Nationalism without Socialism — without a reorganisation of society on the basis of a broader and more developed form of that common property which underlay the social structure of Ancient Erin — is only national recreancy.

—James Connolly

Between King and Kaiser

The Great War spurred the separatist movement, but it also blurred the lines between nationalism and socialism on the Irish left.

Between the Risings

As Ireland celebrates the centenary of 1916, the conditions on the island offer possibilities for socialist politics not seen in one hundred years.

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