The following is a two part personal opinion piece by Irish Socialist Republican, Seán Doyle, on the roll of electoralism in revolutionary struggle. The first piece was written on polling day 2019, while the second was written following the declaration of the election results.
Part 1- 24/05/2019.
I’m not going to mention the escalating depravity or the deteriorating human standards that continue to prevail with no end or solution in sight which forms the basis of part one.
Today is polling day an appropriate time to focus minds on its irrevelance.
Asking the questions without fear of not knowing all the answers and discounting fear of failure.
Recognising respectfully the efforts of those passed, who applied in their time with the knowledge available. This is in no way a criticism but it is a necessary appraisal.
With hindsight we are in a position to make our own evaluation and change course as long as our revolutionary objectives are not compromised.
“WE DON’T OWN THE DEAD AND THEY DON’T OWN US” SEAMUS COSTELLO.
Let’s continue our journey towards our destiny and reclaim our 32 county republic.
My firm belief electoralism, polls and spin is completely irrelevant and a distraction.
There is no stepping stone from reform to revolution, two utterly incompatible positions.
The former is predicated on dependency. The latter is independence.
While I recognise there are well meaning individuals amongst the elected, unfortunately other than than grandstanding on issues it only gives false hope to people. They are powerless but sadly people think if we only had more of them. Unfortunately the whole exercise is only perpetuating false hope which is part of the grand plan aided and abetted by a compliant media.
I too must admit I shared a belief that we could further our objectives at council level, but I now believe that was a mistake with hindsight. It only gives credibility in the mindset of our people that equality,justice and equal distribution of wealth is obtainable by the 26 county committee in Leinster House.
The thinking previously before modern technology was based on having our rep in the chamber and people in the public gallery to witness first hand who was highlighting their needs the theory was to expose and undermine confidence in the system in the council or Leinster House.
This has been tried and is an abysmal failure and has had the opposite effect,a complete emphasis on electoralism and dependency.
But is not to dismiss the intentions of some well meaning people who believed it was the way forward. We have the benefit of time passed.
We must build alternative structures in our communities, citizens rights etc,break the mould of subservient thinking and values of the ruling class subconsciously indoctrinated in us.
We must endeavour to develop our own principles and fight for our rights by our own rules and standards. This is not a sport queensberry rules or cricket for the elite as was their utterings in our modest first step in changing our strategy in our struggle.
BRING IT TO THEIR DOORS CAMPAIGN.
This is open class war.
Part 2- 30/05/2019.
I’m not going to mention the escalating depravity or the deteriorating human standards that continue to prevail with no end or solution in sight.
Now that the charade election is over do you think anything is better? For example will the next man or woman inevitably to die on our streets or the homeless children be saved a misery?
Will the burden of future evictions and mortgage debt reduce the number of bodies taken from our rivers or whatever method a distraught people may use?
Unfortunately not. The election result in the most part says go back doing business as usual.
If there was a more vigorous boycott campaign and reduced the national poll from 50/52 % to 30%, I’m being extremely generous, it would have been a more respectful outcome to the thousands that have had to endure.
The degree of detachment must be addressed. Their loyalty is not to serve us, which is obvious, but the ruling 1%.
Metaphorically speaking we have for years now hit the wall. The question we must ask ourselves is why we haven’t overcome this situation, a complete mental block, a fear of the unknown and untried.
Daunted to the extent of the challenge facing us we have tried to convince ourselves that there is merit in the electoral system which is bad enough, but worse still, we have given false hope to people.
We don’t have much time.
People are suffering and dying on our streets and not even reported in the news.
Our failings to address this will be responsible for the next generation by and large because of the lack of a home for children and basic stability necessary for normal development of values, empathy and formulation of character will cause larger numbers of dysfunctionality in our communities.
Unfortunately for others they will assume because of what we have allowed through our lack of courage daunted by fear of new ways to stop this cycle of greed driven depravity.
Unfortunately unless corrected our legacy will be responsible for the normalisation of the aforementioned.
Let’s face it and be done with electoralism to Leinster House or county councils. It is well overdue and establish revolutionary councils in our communities with our own bill of rights based on our 1919 republic.
Many might think it’s daunting and near impossible. I say it is time to reaffirm and change our struggle and claim our 32 County Socialist Republic.
Surely those who sacrificed their lives taking on the British empire were not swayed in thinking what they might achieve against such a military force.
Their battle was more for the minds of our own people asserting our right as a free nation and to all its wealth and resources.
What is ours by right must never be determined or diminished by our ability to reclaim it from the robber class.
We must break the mindset of subservience through our revolutionary councils, change the way of thinking and define new ways of collective action to assert our right for the day to day requirements necessary to sustain our people while building confidence, unity, restoring dignity and crucially self belief.
Crucially in our councils developing positive thinking with regard to what is ours by right even if it is withheld from us by thieves, sets the battle scene in focus for a future date.
My definition of a revolutionary is a political soldier, all deeds no matter how great or small that advance that objective is his or her obligation.
That is what has been missing and must be corrected. We have come full circle from subjects of a foreign monarchy to ever so briefly citizens of our own republic that was suppressed, crushed and murdered by the alliance of the British and their creation The Free State to become subjects again to the bankers and speculators.
It is time to throw off the shackles and reclaim our Republic once again.