Happy St. Patrick’s Day from James Connolly

March 17, 2010 at 12:27 pm (Uncategorized)

Always liked this quotation from James Connolly.

If you remove the English army to-morrow 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.

 

“Socialism and NationalismShan Van Vocht, January 1897

Now, if you want to write and say that this is not what Connolly actually believed, or that he changed his mind, go ahead, but it doesn’t take away from the idea here.

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