kropotkitten said: The IRA has ceased to be socialist and hasn't been even remotely socialistic since Connolly was murdered. The Irish Republic isn't very amiable as a liberated nation. Abortion is still outlawed there, even. But then again, Stalin outlawed abortion, so I'm sure you have no qualms with that.
Come on, you are way off here.
As I said in my post yesterday, I think the criticism of the Provisional IRA / Sinn Fein is well taken. I certainly don’t support them. (Of groups active during the Troubles, my own politics would have been a lot closer to the IRSP/INLA, not that it really matters now.)
(Also, as a relatively minor historical point, your timeline is way off here. The IRA wasn’t founded until after James Connolly’s murder. And socialists remained active and prominent in the RA until the split in the late 60s.)
More importantly, I think you missed the point about national liberation. The so-called Republic of Ireland is a (bad) state. National liberation is not about states; when we talk about national liberation we’re referring to the liberation of the Irish nation, across the whole island.
Certainly no serious revolutionary would think that defending the southern state has anything to do with national liberation. But partition does have a lot to do with why reactionary clerical politics have dominated the south for the last 80 years. It’s precisely the blindness to the importance of the national question that has helped partition continue and thereby fueled sectarianism and the empowerment of religious reactionaries on both sides of the “border”.
And if you think that I support the USSR’s restrictions on reproductive rights then you really have not been paying attention. I view those restrictions as a political crime against women and queers, and part of the counterrevolutionary turn of the Stalin era. I have posted about this before here and have picked fights with commie bloggers who defended those awful laws because I think no revolutionary should accept them or make excuses for them ever.
So if you want to attack me for my shit politics, please at least try to get them right. Otherwise it’s not much of a conversation.
(And meanwhile, maybe take a moment or two to leave think about whether a pure class struggle view that ignores partition really matches your own understanding of the dynamic of liberation and anti-capitalist struggle in Ireland.)