The Ripening of Time, No. 9
Organisation: Ripening of Time Collective
Publication: The Ripening of Time
Issue:Number 9
December 1977 - March 1978
Type:Publication Issue
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Commentary From The Cedar Lounge Revolution

4th June 2018

Many thanks to the person who scanned this document.

As noted before with the Ripening of Time series the sheer volume of the publication is beyond providing an clear précis. The topic of this edition is Capital and follows on from previous editions already in the Archive – most notably No. 7 of which some articles are direct successors. The contents includes a piece on The Break-Up of Capital part II, On the Problem of Democratic Unity by Roy Johnston, further Reflections on Agriculture and Book Reviews.

As the introduction ‘to the reader’ notes:

This issue of The Ripening of Time concentrates on identifying the major elements for an examination of the bourgeois class and its origins in Ireland.

And the Editorial from the Ripening of Time Collective argues that:

These last few issues have examined the historical co-existence of different modes of production in Ireland. The complex and contradictory class structure which has resulted from that history will be the object of study for the next few issues. We have started this work and will continue to analyse the Irish social formation from the standpoint that the Capitalist Mode of Prodcution is the dominant mode in the 32 cos. – and thus the fundamental contradiction between capital and labour is the main motor force of class struggle.

The piece by Roy Johnston is particularly interesting in that it covers efforts for left unity in the mid to late 1970s including the Communist Party of Ireland, the Liaison Committee of the Labour Left and Sinn Féin the Workers Party.

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  • By: Lamentreat Mon, 04 Jun 2018 20:57:19

    Not to reduce it to its design, but that is one great cover, front and back.

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  • By: WorldbyStorm Mon, 04 Jun 2018 21:08:45

    In reply to Lamentreat.

    +1. And just to say on the left we can get suspicious of good design but it’s always struck me that genuinely revolutionary environments have produced brilliant innovative design

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  • By: Lamentreat Mon, 04 Jun 2018 21:53:47

    well, those environments encourage clarity and create human energy

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  • By: WorldbyStorm Mon, 04 Jun 2018 22:00:36

    In reply to Lamentreat.

    Absolutely. I’m not a Leninist but the first few years of the revolution were remarkable for the assist they gave to design and art (granted innovative movements were taking place prior to it, but in parallel and also more widely in Europe). And similarly in other parts.

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