|1st May 1983
|Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist)
|Volume 6, Number 9
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|International Workers' Day
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As is now customary, an edition of Red Patriot from the Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist) to celebrate May. This edition from 1983 notes:
Throughout the world in the spirit of proletarian internationalism.
This is the centenary year of the death of Karl Marx. So May Day this year is a celebration of Marx’s tremendous revolutionary contribution. Together with his great life-long friend and collaborator, Frederik Engels, Marx for the first time put the movement of the working class on a scientific and fully class
conscious basis. Marx demonstrated the inevitability of the coming triumph of the working class over capitalism and the bourgeoisie. Marx showed how the inexorable laws of historical development had fitted the workers to carry through the historic destiny of their class –the liberation of humanity as a whole from class exploitation, from national enmities ,the scourge of war and from all other kinds of reaction ( racism, the oppression of women and the prevalence of ignorance, superstition etc. ). For the workers could only achieve their own emancipation by abolishing the exploitation of man by man itself, and thus with this the basis for all these other evils of thousands of years of the history of class society.
Lenin and the Bolsheviks applied the theory of Marxism and organised the first successful party of the working class, able to mobilise the workers and around the workers the masses of the oppressed in Russia in the great October Socialist Revolution of 1917. Stalin upheld and defended the great achievement of socialism in the Soviet Union for thirty years…
It is bad enough for the workers of capitalist countries which ore self-governing. They have to fight the deceptive and oppressive system of bourgeois “democracy” and sham “socialism” ( in the capitalist west and eastern revisionist countries) — i.e. against the real dictatorship of the bourgeois ruling class. But here in Ireland a foreign aggress-or — British imperialism -stands in the way of us workers settling accounts with the capitalist system and the exploiting bourgeoisie. Just as it is the destiny of the working class throughout the world to unite the people and oppressed nations for the overthrow of world imperialism, in Ireland it is the destiny of the workers to unite and lead the entire Irish people in the just democratic struggle for national liberation. This is the only way to open up the path to socialism in Ireland.
Let us restore the original revolutionary character of May Day by rededicating ourselves to the class struggle and the revolution. Let us make our contribution to the liberation of world humanity, in this the general stage of proletarian socialist revolution in the world, by overthrowing imperialism in Ireland, by overthrowing British imperialism.
MAKE THE RICH PAY FOR THE CRISIS!
UNITY AND FREEDOM TO THE IRISH PEOPLE!
WORKERS OF THE WORLD, UNITE !
Other pieces examine how ‘Students persist in struggle against the cuts’, ’the Lessons of the Tax Campaign’ noting ‘The Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist) has actively participated in this struggle since it first emerged as a major mass movement around 1978/79’. There’s a report on the first Spirit of Freedom campaign first public meeting and a report on how ‘prices of 137 kinds of medicine reduced in socialist Albania’. Another report notes the 6th International Anti-fascist and Anti-imperialist Youth Camp to be held later that year.