Red Patriot, Vol. 6, No.9
Date:1st May 1983
Organisation: Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist)
Publication: Red Patriot
Issue:Volume 6, Number 9
Type:Publication Issue
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Subjects: International Workers' Day

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Commentary From The Cedar Lounge Revolution

18th May 2020

Many thanks to the person who forwarded this to the Archive.

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:

Comrade Workers,

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 concludes:

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.

Comrade Workers!

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.




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.

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  • By: Starkadder Thu, 21 May 2020 22:34:44

    Interesting. Things may have been so bad in early 80s Ireland that Hoxha’s land of bunkers and Ohrid trout might have seemed an attractive alternative.

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