The main purpose of this blog is to present analysis and commentary on Irish society from a Marxist perspective. An ancillary purpose is to look at the transition from capitalism to socialism both in terms of the political programme to be advocated by left and socialist movements and the development of the capitalist system itself. If the latter is not creating the grounds for its supersession by a new society then political programmes will be idealistic constructs bound for failure.
The blog is written by someone who has been a Marxist for around 40 years. My maternal grandfather was an Irish emigrant to Glasgow and a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain during the 1930s and during and after the 2nd World War. He was a union member who lost his job more than once because of his union activities. My mother was also briefly a member of the Young Communist League. Both my mother and father were supporters of civil rights in the late 1960s in Belfast and were briefly members of the Northern Ireland Labour Party in the early 1970s. I therefore come from a left-wing background defined by politics and not by nationality or religion.
In 1975, after my family had moved to Scotland I became involved with socialist politics through the International Marxist Group in Glasgow and in 1976 I joined this organisation. I returned to Ireland to go to university and joined the Irish section of the Fourth International, the Movement for a Socialist Republic, in 1978. I was a member of the MSR and the successor organisations of the Irish section of the Fourth International up until 2012.
I am therefore a Marxist from the Trotskyist tradition. I hope that this blog will in some small way help inform newer generations of socialists and that a platform will be established in which they will help educate me. Comments, including full posts on any subject, are always welcomed. I can be contacted at email@example.com.