Breaking the Chains: Pamphlet Launch

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PUBLIC EVENT.

Breaking the Chains is an interesting and thought provoking pamphlet put together in 1981. It sets out to put the works of Connolly together into one coherent pamphlet and analyze, connect and sometimes scrutinize them. It was put together as an analysis and a method to highlight that women were once again being sidelined in struggles for civil rights in the six counties.

Today, the pamphlet is ever more pertinent as it again re-emphasizes the necesary role of women in struggle for a better world and ultimately a Socialist world.

Launching the pamphlet in Cork will be one of the authors and national chairperson of the Communist Party of Ireland, Lynda Walker.
 


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PUBLIC EVENT.

Breaking the Chains is an interesting and thought provoking pamphlet put together in 1981. It sets out to put the works of Connolly together into one coherent pamphlet and analyze, connect and sometimes scrutinize them. It was put together as an analysis and a method to highlight that women were once again being sidelined in struggles for civil rights in the six counties.

Today, the pamphlet is ever more pertinent as it again re-emphasizes the necesary role of women in struggle for a better world and ultimately a Socialist world.

Launching the pamphlet in Cork will be one of the authors and national chairperson of the Communist Party of Ireland, Lynda Walker.
Oh, the irony .... women were once again being sidelined in struggles for civil rights in the six counties.

Of course, it has to be remembered that there were NO rights issues for women (or children or men) in the 26 counties .....
 

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Connolly and the detention of Mary Ellen Murphy

Unlike Marx, Lenin and Trotsky, Connolly did not regard the family and sexual freedom as areas of socialist concern.
Although he argued frequently against individual bishops and priests, Connolly did not see the Catholic church for what it had become: a defender of capitalism. Although a materialist, he believed religion belonged to the realm of the unknowable or was a product of our ignorance of nature. This, together with his belief that the Catholic church would not oppose a socialist movement that looked like winning, led him to argue that socialists should ignore the question of religion altogether. His Irish Socialist Republican Party (ISRP) 'prohibits the discussion of theological or anti-theological questions at meetings, public or private'.41 He forbade discussion within the party of all questions relating not only to religion, but also to sexual relationships. Connolly's total exclusion of these questions 'sprang from the same theoretical source: namely that working class consciousness would passively reflect economic conditions and move spontaneously to socialism'.42 The limitations of Connolly's Marxism--his syndicalism--influenced the Irish left generally, severely undermining the ability of Irish workers to defend their own interests. The result was that socialists made more and more concessions to Catholicism. During the election of 1900 Connolly proposed that all ISRP members should attend mass!
This failure to challenge the church's view of women and sexuality weakened the ability of workers to defend their economic position. A case in point is the Magdalen Laundries. They were, in essence, sweatshops served by the slave labour of the women imprisoned there without trial or release date. During the 1913 Dublin Lockout one of the strikers, Mary Ellen Murphy, was sentenced to one month in custody for 'assaulting one of the girls employed by Messrs Jacobs by giving her a box on the face and calling her a "scab".'43 Because she was only 15 she could not be put in Mountjoy jail with the other strikers. Instead she was committed to High Park Convent in Drumcondra, where the nuns ran an Industrial School and Magdalen institution on the same site.
In demanding Mary Ellen Murphy's release, both Connolly and Larkin used the language of priests and bishops against the women of the Magdalen institution. Instead of railing against the use of slave labour, with its inevitable undercutting of wage rates for workers in commercial laundries, they complained that Mary Ellen would be forced to mix there with 'fallen women'. Connolly said that 'when that girl was sent into that institution her character was foully besmirched and a damnable outrage committed'. He answered criticisms from the employers that he was exaggerating when he said the girl was in a 'home for fallen women':
...the girls of the reformatory were in the same chapel with the fallen women and in view of them, a partition only dividing them...she was not forgotten by her friends, though the hell hounds of the capitalist system were trying to blacken her character. 44
In portraying the women of the Magdalen Laundries as outcasts from the working class, instead of as the most oppressed of that class, Connolly failed to oppose the church in its mission to support capitalism in its exploitation of workers. This became clearer after Connolly's death when the Magdalen institutions started to bid for work traditionally done by commercial laundries. Time and again the leadership of the Irish Women Workers' Union complained that employers looked for cuts in wages and for longer hours without compensation. The employers argued that they could not pay their workers a living wage and compete with the institutional laundries. In the middle of the Second World War, when there should have been plenty of work, the IWWU had to write to the heads of the Magdalen Laundries urging them not to take work away from the commercial operations. While two Reverend Mothers had 'friendly but inconclusive' talks with the IWWU, others did not even reply to the union's letters. In April 1941 Bloomfield Laundry lost a military contract to the Donnybrook Magdalen Laundry and 25 women at Bloomfield were laid off.45
Changing women's lives in Ireland
 

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Oh, the irony .... women were once again being sidelined in struggles for civil rights in the six counties.

Of course, it has to be remembered that there were NO rights issues for women (or children or men) in the 26 counties .....
I don't think that was Connolly's fault.

One of the things that always struck me about Connolly was what a sane, happy and balanced attitude he seems to have had to women - especially compared to many of the social norms of his time. His daughter's biography of him makes it clear what a wonderful dad he was for a girl of that time.

But then he was a Wobbly, and his experiences in America had broadened his mind a great deal compared to many of his fellow 1916 "revolutionaries."
 

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Its amazing that with all the exploitation going on in the Magdalen's of the girls inside

- no one else seemed to have noticed it

Not even James Connolly!:shock:
 

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I don't think that was Connolly's fault.

One of the things that always struck me about Connolly was what a sane, happy and balanced attitude he seems to have had to women - especially compared to many of the social norms of his time. His daughter's biography of him makes it clear what a wonderful dad he was for a girl of that time.

But then he was a Wobbly, and his experiences in America had broadened his mind a great deal compared to many of his fellow 1916 "revolutionaries."
A useful post on James Connolly, sullied bv the fact it cites Goretti Horgan, who hangs aroun with Londonderry reprobate Eamonn McCann and who, like him, believes, prostitutes, people who suck dick and let people crap on them for a price, are the vanguard of the revolution. They are not. They are fallen women.

Connolly's approach here would be familiar to Republicans looking for special status and who sad their prisoners were not common criminals. Whatever chance Connolly had of organising women workers, he had nonew with these fallen women, most of whom were victims of the predatory practices of the Jacobs and other Quakers
 

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Changing women's lives in Ireland
For your information the Magdalene institutions were introduced to Ireland from England.

As for the article you quote by the Socialist Workers Party it is in their interest to smear Connolly for his Republican independence views which they of course don't hold. They quote favourably on Lenin but ignore the fact that Lenin said James Connolly and John McClean were the only true internationalist socialists in Europe.
 

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A useful post on James Connolly, sullied bv the fact it cites Goretti Horgan, who hangs aroun with Londonderry reprobate Eamonn McCann and who, like him, believes, prostitutes, people who suck dick and let people crap on them for a price, are the vanguard of the revolution. They are not. They are fallen women.

Connolly's approach here would be familiar to Republicans looking for special status and who sad their prisoners were not common criminals. Whatever chance Connolly had of organising women workers, he had nonew with these fallen women, most of whom were victims of the predatory practices of the Jacobs and other Quakers
Thanks R2D2 :D
 

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For your information the Magdalene institutions were introduced to Ireland from England. As for the article you quote by the Socialist Workers Party it is in their interest to smear Connolly for his Republican independence views which they of course don't hold. They quote favourably on Lenin but ignore the fact that Lenin said James Connolly and John McClean were the only true internationalist socialists in Europe.
Could you please expand on the SWP and James Connolly?

Even if true - so what?

Goretti Horgan is an inspiration. Suck it up ....
Thanks R2D2 :D
Horgan thinks people who suck dock for a living are revolutionaries not "common prostitutes" to use the term you would have used when nicking them (or whatever). You posted a useful piece but then ruined it by his hand bagging nonsense you get off on. I have no clue who R2D2 might have been but I think anyone naming themselves after a Hollywood robot is a bit robotic, unthinking.
Anything to say on the paternalistic Jacob Quakers using scab labour? Quakers are not a nice lot. Anal retentive, money worshipping yobs in my experience but ymmv
 

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Even if true - so what?

Goretti Horgan is an inspiration. Suck it up ....
The reason I pointed out that the English introduced the Magdalene institutions to Ireland was to preempt your usual anti-Catholic ranting on here. You have no interest in the suffering of these women but only in denigrating Catholics.
 
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A useful post on James Connolly, sullied bv the fact it cites Goretti Horgan, who hangs aroun with Londonderry reprobate Eamonn McCann and who, like him, believes, prostitutes, people who suck dick and let people crap on them for a price, are the vanguard of the revolution. They are not. They are fallen women.

Connolly's approach here would be familiar to Republicans looking for special status and who sad their prisoners were not common criminals. Whatever chance Connolly had of organising women workers, he had nonew with these fallen women, most of whom were victims of the predatory practices of the Jacobs and other Quakers
Jesus wept. Cruimh, you liked this post? Your credibility is shot in my eyes.
 

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Connolly's approach here would be familiar to Republicans looking for special status and who sad their prisoners were not common criminals.
Arrested By a SPECIAL (Nakedly sectarian) Paramilitary "Police"

Detained under VERY SPECIAL Laws / Legislation

Given very SPECIAL treatment in torture centers like Castlereagh, Gough Barracks and Strand Road

Brought before a VERY VERY SPECIAL non-jury Diplock Court to be judged by a SPECIAL judge from the Loyal orders

Given a VERY SPECIAL sentence, generally Life.

Sent to a SPECIAL prison where torture by drugged and drunken loyalist screws was a daily occurance

....But then you are an ordinary prisoner in the eyes of the planters and their lackies.
 

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Jesus wept. Cruimh, you liked this post? Your credibility is shot in my eyes.
The language is colourful but he is essentially correct in what he says there. I knew a girl over in England who though she had a bit of the bland nihilism that the English seem to excel at and the likes of Emily Davison on would like the Irish to ape was extremely pleasant, than stuck badly for money she decided to become an "escort" and the rapidness of the degeneration in her character through that was intensely frightening, within three months the girl I had liked was essentially dead.

Quakers are scum. Something that people from Catholic backgrounds need to know is that Quakers are not Protestant. You have extremely fine Protestant types (kalipa, Old Mr Grouser and Run to da Hills here would examples of such); there is no such thing as a good Quaker, good ex-Quakers I'm sure exist, but there are no good Quakers. I prefer atheism to Quakerism. Quakerism with it's Luciferian deification of the bourgeois ego (the "inner light" they call it) to the exclusion of not just Revelation but also Reason is one hundred per cent diabolic. During the Jacobite riots which broke out actually quite regularly in 18 th century England one of the first things the lads would do would be to batter some Quakers now obviously I would not approve of such, indeed I would strongly disapprove of such, but I can never the less understand why did they so given the out and out evil of the sect as well as the fact as PeaceGoalie has pointed out that very often they are the most evil type of Capitalist. Read the writings of Matthew Fox. It is obvious from them that he was extremely mentally ill AND demonized.
 

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In fostering and promoting class differences James, Connoly showed himself not just to be an enemy of Ireland but an enemy of the entire human race.

This hostility of Connolys toward all humanity was concealed behind a false patriotism that abused and twisted the national aspirations of the Irish people for self rule and independence.
 


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