Since their emergence a few years ago, the 1916 societies have spread across Ireland in most towns and cities solidifying themselves within anti-GFA (Good Friday Agreement) republicanism. It is a broad church catering for every shade of republicanism based on the central pillar of the 1916 Easter Proclamation and seeking an All-Ireland referendum free from all external influence. Their main activities involve talks, commemorations, history tours and aiming for an All-Ireland referendum.
The proclamation is ambiguous by nature and offers
nothing in terms of what an independent Ireland would look like and how
to get there. Irish republicans are always keen to highlight the loaded
terms such as ‘equality’ but what does this mean given all progressive
political traditions claim they believe in ‘equality.’
Irish anarchist writer and activist points out; ‘ ‘The rising was heroic
and it did shape the face of modern Ireland, but is there much in the
rising for anyone on the left to celebrate? This blow against
imperialism after all is somewhat undermined by the description of
German imperialism in the second paragraph of the proclamation as
"gallant allies in Europe". And the promise that "The Republic
guarantees equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens"
holds no threat to the European capitalism of today which also claims to
stand for such things.
Despite the fact that the Ireland of
the time was deeply divided, right down to the formation of two rival
and armed militias the proclamation simply "claims the allegiance of
every Irishman and Irishwoman" despite "the differences" .. "which have
divided a minority from the majority". The bitter sectarian divisions
that already existed in the Belfast working class were unlikely to be
overcome in such a manner! (1)
While anarchists should defend
the right to self-determination, we need to ask ourselves is
‘self-determination’ and 'independence', in the real meaning of the
word, possible in a global capitalist society run by imperialist powers.
Is independence and nationalism a solution to imperialism?
Read on here: http://www.wsm.ie/limits-of-one-ireland-one-vote