Jan 21 2015

THE RCN AND THE CAMPAIGN FOR SCOTTISH SELF-DETERMINATION

THE RCN AND THE CAMPAIGN FOR SCOTTISH SELF-DETERMINATION

(since the first Republican Socialist Convention held in Edinburgh in 2008 -
but with particular emphasis on the period of the Scottish Referendum Campaign since May 2012)

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A1. General articles on the campaign for Scottish self-determination written by RCN members

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/12/14/the-curse-of-nationalism/ Eric Chester – The Curse of Nationalism, 14.12.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/12/04/emancipation-liberation-ric-2014-conference-special-magazine/ Murdo Ritchie – When Decades Happen – After the Referendum, 4.12.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/10/11/after-the-september-18th-referendum-vote-a-socialist-republican-response/ Allan Armstrong – After the September 18th Referendum Vote – A Socialist Republican Response, 18.10.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/09/24/letter-to-the-momentarily-disheartened/ Murdo Richie – A Letter to the Momentarily Disheartened, 24.9.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/09/12/better-together-ukip-the-orange-order-and-the-uk-state-what-they-have-in-common/ Allan Armstrong – Better Together, UKIP, the Orange Order and the UK State – What They Have in Common, 12.9.14,

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/09/03/up-to-and-beyond-the-september-18th-independence-referendum-a-socialist-republican-perspective/ Allan Armstrong – Up To and Beyond the September 18th Referendum – A Socialist Republican response, 3.9.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/06/26/making-plans-for-nigel/ Allan Armstrong – Making Plans for Nigel, 26.6.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/02/12/the-snp-and-scottish-independence/ Eric Chester – The SNP and Scottish Independence, 12.2.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/02/01/alex-salmond-and-the-written-constitution/ Murdo Ritchie – Alex Salmond and the Written Constitution, 1.2.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/11/13/the-myth-of-real-independence/ Murdo Ritchie – The Myth of Real Independence, 13.11.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/10/28/after-grangemouth-what-now-for-the-left-in-scotland/ Allan Armstrong – After Grangemouth, What Now for the Left in Scotland? 24.10.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/08/02/beyond-the-unionists-project-fear-the-uk-state-mask-slips/ Allan Armstrong – Beyond the Unionists’ ‘Project Fear’ the UK Mask Slips, 30.7.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/05/16/nato-nuclear-weapons-and-scottish-independence/ Eric Chester – NATO, Nuclear weapons and Scottish Independence, 16.5.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/03/18/single-ends-and-hobbit-houses/ Murdo Ritchie (before in RCN) – Single Ends and Hobbit Houses, 18.3.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/12/20/radisson-blu-or-post-radisson-red/ Allan Armstrong – Radisson Blu or Post-Radisson Red, 21.12.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/12/11/anti_workfare-protests-in-leith-and-glasgow/ Susan Dorazio (RCN and IWW) – Anti Workfare Protests in Leith and Glasgow, 11.12.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/11/26/the-cooperative-not-so-good-for-everyone/ Susan Dorazio (RCN and IWW) – Not So Good For Everyone, 26.11.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/11/11/the-slippery-slope/ Murdo Ritchie (before in RCN) – The Slippery Slope- The Consequences of the SNP conference decision on NATO, 11.11.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/11/11/imagining-radical-independence-learning-from-the-venezuelan-experience/ Ewan Robertson – Imagining Radical Independence: Learning from the Venezuelan Experience, 11.11.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/11/11/the-declaration-of-calton-hill-9th-october-2004/ The Declaration of Calton Hill, October 2004, 11.11.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/10/31/scottish-independence-sham-or-genuine/ Eric Chester – Scottish Independence – Sham or Genuine, 31.10.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/07/30/why-the-independence-referendum-is-being-turned-into-one-on-nat/ Murdo Ritchie (before in RCN) – Why the Independence Referendum is being turned into one on NATO, 30.7.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/06/20/the-independence-lite-referendum-and-a-tale-of-two-campaign/ Allan Armstrong – The ‘Independence-Lite’ Referendum and a Tale of Two Campaigns (‘Yes’ Scotland and RIC), 17.6.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/06/16/republican-socialists-and-the-diamond-jubilee/ Bob Goupillot – The Republican Road to Socialism; Allan Armstrong, Republicanism and the UK State, 16.6.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/01/11/internationalism-from-below-2/ Allan Armstrong – The Making and the Breaking of the UK State, 30.9.11, further amended 9.6.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2011/05/27/after-may-5th-a-looming-constitutional-crisis/ Allan Armstrong – After May 5th, A Looming Constitutional Crisis, 10.8.11

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2011/03/19/two-royal-weddings-and-a-republican-funeral-for-the-uk/ Allan Armstrong – Two Royal Weddings…and a Republican Funeral for the UK? 19.3.11 (first posted on Word Power blog), 19.3.11

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2009/11/14/can-the-snp-deliver-independence/ Allan Armstrong – Can the SNP Deliver Independence? 14.11.09

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2008/10/14/‘celtic-tigers’-and-‘celtic-lions’-both-pussycats-for-big-business/ Allan Armstrong – ‘Celtic Lions’ and ‘Celtic Tigers’ – Both Pussycats for Big Business, 14.10.08

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2007/09/13/the-snp’s-‘national-conversation’-prepares-the-ground-for-reform-of-the-union/ Allan Armstrong – The SNP’s ‘National Conversation’ Prepares the Ground for Reform of the Union, 13.9.07

 

A2. General articles on the campaign for Scottish self-determination written by non-RCN members

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/08/14/teh-empire-strikes-back/ – Jim Slaven (James Connolly Society) – The Empire Strikes Back (also posted on the 107Cowgate blog), 14.8.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/11/11/ireland-and-the-broader-consequences-of-the-2014-scottish-referendum/ Jim Slaven (JCS) – Ireland and the broader consequences of the 2014 Scottish Referendum, 11.11.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/09/10/the-olympics-and-the-british-ideology/ Jim Slaven – The Olympics and the British Ideology, 10.9.12

 

B1. Debates with the Scottish Left written by RCN members

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/11/13/the-myth-of-real-independence/ Murdo Ritchie – The Myth of Real Independence, 13.11.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/10/29/socialist-unity-continued/ RCN – Socialist Unity, The RCN Asks 12 questions (with responses from James Foley (ISG) and Alistair Black (Frontline), 29.10.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/07/15/the-perils-of-unity/ Eric Chester – The Perils of Unity (plus comments by Nick Clarke and Allan Armstrong) 15.7.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/06/10/socialist-unity/ Allan Armstrong – Socialist unity: Pushing the rock over the hill, contribution to a debate in Frontline, 10.6.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/03/30/riding-two-horses-at-once-the-swp-and-scottish-independence/ Allan Armstrong with Bob Goupillot – Riding Two Horses at Once –The SWP and Scottish Independence, 17.4.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/03/26/allan-armstrong-rcn-replies-to-david-jamieson-isg/ Allan Armstrong replies to David Jamieson (ISG), 26.3.13
and
http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/06/02/allan-armstrong-rcn-replies-to-david-jamieson-isg-part-2/, Allan Armstrong replies to David Jamieson, part 2, 2.6.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/01/01/from-syriza-to-scotland/ Eric Chester – From Syriza to Scotland, 1.1.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/12/20/radisson-blu-or-post-radisson-red/ Allan Armstrong – Radisson Blu or Post-Radisson Red, including an analysis of the ISG, 21.12.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/12/11/a-debate-on-the-way-forward-for-the-radical-independence-conference/ Allan Armstrong replies to Gregor Gall, A Debate on the Way Forward for the Radical Independence Campaign, 11.12.12 (also posted on Word Power website)

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/11/28/uniting-the-left-in-scotland-on-a-principled-basis/ RCN – Uniting the Left in Scotland on a Principled Basis, 28.11.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/11/20/cultural-debates-and-struggles-over-the-wider-meaning-of-self-determination-in-scotland-2/, Allan Armstrong – Cultural Debates and the Wider Meaning of Self-Determination in Scotland, 20.11.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/11/11/the-republican-communist-network-scotland-what-we-stand-for-from-theory-to-practice/ RCN – The RCN (Scotland), What We Stand For, Theory and Practice, 11.11.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/11/11/for-a-socialist-and-feminist-republican-scotland-gender-equality-and-beyond/ Susan Dorazio – For A Socialist and Feminist Republican Scotland, 11.11.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/09/16/britain-must-break-to-defend-real-labour-or-the-break-up-of-the-uk-to-advance-republican-socialism/ Allan Armstrong – ‘Britain Must Break’ to Defend ‘Real Labour’ or ‘The Break Up of the UK” or to Advance Republican Socialism – a review of The Break up of Britain by James Foley & Pete Ramand (ISG), (with comments from James Foley, Liam Turbott, Brendan McGeever) 16.9.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/08/05/for-an-independent-scottish-socialist-republic/ RCN – For An Independent Scottish Socialist Republic, (with comment by Allan Armstrong, 10.11.12) 5.8.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/06/11/rcn-what-we-stand-for/ RCN – What We Stand For, 11.6.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/05/01/may-day-greetings/ RCN – May Day Greetings, 1.5.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/04/06/scottish-independence-referendum-debate-part-2/ Motions passed at SSP 2012 Conference; Eric Chester, The Scottish Independence Referendum; Allan Armstrong – Reply, 06.04.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/03/26/scottish-independence-referendum/ Susan Dorazio – The Scottish Independence Referendum – Thinking Through a Socialist Campaign for Scottish Independence: Allan Armstrong, A Socialist Strategy for the Scottish Democratic Movement; Eric Chester, Outline of a Policy on Scottish Independence Referendum; Allan Armstrong, Some Proposals for Working in the Scottish Democratic Movement, 26.3.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/02/26/the-rcn-call-for-socialistcommunist-regroupment-in-scotland/ RCN – The RCN Call for Socialist/Communist Regroupment in Scotland, 26.2.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/02/11/the-rcn-platform-and-the-ssp/ RCN – The RCN Platform and the SSP, 11.2.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2011/12/23/beyond-the-ssp-and-solidarity-forgive-and-forget-or-listen-learn-and-then-move-on/ Allan Armstrong, Bob Goupillot and Iain Robertson – Beyond the SSP and Solidarity – ‘Forgive and Forget’ or ‘Listen, Learn then Move On’? 20.12.11

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2011/10/23/mary-macgregor-reviews-downfall-the-tommy-sheridan-story-by-alan-mccombes/ Mary McGregor – A review of Downfall: The Tommy Sheridan Story by Alan McCombes, 23.10 11

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2011/02/19/rcn-bulletin-for-special-ssp-conference-february-5th/ 2. RCN Bulletin, SSP Special Conference, 5.2.11

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2011/02/03/rcn-statement-following-the-tommy-sheridan-perjury-trial/ RCN Statement Following the Sheridan Perjury Trial, 3.2.11

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2011/02/03/rcn-motion-to-special-conference/ RCN motion to SSP Special Conference, 3.2.11

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2011/01/10/the-sheridan-perjury-trial/ Allan Armstrong – The split on the Scottish Left between celebrity populist and genuine socialist politics, 10.1.11

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2010/11/16/rcn-statement-on-the-decision-of-george-galloway-to-stand-in-next-year’s-holyrood-elections/ RCN – Statement on the Decision of George Galloway’s to stand in Next Year’s Holyrood elections (also including statement from Socialist Resistance), 16.11.10

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2010/01/26/ssp-and-elections/ RCN – A contribution to the discussions arising from the Glasgow North East by-election, 26.1.10

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2009/11/14/the-legacy-of-james-connolly/ Allan Armstrong – Interview with Jim Slaven of the James Connolly Society, 14.11.09

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2009/07/10/the-need-for-socialist-unity/ Allan Armstrong – The Need for Socialist Unity, 10.7.09

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2008/10/04/prospects-for-socialists-in-scotland/ Allan Armstrong – Interview with Alan McCombes (SSP), 4.10.08

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2008/10/04/the-role-of-platforms-in-the-ssp/ Iain Robertson for the RCN – The Role of Platforms within the SSP, 4.10.08

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2008/10/04/ssp-learning-the-lessons/ RCN – The SSP: Learning the Lessons, 4.10.08

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2007/09/13/setback-or-disaster-can-the-ssp-survive/ Mary McGregor – Setback or Disaster: Can the SSP Survive? 13.9.07

 

B2. Debates within the Scottish Left written by non-RCN members

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/09/02/a-letter-to-scotlands-new-radicals-gerry-hassan/ Gerry Hassan (Scottish political commentator) – A Letter to Scotland’s New Radicals, 2.9.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/08/14/teh-empire-strikes-back/ – Jim Slaven (James Connolly Society) – The Empire Strikes Back (also posted on the 107Cowgate blog), 14.8.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/08/02/riding-the-unicorn/ Rory Scothorne (Mair Nor a Roch Wind and National Collective) – Riding the Unicorn: A Critique of Common Weal, 2.8.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/05/22/offensive-behaviour-and-the-independence-referendum/ Jim Slaven (James Connolly Society) – Offensive Behaviour and the Independence Referendum, 22.5.13; Up the Ra and All That, 22.5.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/01/23/david-jamieson-of-the-the-isg-replies-to-allan-armstrong/ David Jamieson(ISG) replies to the Allan Armstrong, 23.1.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/05/01/may-day-greetings-to-emancipation-liberation-from-frontline/ FrontlineMay Day Greetings to Emancipation & Liberation. 1.5.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/04/06/scottish-independence-referendum-debate-part-2/ James Kelman – On Self Determination, 6.4.12

 

C1. RIC related articles written by RCN members

a) General

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/10/24/the-future-of-the-radical-independence-campaign/ Allan Armstrong & Bob Goupillot, The Future of the Radical Independence Campaign, 21.10.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/04/01/internationalism-from-below-in-action-at-the-left-unity-conference-and-the-radical-independence-campaign-national-forum/ Edinburgh RIC – motion submitted to RIC National Forum in Perth, 1.4.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/11/25/2nd-ric-conference-after-the-uk-the-future-of-4-nations/ Mary McGregor – Scotland, Republican Internationalism in the Struggle for Genuine Self-Determination, Talk given to second Radical Independence Campaign conference (also on Youtube): Allan Armstrong- A reply to David Torrance’s report of the conference in The Herald (also posted on RIC blog) 25.11.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/11/15/genuine-self-determination-means-acting-as-republicans-now/ Allan Armstrong – Genuine Self Determination Means Acting As Republicans Now, Talk given to first Radical Independence Conference, 24.11.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/10/28/the-radical-independence-conference-which-way-forward-2/ Murdo Ritchie (before in RCN) – The Radical Independence Campaign – Which Way Forward, 28.10.12

http://murdoritchie.blog.co.uk/2012/10/26/radical-independence-convention-why-15131950/ Murdo Ritchie, (before in RCN) – Radical Independence Campaign, Why, 26.10.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/06/20/the-independence-lite-referendum-and-a-tale-of-two-campaign/ Allan Armstrong- The ‘Independence-Lite’ referendum and a Tale of Two Campaigns (including the plans for RIC), 20.6.12

 b) Scotland relevant articles in RIC Conference magazines

Issue 23, 2014-15
http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/12/04/emancipation-liberation-ric-2014-conference-special-magazine/ Murdo Ritchie – When Decades Happen – After the Referendum; Allan Armstrong – RIC A Scottish Republican Movement in the Making; Eric Chester – Scotland out of NATO; Mary McGregor – A Review of Scottish Independence – A Feminist Response by Cat Boyd & Jenny Morrison

Issue 22, 2013-14
http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/11/24/editorial-2/ EB, Emancipation & LiberationEditorial; Ewan Robertson – Why Venezuela is Relevant to the Scottish Independence Movement; RCN – Scottish Self Determination: For a Wannabe Ruling Class or for Scotland’s People

Issue 21, 2012-13
http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/11/11/editorial/ EB, Emancipation & LiberationEditorial; RCN – For an Independent Socialist Scotland; The Declaration of Calton Hill; Susan Dorazio – For a Socialist and Feminist Republican Scotland; Ewan Robertson – Imagining Radical Independence, Learning from the Venezuelan Experience; Murdo Ritchie (before in RCN) – The Slippery Slope; Mary McGregor – Michael Marra, A Tribute

c) RIC National Forum Specials

October bulletin
http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/11/02/emancipation-liberation-ric-special-bulletin-october-2014/ Allan Armstrong – Lord Smith – Pillar of the British Establishment; Allan Armstrong and Bob Goupillot, Democracy in Action – Being Prepared to Listen and Learn

August bulletin
http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/08/07/7315/ Iain Robertson – Between Now and September; Allan Armstrong, Stop the Bank of Scotland Evictions of Irish Home Mortgage Debtors

May bulletin
http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/05/01/a-republican-perspective-is-important-for-scotlands-future/ Allan Armstrong – What Happens After September 18th; RCN – Support the Struggle for Real Self-Determination in a Scottish Democratic, Secular and Social Republic; Allan Armstrong – Winning Internationalist Allies in Ireland

March bulletin
http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/05/01/the-republican-communist-network-and-the-radical-independence-campaign/ Allan Armstrong – Lets all end our abusive relationship with the UK state; Allan Armstrong – The Republican Communist Network and the Radical Independence Campaign; Iain Robertson, A Republican Perspective is Important for Scotland’s Future (also published in RCN May Day bulletin)

d) Other RIC activities

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/09/19/message-from-edinburgh-ric-to-the-go-for-it-scotland-rally-in-cardiff-on-september-13th/ Allan Armstrong – Message from Edinburgh RIC to the ‘Go For It Scotland’ Rally in Cardiff on September 13th (written for Edinburgh RIC), 13.9.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/04/01/25-years-since-the-poll-tax-1-year-since-the-bedroom-tax/ Allan Armstrong – 25 years since the Poll Tax: 1 Year Since the Bedroom Tax, 1.4.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/10/03/secularism-time-to-separate-church-and-state/ Allan Armstrong – Secularism: Time to Separate Church and State, Talk given to Edinburgh RIC, 30.9.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/05/07/republic-day-speech/ Allan Armstrong – Republic Day Speech, speaking for Edinburgh RIC at the JCS Republic Day commemoration, 24.4.13

 

C2. RIC related articles by non-RCN members

a) General

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/12/04/a-report-of-the-radical-independence-campaign-conference-held-in-glasgow-on-november-22nd/ Penny Cole (World to Win), A Report of the Radical Independence Campaign conference held in Glasgow on November 22nd: Angharad Tomos (Welsh Language Society)- Radical Independence,  4.12.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/09/10/ireland-and-scotland-mutual-solidarity/ Andy Ashe (Edinburgh RIC) – Speech To the James Connolly Memorial Rally, speaking for Edinburgh RIC, 7.6.14 (also on Edinburgh RIC blog)

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/09/02/a-letter-to-scotlands-new-radicals-gerry-hassan/ Gerry Hassan (Scottish political commentator) – A Letter to Scotland’s New Radicals, 2.9.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/12/10/report-of-the-james-connolly-society-conference-12-10-13-in-edinburgh/ Liam O’Hare (then Edinburgh RIC), Speech at the JCS Conference for Edinburgh RIC, 10.12.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/11/25/2nd-ric-conference-after-the-uk-the-future-of-4-nations/ Bernadette McAliskey (independent socialist republican) – Contribution to The Future of 4 Nations session at 2nd RIC conference in Glasgow on 23.11.13 (also on youtube)

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/05/09/women-and-scottish-independence/ Alice Bowman (Edinburgh RIC) – Women and Scottish Independence, Talk given at Edinburgh RIC meeting, 9.5.13

b) Scotland relevant articles in RIC Conference magazines

Issue 23, 2014-15
Steve Freeman (RSA and LUP) – England: Nationalism versus Republicanism; Bernadette McAliskey – The Importance of Republicanism; Liam O’Hare (ISG) – Catalonia prepares for independence; David Betteridge – An Open Gate (poem)

Issue 22, 2013-14
Alice Bowman (Edinburgh RIC) – Women and Independence; Jim Slaven (JCS) – Why We Don’t Wear A Poppy; Steve Freeman (RSA) – The Scottish Republic and the Commonwealth of England; The Republican Socialist Platform

Issue 21, 2012-13
Jim Slaven (JCS) – Ireland and the broader consequences of the Scottish referendum

 

D1. Debates with the British unionist Left written by RCN members

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/06/24/labour-and-the-far-left-unionism-and-the-scottish-independence-debate/ Allan Armstrong – Labour and Left Unionism in the Scottish independence Debate, talk for Conference of Socialist Economists on 21.6.14 in Edinburgh, also sent to Left Unity Party Glasgow South branch for debate with Sandy McBurney on 13.12.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/03/15/on-how-the-vetigialleft-is-failing-to-understand-the-political-life-of-scotland-today/ Murdo Ritchie – How the Vestigial Left is Failing to Understand the Political Life of Scotland Today, 15.3.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/02/11/just-say-naw-to-galloways-sectarian-british-unionism/ Richard Cameron – Just Say ‘Naw’ to Galloway’s Sectarian British Unionism (also posted on RIC and bella caledonia blogs), 4.2.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/10/28/after-grangemouth-what-now-for-the-left-in-scotland/ Allan Armstrong- After Grangemouth, What Now for the Left in Scotland? 24.10.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/10/08/scottish-self-determination-and-the-actually-existing-labour-movement-2/ Allan Armstrong – Scottish self-determination and the actually existing Labour movement, A response to the Red Paper Collective’s Power to the Peoplea labour movement view, 5.10.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/05/18/the-scottish-independence-referendum-debate-part-3/ Allan Armstrong and Bob Goupillot reply to Barry Biddulph (libertarian marxist): Allan Armstrong replies to Arthur Boffy (Boffy’s blog), Stuart King (Permanent Revolution), James Turley (CPGB-Weekly Worker) 18.5.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/03/04/getting-over-the-he-bee-gbs-new-pamphlet/ Bob Goupillot reviews the new RCN pamphlet, Getting Over The Hee Bee GBs, where Allan Armstrong debates with the CPGB (Weekly Worker) and SPGB, 4.3.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2011/05/19/a-reply-to-james-turleys-whose-afraid-of-george-galloway/ Allan Armstrong – A reply to James Turley (CPGB-Weekly Worker) 19.5.11
and
http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2011/05/11/open-letter-no-vote-for-galloway/ E&L EB – Open Letter – No Vote for Galloway, 11.5.11

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2010/08/25/the-communist-case-for-internationalism-from-below/ Allan Armstrong, Abstract Propaganda or Active Involvement in All the Struggles of Our Class; RCN, A Reply to Joe Thorn, 25.8.10
and
http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2010/05/22/report-of-second-global-commune-meeting/ Allan Armstrong – Report of the second Global Commune meeting, 22.5.10
and
http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2010/08/25/the-communist-case-for-internationalism-from-below/ Allan Armstrong for the RCN – The Communist Case for Internationalism From Below, A contribution to the first Global Commune event in Edinburgh, 22.5.10

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2011/10/10/2nd-republican-socialist-convention-london-february-13th-2010/ Allan Armstrong for the SSP International Committee at the second Republican Socialist Convention, London (13.2.10) 10.10.11
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http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2010/04/26/a-reply-to-alan-johnstone-of-the-spgb-from-allan-armstrong/ Allan Armstrong – A reply to Alan Johnson of the SPGB, 26.4.10
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http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2010/02/26/republican-socialist-convention-debate/ Allan Armstrong – The contribution made by Allan Armstrong (SSP International Committee) at the 2nd Republican Socialist Convention Debate in London with following debate with Nick Rogers of the CPGB (Weekly Worker), 26.02.10

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2009/07/10/the-need-for-socialist-unity/ Allan Armstrong – The Need for Socialist Unity, 10.7.09

 

D2. Contributions from the British Left

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/05/18/the-scottish-independence-referendum-debate-part-3/ Barry Biddulph (libertarian marxist) – The Paradox of Nationalism as Internationalism from Below, 18.5.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2010/08/25/the-communist-case-for-internationalism-from-below/ Clifford Biddulph (libertarian marxist) – No National Solutions; Joe Thorn (libertarian marxist) – The RCN’s ‘Internationalism from Below’ and the Case of Scotland – A Critical View, 25.8.10

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2010/04/26/a-reply-to-alan-johnstone-of-the-spgb-from-allan-armstrong/ Alan Johnson (SPGB) – A letter to Weekly Worker, no. 812 26.4.10

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2010/02/26/republican-socialist-convention-debate/ Nick Rogers (CPGB) – A Reply to Allan Armstrong’s arguments in Weekly Worker, no. 805, 26.02.10

 

E1. Building support outside Scotland written by RCN members

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/09/19/message-from-edinburgh-ric-to-the-go-for-it-scotland-rally-in-cardiff-on-september-13th/ Allan Armstrong – Message from Edinburgh RIC to the ‘Go For It Scotland’ Rally in Cardiff on September 13th (written for Edinburgh RIC), 13.9.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/09/10/to-scotland-with-love-a-report-from-the-london-says-yes-rally-on-september-6th/  Mark France (Left Unity’s Scottish Republic Yes Tendency) report with section on Allan Armstrong’s talk at the London Says Yes rally on September 10.9.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/08/11/republican-socialist-alliance/ Allan Armstrong – The Case for the Break-up of the UK and the Internationalism from Below Response to the Unionist State – talk given to the Republican Socialist Alliance in London on 6.7.13 (also published in Chartist no.265, Nov/Dec. 2013)

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2011/10/10/2nd-republican-socialist-convention-london-february-13th-2010/ Allan Armstrong for the SSP International Committee – at the second Republican Socialist Convention, London, 13.2.10,

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2008/10/29/republican-socialist-convention/ SSP International Committee, The Republican Socialist Convention, Uniting the Left on the basis of ‘Internationalism from Below’, Edinburgh, 29.11.08 (A separate pamphlet was published after the event)
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http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2008/10/15/letter-agreed-1032008-at-ssp-international-committee-to-be-sent-out-to-organisations-in-ireland-wales-and-england/ SSP International Committee – Letter agreed to be sent out to organisations in Ireland, Wales and England, 15.10.08
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http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2008/10/15/motion-passed-at-ssp-conference-in-october-2007/ Motion initiated by RCN, passed at SSP Conference in October 2007

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2009/07/10/the-need-for-socialist-unity/ Allan Armstrong – The Need for Socialist Unity, 10.7.09

 

E2. Building support outside Scotland written by non-RCN members

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/11/27/a-constitution-for-the-commonwealth-of-england/  Steve Freeman (LUP and RSA) – A Constitution for the Commonwealth of England, 27.11.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/10/04/after-the-referendum-the-view-from-england/  Steve Freeman (LUP and RSA) – After September 18th; Paul Feldman (World to Win and RSA) – Despite a ‘No’ Vote, Scottish Referendum Advances the Struggle for Democracy, 4.10.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/09/17/scottish-referendum-the-crown-versus-the-people-englands-case-for-voting-yes/ Steve Freeman (LUP and RSA) – Scottish Referendum: The Crown versus the people: England’s case for Voting ‘Yes’, 17.9.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/09/10/to-scotland-with-love-a-report-from-the-london-says-yes-rally-on-september-6th/ Mark France (LUP and RSA) – To Scotland with Love: A Report from the Scotland Says ‘Yes’ Rally in London on September 6th; Bernadette McAliskey (link to Youtube); The London Artist Taxi Driver (link to Youtube) 10.9.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/08/15/wales-and-scottish-independence-leanne-wood-president-of-plaid-cymru/ Leanne Wood (Plaid Cymru) – Wales and Scottish Independence, 15.8.14 (also posted on RIC and opendemocracy blogs)

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/08/14/teh-empire-strikes-back/ – Jim Slaven (James Connolly Society) – The Empire Strikes Back (also posted on the 107Cowgate blog)

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/06/26/7269/ Scottish Republic Yes Tendency in the LUP – leaflet handed out at Peoples Assembly in London, 26.6.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/06/10/letter-from-england/ Alan Story (Northampton LUP) and Steve Freeman (RSA and Southwark LUP) – The Scottish Solidarity Speaking Tour – Reports from England, 10.6.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/04/01/internationalism-from-below-in-action-at-the-left-unity-conference-and-the-radical-independence-campaign-national-forum/ Steve Freeman (RSA and LUP) – Internationalism from Below in Action at the Left Unity Conference in Manchester, 1.4.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/03/25/hands-off-the-people-of-scotland-solidarity-from-england/ Steve Freeman (RSA and LUP) – Hands Off the people of Scotland – motion to LUP Conference on Manchester, on 29th March, 25.3.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/03/07/republican-socialist-candidate-for-the-executive-of-the-left-unity-party/  Steve Freeman (RSA and LUP) – Republican socialist candidate for the Left Unity Party, 7.3.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/02/15/republican-socialist-alliance-in-england-responds-to-cameron-and-osborne/ – Steve Freeman (RSA and LUP) – Republican Socialist Alliance in England responds to Cameron and Osborne, 15.2.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/01/17/republican-socialism-and-left-unity/ Steve Freeman (RSA and LUP) – Republican socialism and Left unity, 17.1.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/12/10/6374/ Adam Majo (CUP) – RIC and the Catalan Struggle, 10.12.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/11/25/2nd-ric-conference-after-the-uk-the-future-of-4-nations/ Bernadette McAliskey (independent socialist republican) – Contribution to The Future of 4 Nations session at 2nd RIC conference in Glasgow on 23.11.13 (also on youtube); Steve Freeman, The Scottish Republic and the Commonwealth of England, 25.11.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/11/17/catalunya-the-freedom-come-all-ye/ Duncan McCabe (Dundee RIC) – Catalunya and Freedom Come All Ye, 17.11.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/11/05/the-case-for-the-republican-socialist-platform-in-the-left-unity-party-in-england/ Steve Freeman (RSA and LUP) – The Case for the Republican Socialist Platform in the Left Unity Party in England, 17.11.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/08/11/republican-socialist-alliance/ Steve Freeman (RSA) – Report of Republican Socialist Alliance meeting in London on 6th July, 11.8.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/01/09/englands-democracy-st-pauls-to-st-marys/ Steve Freeman (Bermondsey Republican Socialists) – England’s Democracy: From St Pauls to St Marys (first appeared in Occupy Times), 9.1.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2011/10/10/2nd-republican-socialist-convention-london-february-13th-2010/ Colin Fox (SSP co-chair); Peter Tatchell (Green Party); Meda Kia (Middle East Bulletin); Steve Freeman (Socialist Alliance) at the second Republican Socialist Convention, London (13.2.10) 10.10.11

 

F1. Scottish Culture and History; Reviews and Obituaries by RCN members

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/12/22/a-review-of-scottish-independence-a-feminist-response/ Mary McGregor – A Review of Scottish Independence – A Feminist Response by Cat Boyd & Jenny Morrison (ISG)

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/11/30/england-says-yes/ Murdo Ritchie reviews The Crown versus the People. England’s Case for Voting Yes, by Steve Freeman (Republican Socialist Alliance), 30.11.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/10/03/the-story-of-sandy-bells-edinburghs-world-famous-bar-a-review/ Allan Armstrong – Review of  The Story of Sandy Bells by Gillian Ferguson, 3.10.14 (also appeared in Scottish Socialist Voice)

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/06/06/just-say-yes-a-review-of-yes-the-radical-case-for-independence-by-james-foley-pete-ramand/ Murdo Ritchie – Just Say Yes? – A Review of Yes – The radical case for independence by James Foley & Pete Ramand (ISG) , 6.6.14 (plus comments by David Jamieson and Allan Armstrong) 6.6.14
and
http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/04/01/yes-the-radical-case-for-independence-glasgow-book-launch/ John Lanigan – Yes, the Radical Case for Independence – Glasgow Book Launch, 1.4.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/11/27/the-ghost-of-james-connolly-book-launch/ John Lanigan – Report of Glasgow launch of The Ghost of James Connolly by Allan Armstrong; Iain Robertson – Edinburgh launch, 27.11.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/10/28/this-land-is-your-land/ RCN member, Dundee– This Land Is Your Land, 28.10.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/11/11/michael-marra-a-tribute/ Mary McGregor – Michael Marra: A Tribute, 11.11.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/10/03/the-dundee-street-poet-fightback/ Alan Graham – The Dundee Street Poet ‘Fightback’, 3.10.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2011/12/31/gray-monaghan-crawford/ Allan Armstrong – Reply to Jim Monaghan (Saothar), T.R. (Socialist Voice – Ireland) and Ted Crawford (Marxist Internet Archive), reviewers of From Davitt to Connolly by Allan Armstrong, 31.12.11

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/11/13/turlough-macdaid-1930-2012/ Allan Armstrong – Turlough McDaid, 1930- 2012, 13.11.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/11/12/beyond-the-saltire-and-st-andrew-flying-the-red-flag-on-john-maclean-day/ Allan Armstrong – Beyond the Saltire and St. Andrew – Flying the Red Flag on John Maclean Day, 12.11.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2011/10/23/mary-macgregor-reviews-downfall-the-tommy-sheridan-story-by-alan-mccombes/ Mary McGregor – A review of Downfall: The Tommy Sheridan Story by Alan McCombes, 23.10 11

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2011/12/17/red-orange-and-blue/ Allan Armstrong – Red, Orange and Blue, Reflections on The Provisional IRA – From Insurrection to Parliament by Tommy McKearney & Paul Stewart, 17.12,11

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2011/11/07/a-new-review-of-from-davitt-to-connolly-by-tara-osullivan/ Allan Armstrong – Reply to Tara Sullivan’s review of From Davitt to Connolly in Red Banner, 7.11.11

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2011/02/16/charlie-rees/ Charlie Rees – poem, 16.2.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2010/11/02/edwin-morgan-1920-2010/ Mary McGregor – Edwin Morgan, 1920 – 2010, 2.11.10

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2009/11/14/book-review-a-celebration-of-the-life-and-work-of-robert-burns-1759-1786/ Mary McGregor – Review of A Celebration of the Life and Work of Robert Burns, by James Young and What Does Robert Burns Mean To Me, published by the Edinburgh Peoples Festival, 14.11.09

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2009/11/14/history-and-resistance-the-rise-of-latin-america’s-indigenous-movements/ Ewan Robertson – History and Resistance: The Rise of Latin America’s Indigenous Movements, 14.11.09

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2009/03/20/edinburgh-peoples-festival-inspirational-and-educational/ Allan Armstrong – Interview with Colin Fox (SSP) on the Edinburgh Peoples Festival, 20.3.09

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2008/10/26/life-with-you/ Mary McGregor – Review of Life with You by the Proclaimers, 26.10.08

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2007/09/29/lyrical-delicacy-and-political-toughness/ Allan Armstrong – Interview with Jim Aitken (poet), 29.9.07

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2007/09/27/the-highland-midge/ Rod McGregor, The Highland Midge (poem), 27.9.07

 

F2. Scottish Culture and History; Reviews and Obituaries by non-RCN members

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2015/01/21/bob-purdie-1940-2014/ D. R. O’Connor Lysaght – Bob Purdie, 1940-2014, 23.1.15

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/10/21/the-18th-edinburgh-radical-book-fair-22nd-26th-october/ 18th Edinburgh Radical Book Fair, 22nd-26th October, 2014

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/08/10/this-land-is-your-land-this-land-is-my-land/ Ray Burnett (independent republican socialist), This Land Is Your Land, This Land is My Land, 10.8.14 (also posted on bellacaledonia blog)

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/02/12/a-review-of-jim-sillars-in-place-of-fear-ii-by-gerry-hassan/ Gerry Hassan (Scottish political commentator) – A review of Jim Sillar’s In Place of Fear II, 12.2.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/10/07/songs-of-freedom-the-james-connolly-songbook/ Irish-themed events at the 17th Edinburgh Radical Book Fair, 7.10.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/10/07/17th-edinburgh-radical-book-fair-october-23rd-27th/ 17th Radical Book Fair, 23rd-27th October, 2013

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/05/06/radical-lallans-poet-rab-wilson/ James Foley (ISG) – Radical Lallans Poet, Rab Wilson, 6.5.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/11/20/cultural-debates-and-struggles-over-the-wider-meaning-of-self-determination-in-scotland-2/ Leigh French (autonomist marxist) – Creative Scotland: Distinction Disrupted, 20.11.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/10/08/16th-radical-book-fair-edinburgh-24th-28th-october/ 16th Edinburgh Radical Book Fair, 24-28th October, 2012

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/09/09/the-angels-share/ Geraldine Gould – A review of The Angel’s Share, 9.9.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/08/28/james-kelman-the-british-council-and-the-2012-edinburgh-writers-conference/ James Kelman – The British Council and the 2012 Scottish Writers’ Conference, 28.8.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/07/29/a-summer-of-radical-culture/ Edinburgh Peoples Festival; Edinburgh Book Fringe, Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival, 29.7.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/06/18/dave-douglass-reviews-gregor-galls-tommy-sheridan-from-hero-to-zero/ Dave Douglass (IWW) – Review of Tommy Sheridan: From Hero To Zero by Gregor Gall, 18.6.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2011/12/31/gray-monaghan-crawford/ Jim Monaghan (Saothar), T.R. (Socialist Voice – Ireland) and Ted Crawford (Marxist Internet Archive) – Reviews of From Davitt to Connolly by Allan Armstrong, 31.12.11

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2011/11/07/a-new-review-of-from-davitt-to-connolly-by-tara-osullivan/ Tara Sullivan (Red Banner) – Review of From Davitt to Connolly by Allan Armstrong, 7.11.07

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2011/06/20/review-of-from-davitt-to-connolly/ Chris Gray – Review of From Davitt to Connolly by Allan Armstrong, 20.6.11 (first appeared in Permanent Revolution)

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2009/11/14/an-unrepentant-revolutionist/ Jim Slaven (JCS) – James Connolly: An unrepentant revolutionist, 14.11.09 (first posted on JCS website)

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2009/11/14/highland-migrant-workers/ Bill Scott (Frontline & SSP) – Highland Migrant Workers, 14.11.09

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2009/03/20/clearances/ Jim Aitken (poet), Clearances, 20.3.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2009/03/20/deirdre-mccartin-1944-2009/ D.R. O’Connor Lysaght – Deidre McCartin, 1944-2009, 20.3.09

 

G1. Other contributions by RCN members on E&L blog

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/06/17/project-fear-unveil-their-latest-threat/ Allan Armstrong – Project Fear Unveil Their Latest Threat, 17.6.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/11/27/the-unionist-reaction-to-the-white-paper/ Alan Graham – The Unionist Reaction to the White Paper, 27.11.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/11/25/2nd-ric-conference-after-the-uk-the-future-of-4-nations/ Patricia Kirk and John Lanigan – The second Radical Independence Campaign conference – After the UK, the Future of 4 nations, video, 25.11.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/09/28/scottish-independence-march-and-rally-edinburgh-september-21st/ Patricia Kirk and John Lanigan – Scottish Independence March and Rally, image 21.9.13

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SGRHyja98w Pauline Bradley singing at the SSP Republican Rally in Maryhill, 30.6.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/05/22/offensive-behaviour-and-the-independence-referendum/ Patricia Kirk& John Lanigan – image, 22.5.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/12/22/better-together-with-friends-like-these/ Allan Armstrong – With Friends Like These, 22.12.12

Emancipation & Liberation no. 20, Angela Gorrie – Book Launch in Edinburgh of From Davitt to Connolly by Allan Armstrong, 2012

 

G2. Other contributions by non- RCN members on E&L blog

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/06/05/pass-the-sickbag/ Alex Salmond, Isobel Oakeshott & Jason Allardyce (Sunday Times) – Pass the Sickbag, Salmond and the Royal Jubilee, 5.6.12

 

H. Debates inside the RCN

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2015/01/11/the-rcns-updated-what-we-stand-for/ RCN – Updated What We Stand For, 7-9.11.14 and 11.1.15

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/06/06/just-say-yes-a-review-of-yes-the-radical-case-for-independence-by-james-foley-pete-ramand/ Murdo Ritchie – Just Say Yes? – A Review of Yes – The radical case for Independence by James Foley & Pete Ramand (ISG), 6.6.14 (with comment by Allan Armstrong) 6.6.14

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/07/15/the-perils-of-unity/ Eric Chester – The Perils of Unity (with comments by Nick Clarke and Allan Armstrong) 15.7.13

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/08/05/for-an-independent-scottish-socialist-republic/ RCN – For An Independent Scottish Socialist Republic (with comment by Allan Armstrong, 10.11.12) 5.8.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/10/31/scottish-independence-sham-or-genuine/ Eric Chester-Scottish independence – Sham or Genuine, 31.10.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/04/06/scottish-independence-referendum-debate-part-2/ – Eric Chester – The Scottish Independence Referendum; Allan Armstrong – Reply, 17.4.12

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/03/26/scottish-independence-referendum/Allan Armstrong – A Socialist Strategy for the Scottish Democratic Movement; Eric Chester – Outline of a Policy on Scottish Independence Referendum; Allan Armstrong – Some Proposals for Working in the Scottish Democratic Movement, 26.3.12

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Jan 21 2015

BOB PURDIE, 1940-2014

 

D.R.O’Connor Lysaght of Socialist Democracy (Ireland) has written the following obituary to Bob Purdie. Bon was onetime member of the International Marxist Group and influential in establishing their position in the Irish struggle for Irish self-determination in the 1970’s. Later a member of the SNP, he recently wrote Hugh MacDairmid: Black, Green Red and Tartan

Obituary: Bob Purdie 1940-2014

Bob Purdie's 'Ireland Unfree' written for the IMG in 1972

Bob Purdie’s ‘Ireland Unfree’ written for the IMG in 1972

 Bob Purdie was always dedicated. Whether as a Marxist revolutionary or an academic, he gave himself 100% to his calling. He came to show equal dedication to Christianity and to the Scottish Nationalist Party. The change in his allegiances cannot be said to have been a tragedy for him; his last letters to this writer were those of a contented individual. Nonetheless, it was a misfortune for the left.

The writer met Bob first in 1970 when he opened the door of his flat to him. He came with a letter from Gery Lawless proclaiming him to be “one of the good guys“.  For once Lawless was making a strictly accurate assessment.  Politically. Bob Purdie was one of the good guys at that time; personally he remained so to the end.

It was in these early seventies that the writer knew him best. There were at first certain mutual suspicions on both sides. In particular, like many others, Bob tended to assume that the fact that the Official Republicans had more obviously socially enlightened, even socialistic policies than the Provisionals left them open to real Marxism. The writer warned him that their movement’s progress thither would be hobbled disastrously by the fact that its political mentors had been
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Jan 11 2015

THE RCN’S UPDATED ‘WHAT WE STAND FOR’

Over the RCN weekend away from November 7th-9th held near Dunfermline and our aggregate held on January 11th in Edinburgh, we updated our What We Stand For in the light of our recent engagement with the struggle for Scottish self-determination and our ongoing discussions on communism, secularism and patriarchy.  

There is still further work to be done on point 6, concerning the nature of socialism as a transition to communism. However, since we are currently engaged in a number of arenas (we are affiliated to RIC, and support the forthcoming conference, organised by the Republican Socialist Alliance, with its support in England and Ireland), we think it is important to post these new developments in our politics.

 

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WHAT WE STAND FOR

1)      Another world is possible – a joyful, creative, new world communism which emancipates us all from oppression and frees us all from exploitation, and which forms a new sustainable relationship between humanity and the environment.

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Dec 22 2014

A review of ‘Scottish Independence – A Feminist Response’

Mary McGregor (RCN) reviews Scottish Independence: A Feminist Response by Cat Boyd and Jenny Morrison.

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Even when we lost we felt like we had won something. It was an exciting time to be involved in Scottish politics. There was an optimism and vibe in workplaces and on the streets that I can never remember experiencing before. And even when we lost we felt like we had won something- a movement, a connection a possibility of another way of living.

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Dec 16 2014

DEFYING WATER CHARGES IN IRELAND

Will the campaign against the Water Charges be the Irish equivalent of Anti-Poll Tax campaign? Anne McShane examines the political situation after massive demo against  in Dublin, on December 10th. This article was first published in Weekly Worker.

We are also posting earlier articles by Eddie McLaughlin (Socialist Democracy – Ireland) on the  political fall-out after the demonstration in Dundalk on November 1st, and from eirigi on the political attack on socialists and republicans involved in the campaign  against the water charges.

 

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Section of the massive Anti-Water Charge Demo in Dublin on December 10th

 

The Anti-Water Charges demo in Dublin on December 1st

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NO MORE THE VICTIM

Wednesday December 10 saw the third major demonstration against the attempt to impose crippling water charges on the population.

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Dec 14 2014

THE CURSE OF NATIONALISM

Eric Chester (RCN) outlines his view of the political dangers represented by the SNP

 

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The independence referendum has substantially changed the political landscape of Scotland. With 45% of the voters supporting independence, and many others deterred from joining them by a last minute fear campaign, there is a widespread belief that the election was stolen and that another referendum is in order. Still, there is no possibility of another independence vote being held for at least another five years. This stalemate has engendered a deep resentment that pervades Scottish society.

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Dec 14 2014

THE WOBBLIES IN THEIR HEYDAY

Murdo Ritchie reviews a new book by Eric Chester, The Wobblies in their Heyday. The Rise and Destruction of the Industrial Workers of the World During the World War One Era.

 

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AN OPEN UNION IN A POLITICAL WORLD

Using documents that have been concealed or hidden in plain sight, Eric Chester reveals the repression used to destroy the militant union organisers of the Industrial Workers of the World or Wobblies. Just as the USA entered World War One, powerful business groups, the police, private detective agencies organised armed vigilantes; State and Federal authorities including the President and the courts ignored legal and constitutional laws to crush this militant union.

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Dec 04 2014

A Report of the Radical Independence Campaign conference held in Glasgow on November 22nd

Penny Cole of  ‘A World to Win’ reports on the Radical Independence Campaign conference held in Glasgow on November 22nd. This is followed by the talk given by Angharad Tomos of  Cymdeithas yr Iaith/Welsh Language Society to the session on Scotland, England,Wales and Ireland.

A section of the RIC conference held in the Clydeside Auditorium November 22nd

A section of the RIC conference held in the Clydeside Auditorium on November 22nd

 

The appetite for political change demonstrated by the Scotland independence referendum continues undiminished as shown by two massive events on Glasgow’s riverside on Saturday.

A Scottish National Party rally packed 12,000 into the Hydro, a strange building that in daytime looks like the Michelin Man and at night glows in shifting colours like an arriving space ship.

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Dec 04 2014

EMANCIPATION & LIBERATION RIC 2014 conference special magazine

We are posting the two lead articles from Emancipation & Liberation, issue no. 23, produced for the 3000 strong Radical Independence Campaign conference held in Glasgow, in the Clydeside Auditorium on Saturday, November 22nd. The first is by Murdo Ritchie (RCN), the second by Allan Armstrong (RCN).

 

 

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WHEN DECADES HAPPEN – AFTER THE REFERENDUM

 

“There are decades in which nothing happens and there are weeks in which decades happen.” Lenin

When 1,517,989 voters (44.7%) declared they were prepared to abandon their primary, legal national identity to build a better Scotland, it was clear that Scottish national independence was coming. The defeated felt triumphant; the victorious worried.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s statement on the morning of the ballot declaration was filled with wishful thinking, “the debate has settled for a generation or as Alex Salmond has said, perhaps for a lifetime. So there can be no disputes, no re-runs –we have heard the settled will of the Scottish people.” The media may have declared the result decisive but the numbers and mood told otherwise.

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Nov 30 2014

ENGLAND SAYS “YES!”

Murdo Ritchie (RCN) reviews the pamphlet produced by Republican Socialist Alliance, The Crown versus the People. England’s Case for Voting ‘Yes’. 

The Scottish referendum opened space for republican ideas to be discussed not just in Scotland but throughout the rest of the United Kingdom. The Scottish Republican Yes Tendency in the Left Unity party was launched to promote a “Yes” vote in the party. This pamphlet is a valuable part of its case. It will succeed because the enormous consequences for England of the struggle for Scottish national independence are becoming better appreciated after the vote. It is an ongoing process.

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