Dec 08 2016

DEBATES AND DISCUSSIONS ON THE EMANCIPATION & LIBERATION BLOG ABOUT THE EU AND MIGRATION

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Our Emancipation & Liberation blog has posted articles about the EU and Migration since it was set up. The earlier postings covered  the Republican Communist Network’s involvement, when it was a platform in the Scottish Socialist Party. The first debate was in 2002 over whether the SSP should back joining the euro in the event of a referendum over the issue. The majority in the SSP was anti-euro, although there was a small pro-euro minority. The RCN formed another minority, which was for a campaign of active abstention.

The next set of discussions involved the SSP’s relationship to the European Anti-Capitalist Left, which had been formed in 2000. The RCN welcomed this development. The declining influence of the EACL after the Iraq War, and the downturn in the Anti-(Capitalist) Globalisation Movement, had its effect. The crisis in the SSP, caused by the Sheridan Affair, also lessened the SSP’s involvement. Nevertheless, the SSP stood as part of the EACL alliance in the 2009 Euro-elections.

The issue of migrants has been very important for the RCN. The RCN was central to getting the SSP to support the free movement of people and affiliating to ‘No One Is Illegal’. After ceasing to be a platform in the SSP on June 22nd 2012 (http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/02/11/the-rcn-platform-and-the-ssp/), the RCN continued placing emphasis on the importance of work in supporting migrants. It raised the issue of migrants in the Radical Independence Campaign.

The post-2008 Crisis has had a huge impact on the EU. Emancipation & Liberation has covered the EU’s role, particularly in relation to Ireland, Greece and Catalunya. A major effect of this prolonged crisis has been the growth of opposition to the EU in the UK. This contributed to the EU referendum held on the 23rd June, 2016. RCN members became involved in the debate, both internally and externally (in the SSP and RISE) without coming to any specific conclusions over which way to vote in the referendum. A majority of the RCN, as individuals, voted to Remain.

The RCN ceased to be an interventionist organisation on 29th May 2016 (see http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2016/08/29/new-rcn-statement/). Since then, some RCN members, along with others from England in the Republican Socialist Alliance, have become involved in the Campaign for a European Republican Socialist Party. The Emancipation & Liberation blog continues to cover its activities.

These debates and discussions have always included contributions by other organisations and individuals and were posted on this blog. Below is a guide with links to these debates and discussions.

Allan Armstrong, 6.12.16

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 1. The debate in the SSP over whether the UK should join the euro

Boycott Any Euro Referendum, Matthew Jones http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2002/03/24/boycott-any-euro-referendum/

The Euro Referendum: The case for an active boycott, Allan Armstrong, 25.7.02

The Euro Referendum: The case for an active boycott

 

2. The European Anti-Capitalist Left

 

Statement from the Conference of the European Anti-Capitalist Left, 12-13 December, Brussels, 2001 http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2002/07/25/statement-from-the-conference-of-the-european-anti-capitalist-left/

 

The Declaration of the Anti-Capitalist Left

The Declaration of the Anti-Capitalist Left

 

Strengthening the Anti-Capitalist Analysis, Rayner O’Connor Lysaght, http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2004/03/02/strengthening-the-anti-capitalist-analysis/

Another Europe Is Possible, Allan Armstrong

Another Europe Is Possible

The European Anti-Capitalist Manifesto

European Anti Capitalist Left Manifesto

 Supplement. The 2009 European Elections – a political assessment– Allan Armstrong

The Need for Socialist Unity

 

3. Migrants and Defending Migrant Rights

No One Is Illegal

No One Is Illegal

 

Marching in the footsteps of immigrant workers, Sharat G.Lin

May Day: Marching in the footsteps of immigrant workers

 

It’s a Free World, Corinna Lotz reviews of Ken Loach’s film

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2007/09/27/its-a-free-world/

Internationalist Spirit, Allan Armstrong reviews of The Road of Tears by Battlefield Band and La Radiolina by Manu Chau

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2007/09/29/internationalist-spirit/

To Tame the City, Grzegorz Rybak http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2007/09/29/to-tame-the-city/

 The SSP Gives Its Support To The No One Is Illegal Campaign

The SSP Gives Its Support To The ‘No One Is Illegal’ Campaign

 

Workers, Serf and Slaves: Managed Migration and Employment from No One Is Illegal

Workers, Serfs And Slaves: Managed Migration And Employment Rights

Workers are Not Blame for the Capitalists’ Crisis, Statement issued by the Campaign Against Immigration Controls

Foreign Workers are Not to Blame for the Capitalists’ Crisis

 

Brown’s Appeal to British Chauvinism, Mary McGregor

Brown’s Appeal To British Chauvinism

 

Blame the bosses not ‘foreign workers’, SWP

Blame the bosses not ‘foreign workers’

 

Letter from a Contract Worker, Antonio Jacinto

Letter From A Contract Worker

Migrant workers at the heart of our fightback, the commune, no.6

Migrant workers are at the heart of our fightback

 

Highland migrant workers, Bill Scott

Highland Migrant Workers

 

Let Them In, Mary McGregor

LET THEM IN

 

The Refugee Crisis, An Outcome of Capitalist Barbarism, Socialist Democracy (Ireland)

THE REFUGEE CRISIS – AN OUTCOME OF CAPITALIST BARBARISM

 

 3. The EU after the 2008 Crisis

a) from Socialist Democracy (Ireland)

Lisbon Treaty passed the second referendum

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2009/11/14/lisbon-treaty-passed-in-second-referendum/

 A New Tyranny Over Europe, Socialist Democracy (Ireland)

A NEW TYRANNY OVER EUROPE

 

Latvia in the Race to the Bottom, Socialist Democracy (Ireland)

LATVIA AND IRELAND IN THE RACE TO THE BOTTOM

 

Apple and Ireland – Who Would Have Thought It? Socialist Democracy (Ireland)

APPLE AND IRELAND – WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT?

 

b) Greece

 A Report on the Situation in Greece, Eric Chester

A REPORT ON THE SITUATION IN GREECE

 

Merkel Is Unwanted in Greece, Antarsaya

MERKEL IS UNWANTED IN GREECE!

 

What is happening in Greece and why, Lina Christou

What is happening in Greece and why

 

From Syriza to Scotland, Eric Chester

FROM SYRIZA TO SCOTLAND

 

Athens Calling: Unite Against Fascism, Sophia Lycouris

ATHENS CALLING: UNITE AGAINST FASCISM

 

 

Greek Voters Ignite the Flame for Democracy, Paul Feldman

GREEK VOTERS REIGNITE THE FLAME FOR DEMOCRACY

 

Defend the Greek People Against the Troika’s Coup D’Etat, World To Win

DEFEND GREEK PEOPLE AGAINST THE TROIKA’S COUP D’ETAT

 

A Very Capitalist Coup, World To Win

A VERY CAPITALIST COUP

 

The Limits To Reformism and the Greek Crisis, Eric Chester

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2015/08/02/the-linits-of-reformism-and-the-greek-crisis/

 

c) Catalunya

When Will We See Tanks in Barcelona? International Viewpoint

WHEN WILL WE SEE TANKS IN BARCELONA?

 

Catalunya, Freedom Come All Ye, Duncan McCabe

CATALUNYA – FREEDOM COME ALL YE

RIC and the Catalan Struggle, Adam Majos (CUP)

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2013/12/10/6374/

Catalonia prepares for independence, Liam O’Hare

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/09/21/catalonia-prepares-for-independence/

 

4)         The debate over the EU referendum and the Brexit vote

 The Debate on the EU Referendum, Allan Armstrong & Eric Chester

DEBATE ON THE EU REFERENDUM

 

EU and Internationalism From Below- Scotland Remains, England Abstains, Steve Freeman

EU AND ‘INTERNATIONALISM FROM BELOW’ – SCOTLAND REMAINS, ENGLAND ABSTAINS

 Socialist Democracy (Ireland) Statement on the EU Referendum

SOCIALIST DEMOCRACY (IRELAND) STATEMENT ON THE EU REFERENDUM

 

European Democratic Revolution – A Statement from the Republican Socialist Alliance

EUROPEAN DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTION – A statement from the Republican Socialist Alliance

 

Racism, Nostalgia and the EU Referendum, Brendan McGeever, Nadine El-Enany and John Tummon

RACISM, IMPERIAL NOSTALGIA AND THE EU REFERENDUM

 

An Open Letter to Lexiters, Allan Armstrong

AN OPEN LETTER TO LEXITERS

 

June 24th – The FUKer’s Black Friday or Red Friday for the European Democratic Revolution, Allan Armstrong

JUNE 24th – THE FUKers’ BLACK FRIDAY OR RED FRIDAY FOR A EUROPEAN DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTION?

 

Brexit – Views from Ireland, D.R. O’Comor Lysaght and Socialist Democracy (Ireland)

BREXIT – VIEWS FROM IRELAND

 

If Not Now, When? Murdo Ritchie

IF NOT NOW, WHEN?

 

Scotland in the Aftermath of the Referendum, Eric Chester

SCOTLAND IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE REFERENDUM

 

5. The European Democratic Revolution and the Campaign for a European Republican Socialist Party

The EU and the European Democratic Revolution, Steve Freeman

THE EU AND THE EUROPEAN DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTION

 

Report of Republican Socialist Alliance Meeting in Stockport, 12th March

REPORT OF REPUBLICAN SOCIALIST ALLIANCE MEETING, STOCKPORT, 12th MARCH

 

European Democratic Revolution – A Statement from the Republican Socialist Alliance

EUROPEAN DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTION – A statement from the Republican Socialist Alliance

REPORT OF THE REPUBLICAN SOCIALIST ALLIANCE MEETING IN WAKEFIELD – 23rd JULY

The Reality of the European Democratic Revolution, Allan Armstrong

THE REALITY OF THE EUROPEAN DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTION

 

Report of the Meeting to Set Up the Campaign for European Socialist Party, Allan Armstrong

REPORT OF MEETING TO SET UP THE CAMPAIGN FOR A EUROPEAN REPUBLICAN SOCIALIST PARTY

FOR AN INTERNATIONALIST REPUBLICAN POLITICS THAT ADAPTS TO 21st CENTURY TERRAINS OF STRUGGLE

From Farage’s Brexit to Trump’s “Brexit Plus, Plus, Plus” and on to ‘Madame Frexit’,

Allan Armstrong, Alan Bissett, Brian Higgins, Paul Stewatt and John Tummon

FROM FARAGE’S BREXIT, TO TRUMP’S “BREXIT PLUS, PLUS, PLUS”, AND ON TO ‘MADAME FREXIT’?

Little England, Steve Freeman

LITTLE ENGLAND

 Which Way Now – ‘Brexit’ or ‘Ex-Brit’, Allan Armstrong

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2016/12/03/which-way-now-brexit-or-ex-brit/

 

WHICH WAY NOW – ‘BREXIT’ OR ‘EX-BRIT’?

 

 

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For a list of articles on the RCN and Scottish Self-Determination with links posted on this blog see:-

 

THE RCN AND THE CAMPAIGN FOR SCOTTISH SELF-DETERMINATION

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