The Relevance of James Connolly Today
Although James Connolly was murdered by the British Empire more than a hundred years ago his analysis of the situation in Ireland then is still valid today.
The Teachings of James Connolly, with a brief outline of his life, Joseph Deasy, New Books, Dublin, 1972?, 23 pages.
Connolly was a Marxist Socialist. This truth is at the heart of his life’s work; without it his struggles and sacrifice cannot be understood.
James Connolly and Irish Freedom, a Marxist analysis, Historical reprints No 1, G Schüller, Cork Workers Club, Cork, 1974, 30 pages.
When James Connolly, Marxian Socialist and Commander-in-Chief of the Irish revolutionary army of Easter Week, 1916, was awaiting his doom at the hands of a British firing squad, his last words spoken to his daughter Nora, expressed a fear that his comrades would not understand this action. And few of them did.
The Relevance of James Connolly in Ireland To-day, George Gilmore, Dochas, Dublin, 1969, 8 pages.
If we believe that working class struggle for better conditions within the society in which we live must, to achieve a worthwhile result, be pushed ahead to the overthrow of the social system that rests on the exploitation of the working classes, and to the organisation of society on a socialist basis instead then we can consider the question of the relevance of Connolly’s teaching to the tactics of today.