Today, 12th May, is the 90th anniversary of the execution of James Connolly, the great Irish socialist. For those who are unaware of the part Connolly played in the fight for Irish independence and for a better, more humane world--here's some biographical detail.
“If you remove the English Army tomorrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle., unless you set about the organization of the Socialist Republic your efforts will be in vain. England will still rule you. She would rule you through her capitalists, through her landlords, through her financiers, through the whole array of commercial and individualist institutions she has planted in this country and watered with the tears of our mothers and the blood of our martyrs”. -
James Connolly, from Socialism and Nationalism in Shan Van Vocht, January 1897
How sad Connolly would be to see the Ireland of today- a country which has sold its soul to modern, cut-throat capitalism and where both British and Irish capitalists exploit the people.