By Frank Hayes
The arrest of an elected TD by the capitalist state police for lawful political protest marks a new turn, a new moment of political oppression, and a new phase in the development of the political crisis resulting from of the 2007/8 Great Recession. All of this week-end’s economic news underlines how this crash has not receded, but is, in fact, still deepening.
The arrest of Socialist Party TD Paul Murphy in a 7am dawn raid is an act of blatant political authoritarianism, as much as it’s an act of political desperation on the part of this wretched shambles of a Dail coalition administration.
Every political tendency which considers itself socialist, as well as every politically active individual with a progressive outlook must defend Paul Murphy and those arrested with him, and demand an immediate end to all such political repression.
His detention is an act of:
• DESPERATION, because this Kenny/Burton management committee for the 1% class dictatorship, can find no solution to the intensifying social disruption of Austerity which characterises their global financial crisis. As Michael Noonan scrabbles about looking for some new apparently reassuring statistic to delude himself with, the real context of his micro-economic nightmare is the rapid and intensifying break-up of the old monetary arrangements globally. And with them is going all the old political framework on which has arisen a dangerously complacent acceptance of the status quo as inevitable – even by some who constitute what must now be identified as fake ‘left’.
The unimaginable quantity of systemic global indebtedness (which has a real and material systemic negative existence, and is not just ‘numbers’) is slowly crucifying the functionality of money in it’s present form, and it’s many-sided relativities within, and to, the processes of production, trade, capital accumulation, and circulation. Small wonder the establishment fear Paul Murphy TD.
• POLITICAL OPPRESSION, because, although the despicable Kenny/Burton gang have no answer to the human pain and suffering they cause (the smashing of public health and housing provision, the social destruction of the welfare of our society which they supervise); they have also been instructed to brook no questioning of their political agenda by any opposition. And so today, they attack a defender of democratic values.
And this is also why all of the other bourgeois opposition formations (Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein, The Pro-Capitalist Greens, some Fake’ Left’ Operators) refrain from proposing any end to the failed system of capitalism. They are incapable of envisioning any viable alternative approach to conducting the human affairs of our social, economic, political, and ecological existence.
This act of political coercion is an attempt to criminalise Paul Murphy TD and those others arrested at the same time, to politically harass them for daring to oppose a gangster government and its gangster agenda of Increasing Austerity and pursuing the thievery of public funds and public property.
It also criminalises every citizen who dares to believe that human society should exercise responsibility for all natural resources – a thing which capitalism is incapable of – and that these aspects of nature should not be reduced to the plaything of irresponsible corporations in a game of extracting the maximum amount of profit to add to their already colossal untaxed hoards.
Thus every responsible adult citizen must urgently join hands and minds with others in vigorous work to reject and overturn these political arrests. And to force this disgraced Kenny/Burton administration out of office immediately.
WHO IS NEXT?
We all must now commence a conversation to respectfully and collectively begin the construction of a new political vision, a future based on real democratic control of society by the 99% majority, the transformation and reorganisation of economic activity on a NOT-FOR-PROFIT basis, and a plan to rid ourselves of the failed and destructive capitalist approach.
There is no place for political sectarianism, or for personal egos in meeting the demands of this task. We have to look to the future and leave the past with its inadequacies behind us. And if that is too much to ask for some, then would they please step aside and stop obstructing those willing to do the job.
It should go without saying, that every politically aware person should act today to put a stop to this race into authoritarianism. Not to act would be irresponsible, and acting alone will have little effect, but by connecting with others we can create an unstoppable force to remove that most movable object, that most objectionable dictatorship, sitting in the midst of its own destruction, the Dail Establishment and the class it serves. If Kenny/Burton are not stopped now, it is an encouragement to them, and to like-minded reactionaries to step up the Austerity march into Authoritarianism!
The political arrest of Paul Murphy and others today, offers a stark warning to us about others who seek power through the 26-county Dail state. Just over a week ago, Co Wicklow Sinn Fein Cllr John Snell told a public meeting in Wicklow Town “The Gardai are not our enemy!”.
Well John, their actions this morning are hardly friendly.
I am now calling on you to immediately retract your opportunistic and misleading public statement made in the Leitrim Lounge. And I call on you to condemn this outrageous political act by the Garda with whom you consort, which has criminalised legal political opposition.
Your words – which must have been sanctioned by Sinn Fein nationally – are a sharp warning of what might lie ahead for political oppositionists if your party ever become what James Connolly called “the management committee for the ruling class”.
In the context of the political use of police force against protesters, all those who have been misled by your political manipulation must now think again. No matter how challenging such a rethinking might have to be for them.
THE FRUITS OF OPPORTUNISM
It is a regrettable fact that some members of the Socialist Workers Party followed Cllr John Snell’s (Sinn Fein) political lead after the earlier arrest of protesters at Glebemount, Wicklow on January 15th. They also conspired together to prevent political speakers opposed to their own opportunist agenda from speaking at the Wicklow January 31st Rally. This was a disgraceful and anti-democratic political act.
On the evening of January 15th, outside Wicklow Garda HQ, I called for the setting up of a public committee for the defence of the 8 protesters arrested that day. It now appears that Sinn Fein and the local Wicklow Town SWP obstructed such a move for personal political opportunistic and sectarian motives. Such political cowardice, and their sectarian divisiveness only opens the door to new repressions – and now we see Paul Murphy TD is arrested!
I am now calling on the Socialist Workers Party to publicly denounce this political irresponsibility and sectarian opportunism, and prevent such anti-democratic behaviour by their Wicklow Town representatives in the future, and to ensure that it is never repeated again either overtly or covertly by any other member in their name.
Any political formation calling itself Socialist and which seeks to win the trust of the people must act honestly, openly, democratically, and respectfully with other socialists. If they do not, they will sow the seeds of their own demise as soon as their opportunism becomes known to the people.
We all must stand together, principled, united, collectively and:
SAY NO TO POLITICAL ARRESTS
SAY NO TO THE CRIMINALISATION OF POLITICAL OPPOSITION
And together we should collectively work to:
MAKE THE GARDA AND GOVERNMENT
RETRACT ALL PROCEEDINGS AGAINST PAUL MURPHY AND CO
RETRACT ALL PROCEEDINGS AGAINST THE WICKLOW EIGHT
BUILD COMMUNITY ASSEMBLIES TO DEFEND DEMOCRACY AND PROTECT OUR RIGHTS
By Thomás Aengus O Cléirigh
The Government’s crackdown of free speech and our right to free assembly is just another step in the direction of the corporate dictatorship of this country!If you had any doubts about the roll of An Garda let it now be crystal clear they have become the enforces of the governments corporate dictatorship! Arresting demonstrators at the brake of dawn is a classic tactic of despot totalitarian regimes eager to frighten off the peoples justifiable anger at been forced into financial slavery !
Ireland is never really going to be free unless we the people take back our central bank and use its function to create interest free money for the welfare of our people and not a bunch of private corporate gangsters hell bent of the financial enslavement of our people and the rest of the world: Creating money out of thin air and then creating sickening amount of real wealth on the backs of millions of people slaving to pay penal interest on this free money is obscene and is the cause of untold misery all around Ireland we must end this madness!
The Greek government are right we need to talk of the real debt issues that have made financial slaves out of all of Europe: Creating money out of nothing should be the function of each countries central bank and NOT the function of Private corporate sinister entities who are not accountable to anybody least of all the people of Ireland : A policy of endless debt is not going to make things better we are only enriching those who make this money out of nothing ( I.E )( the Faceless Bankers and their corporate backers)WE want our sovereignty back !Democracy in Ireland is Dead we are now in a police state run by unelected corporate gangsters and their puppets in the Dáil!