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Friday, May 12, 2006

James Connolly 1868-1916

Reading: Some pages of Robert Goddard's "Past Caring", Webpages from the Guardian, Independent, BBC News, IWW and Wikipedia websites, Morning Star, local paper.
Listening: The Beautiful South, local radio.
Viewing: BBC News Programmes, Coronation Street.

On the 12th May , 1916, 90 years ago today, James Connolly was taken from his sick bed to the yard of Kilmainham Jail in Dublin, where he was tied to a chair and executed by firing squad. Connolly had been one of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising. He was a socialist, industrial unionist and internationalist as well as a fighter for national liberation in Ireland. A libertarian socialist appraisal of Connolly, warts and all, can be found here. Connolly was a Scottish-Irish radical who spent time in the USA and was a leading figure in the early days of the Industrial Workers Of the World (IWW or Wobblies) that still exists today in both North America and other parts of the world, including the British Isles. The Connolly Association bears his name and is a useful source of information on Irish related topics. Connolly is one of a number of Wobbly leading lights who were killed by the state, vigilantes or reactionaries, including the legendary Joe Hill and lesser known activists like Frank Little.
To quote the title of one of Connolly's songs, taken from Songs of Freedom, (1907) WE ONLY WANT THE EARTH!
And the struggle continues.....

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At 3:33 pm, Blogger chilean luxemburgreen said...

Did you know that Connolly supported and learned the interethnical planned ecolanguage Esperanto, created and put into practice for an egalitarian communication between people from different languages ? It is an alternative to the current and unfear global hegemony of English.

Esperanto is a practical tool for the Ecology of languages. Linguistic diversity is as dangerously threatened by the capitalist globalization as biodiversity.

Saluton al chiuj !

At 10:19 pm, Blogger greenman said...

Yes, I did know that. It is unfortunate that the hegemony of our mother tongue encourages many of us in the English speaking world(myself included!) to laziness when it comes to learning other languages. Esperantists have my admiration. Perhaps the rise of China will have some effect on the English speaking world's reluctance to learn other tongues.

At 10:49 pm, Blogger chilean luxemburgreen said...

You native English speakers are not to be blamed, of course, because of the deep unjustice of the current global linguistic order. The hegemony of English is at the same time a consequence of and a condition for this system of political, economic, military and cultural monopolar power.

Your are right, Chinese is becoming more popular, but no ethnic language could serve as the egalitarian lingua franca for the world. That is why Esperanto deserves support. Try it and help to propmote the linguistic rights of the minorities.


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