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IMF arrival in Ireland does not transform yesterday's enemies into today's friends

Even the Irish Times has now editorialized against the IMF intervention but like most of the emerging mainstream concerns the Times is not concerned about the cuts in jobs, wages and welfare that the IMF will be used to impose. No their concern is for the loss of 'sovereignty' as IMF intervention results in a rise in populist cross class nationalism, a tide which ironically the ruling party, which is bringing in the IMF to make the cuts it would like to, will be best placed to ride.

Mutualism: Fake and Real

A vision of a co-operative commonwealth has always been at the heart of socialism. The earliest socialists suggested co-operative villages, workplaces and consumer societies. This was echoed by libertarian socialists.

Cement truck rams Dail gates - or does it?

On the morning of Wednesday 29th September we awoke to the news that a cement triuck covered in anti-government slogans relating to the bank bailout had been rammed into the gates of the Dail (Irish parliament) almost running over the police guarding the entrance.  It turned out that some of this was true, some of it lies and that the alleged driver of the truck was the strangest of anti-bank campaigners, an outraged developer.  This piece written for the WSM site takes apart some of the spin.

Epilogue

Epilogue

[...]

When society has turned from within to without, all relations are overturned. Yesterday we were walking with our heads downwards; today we hold them erect, without any interruption to our life. Without losing our personality, we change our existence. Such is the nineteenth century Revolution.

The fundamental, decisive idea of this Revolution is it not this: NO MORE AUTHORITY, neither in the Church, nor in the State, nor in land, nor in money?

Seventh Study. Absorption of Government by the Economic Organism

Seventh Study. Absorption of Government by the Economic Organism

[...]

Government [...] has for its dogmas:

              1. The original perversity of human nature;

              2. The inevitable inequality of fortunes;

              3. The permanency of quarrels and wars;

Sixth Study. Organisation of Economic Forces

Sixth Study. Organisation of Economic Forces

Rousseau said truly: No one should obey a law to which he has not consented; and M. Rittinghausen too was right when he proved that in consequence the law should emanate directly from the sovereign, without the intermediary of representatives.

Fifth Study: Social Liquidation

Fifth Study: Social Liquidation

The preceding studies, as much upon contemporaneous society as upon the reforms which it suggests, have taught us several things which it is well to recount here summarily.

The fall of the July monarchy and the proclamation of the Republic were the signal for a social revolution.

This Revolution, at first not understood, little by little became defined, determined and settled, under the influence of the very same Reaction which was displayed against it, from the first days of the Provisional Government.

Fourth Study: The Principle of Authority

Fourth Study: The Principle of Authority

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Third Study: The Principle of Association

Third Study: The Principle of Association

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I begin with the principle of Association.

  


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