Tuesday 12 December 2017

Eoghan Harris: Awkward individualism says no to grim ghosts of 1916

TODAY is May Day. Back when I was a Marxist, May Day was as special to me as St Brigid's Day. Even now it has not entirely lost its lustre.

The lustre comes from Marx's noble dream of moving mankind from the realm of necessity to the realm of freedom. Like all projects based on the perfectibility of man, it was bound to end in blood and tears. But the dream of social justice will never die.

Today, with hard hindsight, most of us know that social democracy -- capitalism policed by political democracy -- offers the best opportunity of ending economic exploitation. Ruairi Quinn, who always acts with good authority -- he told the truth to the teachers --represents the best of that social-democratic tradition.

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