27/02/2021

Verko de James Connolly pri Esperanto (1898)

Originala teksto en la angla lingvo, ĉi tie. En ĉi-tiu verko, la Skota-Irlanda livisto James Connolly (1868-1916) alparolas al la movado por la minorita indiĝena Irlanda lingvo, ankaŭ nomiĝe la Gaela.



Mi kredas je la neceso, eĉ la neevitebleco de iu universala lingvo; sed mi ne kredas ke ĝi estos atingota, aŭ eĉ akcelus per konsentumado de malgrandaj ĝentoj pri la estingiĝo de iliaj lingvoj. Tiaj agadoj – fakte sklavaj senagadoj – ne akcelus la tago de iu universala lingvo, sed fakte intensigus la lukton inter la plej grandaj ŝtatoj por atingi mondan lingvan dominadon.

13/02/2021

Biografieto: La Senmorta Memoro de Robbie Burns


 Kial ni festas Robert Burns? Ĉu li ne estas simple unu plia “morta blanka viro”? Nu jes, sed ne en la senco, kiel tiu frazo estas ofte uzata, en la senco de  prestiĝo kaj hegemonio, kiu indas, ke ni pretepasu ĝin.

05/02/2021

Exposing Esperanto's hidden politics in the Zamenhof-era; and drawing lessons for Esperantists in the here and now

 I recently spent several days attending to the English version of a biographical website about Ludocik Lejzer Zamenhof (Zamenhof.info). This started out quite simply as proofreading the original English translation, and making a few stylistic changes here and there. But as I worked my way through the site I found myself increasingly referring back to the original Esperanto, trying to make a better translation, and even adding completely new information.

20/01/2021

Republican banner for Scotland

 A new republican tricolour flag has been designed to represent a new republican identity in a new Scotland. The three colours are each highly symbolic championing secularism, democracy. The tricolour design connects Scotland with the the UK’s ‘next door neighbours’, Ireland and France who both fly tricolours. Lesser-known republican tricolour flags are also used in Wales and England. The three vertical stripes stand for a society which values liberty, equality and solidarity. This is a secular and republican flag and points to a future Scotland founded on the sovereignty of the people; at present we live under the sovereignty of the crown and its anti-democratic powers which lie in parliament, including the devolved parliament.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

17/01/2021

Republican banner for England

A new republican flag has been designed to represent a new republican identity in a new England. The colours identify with the most important popular struggles that have shaped England’s parliamentary democracy. The tricolour design connects England with the the UK’s ‘next door neighbours’, Ireland and France who both fly tricolours. Lesser-known republican tricolour flags are also used in Wales and Scotland. The three vertical stripes stand for a society which values liberty, equality and solidarity. This is a secular and republican flag and points to a future England founded on the sovereignty of the people; at present we live under the sovereignty of the crown and its anti-democratic powers.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16/01/2021

PL 2: The Diversity of Polish Politics, c. 1890 – 1925

 

The previous article on Polish independence was a hagiography which deliberately missed out a lot of detail. Those omissions – Józef Piłsudski’s flaws, and the Polish independence and socialist movements beyond him – will be explored in this present article.

 

06/12/2020

PL 1: Józef Piłsudski, Polish freedom fighter

Following c.865 years of existence as a state power on the European stage, and also following 23 years of territorial losses, in 1795 Poland disappeared entirely from the political map. In 1918, after the First World War, and after 123 years of simultaneous partition by three separate empires – Russia, Germany, and Austria – the ancient Polish nation regained its independence.

This essay is a hagiography of the Polish independence movement’s protagonist Józef Piłsudski, and it will broadly outline of how that independence was achieved. Certain complexities of the wider movement and society have been deliberately overlooked in this essay. These will be explored in a future essay, and their omission on this occasion will allow an element of contrast with the follow-up piece.

 


28/11/2020

Series Introduction: Successful self-determination and secession

In a series of blogposts, I will outline a number of self-determination and secessionist movements which have succeeded in their aims. These writings should be considered in the context of the ongoing situation in Scotland. I will mostly focus my analysis to post-1945 Europe. It is hoped that this will maintain the relevance for comparison to present-day Scotland. Given this spatiotemporal scope, much of the series will focus on the breakup of Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union and its sphere of influence.

 

Highland Wilderness: then and now

An updated version of this was featured at: https://republicansocialists.scot/2020/12/the-case-for-socialism-in-the-highlands/

Introduction

Though the Clearances turned the Highlands into a wilderness, it is argued in the first part of this article that they can be understood as a transitionary period in Scotland’s socioeconomic development between tribal feudalism and industrial capitalism. The article goes on to outline how, nearly 200 years later, through underdevelopment, the Highlands remain a place of wilderness. The focus in this second part is on the sorry state of the renewables industry, and of land ownership.