Massacre At Wounded Knee

by Gabriel Donohoe

Wounded Knee-sign

Today, the United States is universally condemned for killing and maiming untold numbers of innocent civilians in drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and other countries.

This is not a recent phenomenon. Since its foundation in 1776, the U. S. has systematically slaughtered, persecuted, and impoverished its own indigenous peoples in a genocidal programme of stealing native lands and natural resources. It has been estimated that the death toll of American Indians from the arrival of Columbus in 1492 to the time of Wounded Knee was around 100 million souls. In 1890, only 250,000 remained.

Therefore, it is fitting that on this day, December 29th, 2015, we remember the brutal slaughter of some 300 Lakota Sioux Indians – mostly women and children – by the U.S. Seventh Cavalry at Wounded Knee Creek on their own reservation in South Dakota exactly 125 years ago.

The ill-fated Indian band, led by Big Foot (also known as Spotted Elk), was fleeing its winter encampment, alarmed at increased military activity on Sioux reservation lands after the assassination by Indian police of Lakota spiritual leader and holy man, Sitting Bull, barely two weeks before.

Wounded Knee - Big FootFrozen Body of Big Foot

The army entered the reservation in force to stamp out ‘Ghost Dancing’, a religious ceremony indulged in by the vanquished Sioux by which they vainly hoped to bring back the ‘good old days’ of a happy nomadic life, an abundance of buffalo, and the departure of the malevolent white man.

Ranchers and settlers in Nebraska and the Dakotas became alarmed at the Ghost Dance ‘craze’ and feared an Indian uprising. They called out to the Government for protection. Whether spurred on by white hysteria or by a desire to steal even more reservation land, the government promptly sent in the army.

Unfortunately, the military force selected for the job was the reconstituted Seventh Cavalry, a regiment all but obliterated by the Sioux and Cheyenne 14 years previously, in June, 1876, on the banks of the Little Bighorn River, Montana Territory. Custer’s old outfit, now under the command of Col. J.W. Forsyth, had a score to settle with the Sioux.

custers-last-standLittle Bighorn, June, 1876

On the morning of December 29th, 1890, Forsyth began to confiscate the hunting weapons of Big Foot’s band of some 350 men, women, and children who had been take prisoner the day before. According to the army, a deaf Lakota warrior, who didn’t understand what was going on, refused to hand up his valuable rifle and a struggle ensued during which a shot was fired.

The Seventh Cavalry immediately opened fire on the mostly unarmed mass of Lakota prisoners with .45-70 caliber Springfield carbines and four 42mm Hotchkiss mountain cannon. Men, women, and children were cut to pieces in the murderous enfilade, including many soldiers caught in their own crossfire.

Wounded Knee - Soldiers with Hotchkiss GunsSoldiers With Hotchkiss Guns

The surviving Lakotas fled in the freezing snow but were pursued for three miles or more and ruthlessly butchered. Among the dead was the band leader, Big Foot, who was ill with pneumonia at the time and whose corpse was later found frozen in a half-reclining position. One soldier told how it took him several shots to kill a toddler who was running around the body of its dead parents. Another told of seeing a baby trying to suckle the breast of its dead mother, lying in her own blood in the snow.

For their “bravery”, twenty Medals of Honor were awarded to the soldiers. For years now, Indian activists have been trying to have these medals rescinded. To date, they have not been successful.

Wounded Knee - Indian Corpses Collected for BurialCollecting The Lakota Dead

Wounded Knee - Indian Bodies at Wounded KneeScattered Bodies at Wounded Knee

The Indian bodies were left to lie in a blizzard for 4 days or so. When an army burial party arrived back at the slaughter site they found a 7 month old girl, frost-bitten but alive, under the frozen corpse of her mother who had tried to shield her from army bullets. The child was named little Lost Bird and was adopted by a Nebraska National Guard general, without permission or approval from the Lakota people. She lived to be 29 years old and her story of abuse and racism at the hands of her “rescuers” is a poignant one.

(See a video of Lost Bird’s story here)

Wounded Knee - Mass GraveMass Grave

When a wagon load of wounded arrived at Pine Ridge 4 or 5 days later a white congregation emerged from a church to shout abuse at them. The church was still decorated with Christmas slogans of “Peace On Earth” and “Goodwill To All”. The good ‘Christian’ reverend shook his fist at the desperately injured and frost-bitten women and children and yelled, “Bandits!”

The former Indian Agent at Pine Ridge, Irishman V.T. McGillycuddy, was disgusted at the unwarranted slaughter.  He wrote:

“…[U]p to date there has been neither a Sioux outbreak or war. No citizen in Nebraska or Dakota has been killed, molested or can show the scratch of a pin, and no property has been destroyed off the reservation.”

The dream of a noble and beautiful people died at Wounded Knee.

Let us remember the great injustice that happened there…

Wounded Knee - Gen Colby with Lost BirdGeneral Colby with Little Lost Bird

Wounded Knee - Lost BirdLost Bird (Zintkala Nuni)

Wounded Knee - Lost Bird Reburial 1991Lost Bird’s Reburial in 1991


The author’s granddaughter, Lauren, then aged 5, placing her “Ireland” cap on Lost Bird’s grave as a mark of respect


An Irishman is last army survivor of the atrocity at Wounded Knee

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Ben Gilroy….Love him or Loath him….he is filling a void that undoubtably exists

Ben Gilroy is a stalwart Irishman indeed… But the author of this piece, Austin Byrne, is also a true Irishman who has helped many people too. His modesty won’t allow him to say that.

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“Dear Plonker” (Book Review – Humour)

by Gabriel Donohoe

dear plonker

If you are not one to laugh out loud when you are reading, here’s a book guaranteed to provoke a belly laugh.

But be careful where you settle down to read it. Loud guffawing may bring you unwelcome stares on the bus or train, or it may get you thrown out of your local municipal library. And most of all, don’t read it in the courtroom as you await your case to be called – especially not in Judge Leonie Reynolds’s court in Trim, not if black and blue is a skin tone you’d prefer to avoid.

“Dear Plonker” is written by King Aidan, or Aidan Killian as he undoubtedly appears in the secret files of the clandestine State agencies charged with keeping us safe from truthtellers, water protesters, ISIS, and satirical comedians with an attitude.

As an avid reader since my pre-teens, this is the first book I’ve read in a long, long time to cause me to laugh out loud. Not since “Puckoon” (Spike Milligan), “Catch-22” (Joseph Heller), or “Tortilla Flat” (John Steinbeck) have I come close to falling out of bed in convulsions of laughter.

Yet, it’s difficult to know what genre this book should be filed under. ‘Humour’ it most certainly is. But it could equally be found on the ‘Self-Improvement/Personal Development’ shelf or on the front rows of ‘Secrets The Banks and Corporations Don’t Want You To Know’.

“Dear Plonker” is a collection of letters and emails to and from banks, solicitors, Eflow, phone companies, and other debt collectors. It is deliciously funny, witty, informative, and sardonic. It strips bare the humourless facade of officialdom and exposes ‘Big Corpo’ for the greedy, heartless, blackguard that it is.

King Aidan directs informed questions to the formidable institutions of bureaucracy, cloaked with disarming humour and sarcasm. But these scoundrels are unable to answer him, because to do so truthfully would destroy them. They can only resort to bluster and bullying, and that only serves to demolish their own credibility.

Thus, Aidan reveals that what seemed to be a terrifying fire-breathing dragon is nothing more than a whimpering pup. “Dear Plonker” shows you how to lose your fear of the ‘beast’ and how to stand up in your own power. Bullies, when confronted, show their true nature and turn tail. You will learn how to beat this dragon and pull his teeth.

And the wealth of information in this book is invaluable. Just to find out how to deal with banks, debt collectors and other corporate bullies is worth the price alone.

There is also a spiritual aspect to this book. Aidan Killian could have ranted and railed against the evils and injustices of the banks, the debt collectors, and their ilk and he would have been justified in attacking them and heaping scorn and vitriol upon them.

But no. Aidan charitably treats their frontmen as human beings. He is aware that we ALL are spiritual beings currently trying to cope with a human existence. We are ALL walking a winding road hoping to get to an agreeable destination. And it’s not easy for most of us.

Aidan’s awareness only comes with spiritual enlightenment. I suspect that Aidan Killian, the soul-being, has been here many, many times before. Perhaps he is back again for one final hurrah! and to give us a laugh or two on our own arduous journey. In his book, Aidan reminds us that maybe we are taking life too seriously.

A quote from Shakespeare comes to mind:

“All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players;

They have their exits and their entrances,

And one man in his time plays many parts…”

Speaking of the stage, if you get a chance you should also go to see Aidan Killian doing his stand-up comedy routine. He is a powerful social critic and satarist. His social commentary, like all home truths, is most effective and scathing when dressed in humour. Aidan is destined to join the ranks of the greats, like Bill Hicks, George Carlin, Lenny Bruce, and a few others. His show is highly recommended.

Book launch is in The Hampton Hotel, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, on Friday night, 4th September, 2015, at 7pm.

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The Lusitania: Another Bankster Outrage?

by Gabriel Donohoe

(Re-posted from a blog one year ago)

lusitania on fire

On this day 100 years ago, May 7th, 1915, a German U-boat sunk the RMS Lusitania off the southern Irish coast with the loss of 1,195 lives, including 128 Americans. 94 children perished, 31 of them mere babes-in-arms. This incident became the major catalyst for drawing a reluctant America into the European slaughter pens of World War 1.

But was the sinking of the Lusitania one of those unfortunate acts that occur randomly during war or was there a more sinister and deliberate hand at work?

In a disputed incident like this, one often gets to the truth of the matter by asking the question, “Cui bono?” “Who benefits?” After a detailed examination of the facts, one can only come to the conclusion that it was the banksters who benefitted, and grossly at that.

The RMS Lusitania was one of the world’s biggest ships and the pride of the Cunard Line at the time of her demise. “RMS” stands for “Royal Mail Steamer” which meant that the Lusitania was certified to carry the mail, earning her owners an annual fee of some £68,000.

At the time of her final voyage, leaving New York for Liverpool on May 1st, 1915, Europe was embroiled in war. Germany had declared the seas around the United Kingdom to be a war-zone and German U-boats were wreaking havoc on enemy shipping.  300,000 tons of Allied shipping were sunk every week and one out of every four steamers leaving Britain never returned. Britain was virtually cut off from her allies and her waters were fraught with danger.

lusitania - U-boatU-boat

In contravention of the rules of war at the time (the Hague Conventions and the Cruiser Rules) the RMS Lusitania was carrying a considerable amount of ammunition, explosives, and other war matériel for the armies of England and France. As G. Edward Griffin wrote in The Creature From Jekyll Island, “…she [The Lusitania] was virtually a floating ammunition depot.” This meant that she wouldn’t have the status of a non-military ship and could be fired upon without warning. It was widely known that the Lusitania was entered into the Admiralty fleet register as an armed auxiliary cruiser and was so listed in Jane’s Fighting Ships and in The Navy Annual.

The Germans knew that The Lusitania was carrying military supplies bound for Germany’s enemies on the Western Front. The German embassy in Washington even took the precaution of placing an advertisement in 50 U.S. newspapers warning civilians not to sail on the Lusitania. Due to the intervention of the State Department most of the notices were not published. However, the Des Moines Register carried the following advert which was placed beside an ad for the Lusitania…

lusitania notice


“TRAVELLERS intending to embark on the Atlantic voyage are reminded that a state of war exists between Germany and her allies and Great Britain and her allies; that the zone of war includes the waters adjacent to the British Isles; that, in accordance with formal notice given by the Imperial German Government, vessels flying the flag of Great Britain, or any of her allies, are liable to destruction in those waters and that travellers sailing in the war zone on the ships of Great Britain or her allies do so at their own risk.


“Washington, D.C., April 22, 1915.”

lusitania - jp morganJ. P. Morgan

In the early stages of the War, England and France had borrowed heavily from American investors and had selected J P Morgan & Co, front man and partner of the Rothschilds, to act as sales agent for their bonds. Morgan bankers were also selected as purchase agents to buy war materials when the bond money was returned to the States. J.P. Morgan & Co was in the happy position of receiving lucrative commissions in both directions, which, in the case of England and France amounted to some $30 million. That’s not counting commissions on hundreds of millions of dollars of business done with Russia, Italy, and Canada.

Furthermore, through holding companies, the House of Morgan directly owned many of the manufacturing firms receiving production contracts for military goods from England and France. (Undoubtedly these firms were the foundation of the ‘military-industrial complex’ later referred to by President Eisenhower.) Soon, J P Morgan became the largest consumer on earth, spending up to $10 million per day. Morgan was in the privileged position of being buyer, seller, and producer and amassing profits from all sides.

However, when the War began to go badly for England and France, Morgan & Co found it impossible to get new buyers for the Allied war bonds. There was a real fear in Whitehall at the time that England was about to lose the war. If the Allies were to default, Morgan’s large commissions would come to an end and its investors would suffer gigantic losses (some $1.5 billion). On top of that, Morgan’s war production companies would go out of business. Something needed to be done urgently.

As the RMS Lusitania departed Pier 54 in New York on May 1st, 1915, Morgan surmised that if the cruiser were to be sunk by a German submarine, the resulting furore would certainly bring America into the War on the side of the Allies. Not only would Allied bonds be in great demand but Morgan’s war production companies would have to go into overdrive to outfit over four million American soldiers who would be mobilized for the European War.

(The author’s grandfather, an immigrant from Co. Cavan, became a doughboy in 1917 when he was inducted into the 364th U.S. Infantry, served in France, and was wounded in action.)

lusitania map

Six days later, on the afternoon of Friday, May 7th, 1915, the Lusitania approached within 12 miles of the southern Irish coast. Winston Churchill, the Lord of the Admiralty, knew that German U-boats were operating in the area after three ships had been sunk in the previous 2 days. Not only did Churchill not come to the assistance of the Lusitania but he ordered her planned escort, the destroyer Juno, to return to Queenstown harbour. Earlier, the Lusitania had been ordered to reduce speed by shutting down one of her four boilers (ostensibly to save coal). She was a sitting duck and the entire Admiralty knew it.

Lusitania -Winston_ChurchillWinston Churchill

At least one of Churchill’s officers, Commander Joseph Kenworthy, was disgusted at the cynicism of his superior. In his 1927 book, The Freedom of the Seas, he would write: “The Lusitania was sent at considerably reduced speed into an area where a U-boat was known to be waiting and with her escorts withdrawn.”

At 2.10 in the afternoon of that fateful Friday, Kapitänleutnant Walther Schwieger of U-boat U-20 spotted the Lusitania and gave the order to fire one torpedo. The torpedo struck the Lusitania on the starboard bow, just beneath the wheelhouse. A few moments later, much to everyone’s surprise including the watching Germans, a second huge explosion took place within the hull and the ship began to founder rapidly. 18 minutes later, the Lusitania disappeared beneath the waves.

Irish rescuers sailed out from Cork, over 11 miles away, and plucked some 764 survivors from the cold waters.

Many researchers today believe that the second explosion was caused by some of the 600 tons of pyroxyline explosive, 6 million rounds of .303 bullets, 1248 cases on shrapnel shells, plus an unknown quantity of munitions that filled the holds on the lower deck.

Ever since, the British Government have endeavoured to keep the Lusitania’s cargo a secret. As late as the 1950s the Royal Navy used the wreck of the Lusitania for target practice by dropping depth charges in order to destroy any evidence that the ship breached Cruiser Rules of war or the Hague Conventions.

lusitania_graveLusitania Dead, Co. Cork

After the sinking, the British ordered an official enquiry under the direction of Lord Mersey. The Admiralty manipulated Lord Mersey to find the master of the Lusitania, Captain Turner, at fault for the disaster. Lord Mersey complied with the Admiralty’s wishes but, in a crisis of conscience, refused payment for his services and requested that henceforth he be “excused from administering His Majesty’s Justice.” Mersey’s only comment in later years was: “The Lusitania case was a damn dirty business.”

The sinking of the Lusitania was a major catalyst for America’s later entry into the World War, 23 months later. Total deaths from the War are estimated between 9 and 15 million souls; American casualties of dead and wounded were in excess of 300,000.

But the House of Morgan, House of Rothschild, and other banksters were thoroughly pleased at America’s entry into the War. It meant that they continued to benefit hugely from the wholesale slaughter and misery of millions of programmed human beings.

When one thinks of Pearl Harbour, Gulf of Tonkin, 9/11, and other false flags it seems that some things never change. The lessons of history are quickly forgotten. The gullible public has always been willing to swallow government propaganda, hook, line, and sinker.

But thanks to the Internet and social media, that is all now beginning to change…


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(A Sonnet In Commemoration of Bobby Sands, M.P., who died while on hunger-strike on this day, May 5th, 1981.)


Gabriel Donohoe


He sinks, brain addled, into his waterbed
Not moving, lest the brittle bones should crack.
Before the dawn his fading pulse shall ebb;
The eyes are sightless now, the tongue is black.
How can one embrace ideals so cherished
To permit one’s living flesh to melt away?
What chimera drives a man to perish
When England’s heartless will remains unsway’d?
Is he not a gunman whose blooded hand
Deserves him naught but death and biting scorn?
What right has such to take a martyred stand?
‘Midst nature’s sublime blossoms he’s but a thorn.
But the uncommitted fail to comprehend
How deeply august thoughts inspire some men.

Copyright © 1981, 2015 Gabriel Donohoe

(Originally written in May, 1981, when the author lived in Fermanagh/South Tyrone, a constituency represented in the U.K. Parliament by hunger-striker Bobby Sands, M.P.)

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Andrew Jackson: The Man Who Killed The Bank

by Gabriel Donohoe


200 years ago today, January 8th, 1815, the 17 day battle for the strategic port city of New Orleans ended in a decisive victory for the American forces under the command of General Andrew Jackson.

It is difficult to recall a more ignominious defeat for the British. The swamplands around Chalmette were strewn with 2,000 dead and wounded redcoats, including their youthful commander, Major General Sir Edward Packenham. Jackson’s casualties were a meagre score or so dead and wounded.

Thus ended the War of 1812.

This war, like almost all wars, was a bankers’ war. It is believed that Nathan Rothschild threatened President Madison in 1811 with a “most disastrous war” if Congress did not renew the charter of the privately controlled central bank, the First Bank of the United States. Knowing that the central bank had almost ruined the U.S. economy while vastly enriching the bankers, Congress refused to renew the charter.

This prompted Rothschild to declare, “Teach those impudent Americans a lesson! Bring them back to colonial status!”

Rothschild money and influence worked to provoke a war with the Americans. However, the British Prime Minister, Spencer Perceval, opposed a war in North America; he was assassinated in May, 1812, the only British Prime Minister to be murdered while in office. Under Perceval’s successor, Robert Banks Jenkinson (with an ironic middle name), the Americans were goaded into declaring war on Great Britain in June, 1812.

Despite the American victory, the War of 1812 achieved Rothschild’s objective. The fledgling republic was deeply in debt and monetary chaos reigned across the land. Madison and Congress had to back-pedal and in 1816 felt compelled to offer a new 20 year charter to another private central bank, The Second Bank of the United States.

The bankers took up from where they had left off in 1811 and continued to loot the American people. Then, in 1828, Andrew Jackson was elected president. ‘Old Hickory’, as Jackson was affectionately known by his former troops, easily won the popular vote and the electoral vote. Having routed the British Army at New Orleans, ‘Old Hickory’ decided he would do the same to the British controlled central bank.

andrew jackson

Andrew Jackson was born in the Carolinas in 1767 shortly after his family migrated to North America from Co. Antrim in Ireland. The Jacksons were Ulster Presbyterians, a religion that was discriminated against and persecuted by the British almost as much as Catholics.

As a young teenager, Andrew was active on the American side in the Revolutionary War. When the 14 year old Jackson was captured by British Dragoons in South Carolina, a British officer demanded that he clean the officer’s boots. Jackson told the officer where he could stick his boots and received a nasty sabre gash across the arm and forehead for his insolence. Jackson bore these scars to his dying day but made the British suffer terribly at New Orleans for their gratuitous violence.

As Jackson’s first term in office ended (1828-32), the president of the Second Bank of the United States, Nicholas Biddle, decided to apply early for renewal of the bank’s charter which would expire in 1836. He felt Jackson would be vulnerable in the re-election campaign and would eschew anything controversial.

Biddle got it dead wrong. Rather than avoid controversy, Jackson based his entire re-election campaign on destroying the central bank. His election slogan was “Jackson And No Bank”.

Jackson once berated a delegation of bankers with these words:

“Gentlemen! I too have been a close observer of the doings of the Bank of the United States…You are a den of vipers and thieves. I have determined to rout you out, and by the Eternal, I will rout you out!”

Just before the re-election campaign began in earnest, Congress passed a bill into law to allow the Second Bank of the United States to renew its charter for a further 20 years. But Jackson vetoed the bill. He outlined his reasons in a message to the American people, a populace long sceptical of central banks and bankers.

As the presidential campaign progressed, Biddle and his bank heavily funded Jackson’s opponent, Henry Clay, a highly respected Kentucky senator and former Speaker of the House of Representatives. But ‘Old Hickory’ won the election by a landslide.

Although the bank had 4 more years of its charter to run, Jackson set about hammering nails into its coffin. He ordered Secretary of the Treasury McLane to pull all government funds out of the central bank and deposit them in state-chartered banks. Secretary McLane refused and Jackson fired him. He appointed William Duane as Treasury Secretary and ordered him to remove deposits from Biddle’s central bank. When Duane dragged his heels, Jackson fired him too. The third appointed Secretary, Roger B. Taney, complied and the bank was in serious difficulty.

Biddle attempted to turn Congress and the people against Jackson by causing a recession in 1834. The bank demanded that all existing loans be repaid immediately; it deliberately refused to make new loans. A nation-wide recession ensued.

Jackson, under pressure, declared, “The bank is trying to kill me – but I will kill it!”


Actually, the bank came close to literally killing Jackson when a would-be assassin, Richard Lawrence, believed to be in the pay of the Rothschilds, attempted to murder Jackson in January, 1835, but both his pistols misfired. ‘Old Hickory’ began to thrash Lawrence with his cane and had to be physically restrained from beating his attacker to death.

With blame for the recession travelling backwards and forwards, Biddle’s huge ego became his own undoing. He was heard to boast in public that it was he who had caused the recession. The people and Congress turned against him. The bank’s charter was not renewed. In fact, it would take 77 years before another central bank would appear on the scene – the Federal Reserve Bank in 1913.

When asked what was the greatest achievement of his career, Jackson replied, “I killed the bank!”

Political leaders of the world, take note.

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Preserving Capitalism? Or Emancipation Through Power Of The People?

[This is an excellent, thought-provoking article taken from the FaceBook page of Frank Hayes, with the author’s permission — Fools Crow.]

by Frank Hayes


The 2015 Budget for the Irish Capitalist State has been described by some mainstream economists as an exercise in smoke and mirror obfuscation, a do-nothing budget where the coalition’s cautious ‘give and take’ con-job protects the miraculous ‘economic recovery’ which they say they have managed to conjure out of the detritus of the 2007/8 crash. It is not!

joan burton

Joan Burton, Tanaiste

Gently interviewed on RTE’s Morning Ireland, Labour Party leader and Tanaiste, Joan Burton offered statistics and hinted at better times in the future for the working poor who toil for less than a living wage, and the thousands whom her government have rendered jobless. Tame journalists refuse to press for the truth about the artifice in the Noonan/Howlin trick of the loop. The interviewer even suggested, amazingly, that The Troika dictators were ‘no longer in charge’. So who gave the instruction to end ‘The Double Irish’, so obsequiously complied with?


First things first, once again, when assessed in its functional outcomes, this budget takes money from poor people and gives it to the rich! Nothing new there! And the anti-social coalition partners retain their common hostility towards public service provision across the board. Even ‘social housing’ provision – the great feather in the cap of the ‘Labour’ Party, turns out to be a small form of grant aiding private profiteering builders, and will contribute nothing in terms of housing provision for the working poor (those whose wages have been cut and cut again to try restore profitability) or those on inadequate welfare payments, the tens of thousands on housing lists everywhere.

The loudest fanfare is for the Christmas Bonus. But this also, will not really be restored – but replaced by a small sop payment to the poorest of the poor – a social group created by the government’s deliberate policy legacy as instructed by the ECB/IMF/EU Troika. We should not, however, be surprised.


The task assigned to Burton and Kenny is to preserve the status quo where human needs must be predicated on the ability of bond-holders to skim a few quid off every human activity. James Connolly described the varied apparatus of the capitalist state as a management committee for the owners of capital – the 1%. And his general analysis is confirmed yet again with this most recent budgetary strategic intervention by the Merrion Square administrative mandarins and their political frontmen. For them, system survival is the ultimate aim.

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However, a great deal has changed since Mr Connolly coined his truism. A century ago, a rampant capitalism, typified by William Martin Murphy and his Dublin Employers Federation were in possession of a system of economic, social, and political rule which was still expansionary in its motion, and which could drive human social development – however cruelly – as its real profit growth potential was realised. That is no longer true today.

The Irish economy is just one small part of the whole global economic function of the capitalist mode of production. No matter what Howlin and Noonan and their mandarin ‘wise men’ come up with, their plans confront a globalised economy which has – in real terms – ceased growth. Regardless of the appearance of an exponential increase in the numbers used to express ‘growth’ in the national economies of nation states, or their much discussed and misleading statistical comparisons, the awful truth is that the only real thing they express is an increasing indebtedness.

Following the collapse (or negation) of the Bretton Woods arrangements in 1971 (itself an expression of the hidden and inherent contradiction between currency inflationary process and real value deflation, an aspect of Marx’s axiom, the tendency of the rate of profit to fall), the 1% had to turn to the creation of fictitious capital to facilitate the continuity of function in profit-taking as the mode of existence of capitalist production etc. Inspired by the devious creativity of Milton Friedman and his likes, the end of history was confidently announced, the era of unending ‘growth’ was proclaimed, and year on year, the numbers got bigger and bigger.

milton friedman - Times

There were even a few crumbs (in the form of sub-prime lending) tossed to the hoi polloi to keep us onside. We took it because we had no choice, that was how the new world order operated, and we had no other functional options, being immersed within it. But it was seldom if ever, a willing embrace of this system of inequality and exploitation, even though the bourgeois media daily put such words in our mouths. And eventually, as Marxists had predicted, the whole rotten façade came tumbling down.


It took forty years for the contradictions of this new moment of economic history to process from their initial unity to the fracturing of that unity marked by the Lehman Brothers and ensuing financial busts. What we now face is a new negation – a new set of contradictions which are emerging out of the new tipping point we are arriving at. A new situation, inaugurating new relativities within the 99% and between us as a class and the so-called 1% class whose economic system has now failed historically.

Rampant over-production resulting from the for-profit production mode, which has been the principle characteristic of the post-Bretton Woods period of capitalist history (in particular now, over-production of capital) has not just resulted in the abstraction from human society of a virtual and unimaginable quantity of fictitious capital, the huge mountain of debt destroying its own systemic function; It has also created unprecedented social inequality and the destruction of communities across the globe; And engendered an ecological crisis in which mankind immediately confronts the degradation of the living environment to such an extent that species survival may be threatened.

The truth is that continued growth of profits (no matter that their form and content self-contradict in debt) now stands in the most extreme contradiction against the social, political, and economic needs of 99% of humanity. The old ways don’t work and a new roadmap for social emancipation must be embraced. Political interventions fashioned for the old conditions are now redundant. For this reason, correct education and training in the theory and method of Materialist Dialectics becomes a vitally necessary step towards identifying and creating the scientific and democratic alternative to collapsing capitalism.


Last Thursday (9th October 2014) ECB chief Mario Draghi spoke at the Brookings Institution, Washington, founded in 1916 with the object of becoming “the first private organisation devoted to analysing public policy issues at the national level”. Mr Draghi is worried. And he is not alone. The IMF (part of the un-departed Troika) said there’s a significant chance the Eurozone is about to fall into renewed recession, with real GDP virtually stalled and investment by private capital stubbornly stuck 20% below pre-crash levels.


Even the capitalists don’t see profit recovery as a possibility, and they won’t risk losing their shirts while net returns stick at a 20-year low. No investment means no new jobs for the millions ‘let go’ in the crash, and unemployment is at a 20-year high (the only area of real growth). Those who desperately want a job can’t get one, and youth unemployment in particular is alarming at 22%+. Burton and Kenny’s use of the term ‘job seeker’ is insulting in this context. They have victimised the jobless their system creates and now demonise their victims.

I have mentioned on several occasions that there will be no Germanic white horse riding to the rescue. August saw Argentina default, and a 4% fall in German industrial production, a five year high in the collapse rate. Even UK Tory Chancellor George Osborne admits “the Eurozone risks slipping back into crisis, and Britain cannot be immune from that – it’s already having an impact on our manufacturing and exports … we are not immune from what’s going on in the rest of the world”. So too, of course, for Ireland! Meanwhile, China would seem to be approaching the limits of its internal debt contradictions.


Quantitative Easing clearly has not worked, as easy money has spawned financial speculation rather than job creation to improve consumption and restart real economic growth. Japan sees recession again as ‘Abenomics’ fails, the US Fed dithers, not knowing which way to turn next. The IMF worries “there is a serious risk … that the Eurozone is heading for recession again. … But … if the right policies are decided, if both surplus and deficit countries do what they have to do, it is avoidable”. What Christine Lagarde means by this is unclear, but no doubt it will involve renewed transfers of money from poor people to the rich as usual.

Draghi is a little more decisive. For him, ‘structural reform means further ‘deregulating’ labour markets and creating an even less-controlled ‘free market’ (driving down wages even more, abolishing employee rights, replacing humans with new technology, removing rent and price controls, etc.) The very same neoliberal Austerity programme which has made things worse for workers and capitalists alike. The fact is that the system is broken, productivity is stalled, raising real profitability is unattainable, (although Draghi would be satisfied with bigger fictitious numbers).

That is why the ability to make a new scientific analysis of this new situation is so important. We must prepare for construction of the viable alternative to the failing profit motive, as the driving force of human activity. And that emancipation can only be achieved when the 99% become clearly conscious of their own real and existing power to make and remake the world. We do not need the profit-takers. In fact, they are clearly now an obstruction to human progress.

Neither do we need the failed recipes of social democracy in its many forms nor those of others who still insist ‘labour must wait’, who wish to fix and preserve capitalism.

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Last weekend, perhaps as many as one hundred thousand people assembled and marched in Dublin to reject the latest water charge robbery plans of the Merrion Square capitalist state. In two by-elections, the capitalist state establishment parties – including Sinn Fein (the last chance saloon for the capitalist state) were rejected as an urban Socialist and a rural Community activist, both pledged to challenge the status quo were elected to the Dail. They will enter an undemocratic institution which is part of the problem, a tool of the Troika dictatorship!

However, a new generation is waiting in the wings, a generation globally connected as never before, a living network untainted by the exhausted limitations of twentieth century responses to the historic crisis of the capitalist system. As they embrace the need for system change, our task is to encourage their new, transparently democratic and mutually fair and honest approach. They have not been sullied by the manipulative dishonesty of old elitist self-interest, by the corruptions of clique and crypto-leftism.

They can and will, if provided with the correct theoretical foundation for their political and philosophical development, create a renewal of the great revolutionary tradition in this new century, to freshly examine, analyse and grasp the reality of human social motion, and to enable the collective and unfettered construction of that new and open democracy of the people which will bring progressive resolution to the massive contradictions we face.

We must learn to co-operate openly and prepare for system change. There is not a moment to lose, and those who refuse to learn will soon become irrelevant in the coming struggle. fh 15/10/2014


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