Revolutionary Regroupment
Date:November 1977
Organisation:Irish Workers' Group [1976]
Publication:Class Struggle
Issue:Number 2
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Subjects: Independent Socialist Party

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Commentary From The Cedar Lounge Revolution

8th October 2018

Many thanks to the person who forwarded this to the Archive.

This is an article taken from Class Struggle No. 2, Nov 1977, issued by the IWG. It provides an overview of their political orientation, some detail on the genesis of the group, noting that ‘founding members…were expelled from the Socialist Workers Movement two years ago…’ and critiques the ‘bureaucratic nature of the SWM and the wholly undemocratic manner of our expulsion’.

With the then recent establishment of the Independent Socialist Party and the then recent publication of a document ‘For Revolutionary Regroupment’ (available in the Left Archive here) which sought a ‘fusion of the left’ the IWG notes that it was not invited to participate in that process. And the piece functions as a response to the ISP document noting:

In this article we will spell out more fully the attitude of the IWG to the question of regroupment and fusion, tot he politics of the ISP as evidence by their article and tot the nature and source of the very real differences within the Irish left.

The article in eight pages covers all those areas and more and offers a fascinating appraisal of the Independent Socialist Party – which of course emerged from individuals who had been briefly involved in the IRSP. Perhaps most interesting is the analysis of other formations on the Irish further left which are grouped under category headings, including ‘The Fetishists’, ‘The Eclectics’ and ’The Negatives’.

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  • By: Lamentreat Mon, 08 Oct 2018 15:08:59

    Nice design steal from here:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beat_the_Whites_with_the_Red_Wedge
    but oddly seems to imply the IWG are the Whites.

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  • By: Joe Mon, 08 Oct 2018 16:42:57

    “Perhaps most interesting is the analysis of other formations on the Irish further left which are grouped under category headings, including ‘The Fetishists’, ‘The Eclectics’ and ’The Negatives’.”

    Brilliant. Just brilliant :). How many other formations on the Irish further left were there, that they had to group them under category headings?
    Thinking on it, I’m pretty sure most of those other formations dissolved not long after this and transmogrified into punk rock bands.

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  • By: WorldbyStorm Mon, 08 Oct 2018 17:07:43

    I hadn’t thought about it that way but you’re absolutely right.

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