Andrew Flood

Biography :

BMD: So you’ve written quite a bit about anarchism, about politics and history in Ireland. In this context of struggles learning from each other across borders and finding that unity too, I want to step back in history, and wanted to ask if you could expand a little bit about who James Connolly was. For anyone who does not know, Connolly lived in exile in Troy, New York for a while. But, tell us about him and the movement he came out of. And tell us if there is anything important that came out of those struggles for those of us to learn today.

AF: So in the context of the Irish left, James Connolly is kind of everybody’s founding father figure. Everybody sort of claims to come from him. It’s a very interesting story. He was born in Scotland, had served in the British army and then arrived in Dublin as a union organizer. And with Jim Larkin he built a very successful General Workers Union that was very strongly based on direct action.

They fought a massive battle here in Dublin in 1913 when the bosses tried to break that union by locking everybody out. There was a nine month struggle of resistance to that. In the course of that struggle they formed something called the Irish Citizens Army which some people call the first workers militia in Europe. It was basically formed to defend picket lines against police attacks. And that went on to take part then in the 1916 insurrection in Dublin. He was executed after that so there is this whole history of the war of independence where there’s lots of general strikes. There were seventeen general strikes in the course of two years. There were train strikes that happened which meant that British troops couldn’t be transported around. So there is a whole hidden side for that kind of struggle for Irish independence which had very much to do with the left after Connely and the influence of what was a syndicalist union that he built in terms of its ability to then run these massive labor struggles against the ongoing British military presence at the time.

As I said, he’s interesting in that almost every political party claims some sort of connection to him. Some of that is a little more dubious than others. But for anarchists I think the key thing is the kind of syndicalist politics. The idea of workers self organizing and direct action was the way to win struggles. That’s probably what is key. Certainly, some of that was coming from his experience in the States and working with the IWW there.

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Works :

Author of A Practical Guide to Anarchist Organisation (December 31, 1969)

Author of Bakunin's Idea of Revolution & Revolutionary Organisation (December 31, 1969)

Author of Bernadette: One Women's Journey from Mass Protest to Hunger Strikes to the Peace Process (December 31, 1969)

Author of Can You have an Anarchist Army? (December 31, 1969)

Author of Defending the Bolsheviks or Defending the Truth? (December 31, 1969)

Author of Do You Want Geoengineering with Your Climate Change? (December 31, 1969)

Author of Dreaming of a Reality where the Past & Future Meet the Present (December 31, 1969)

Author of First Nations in Canada: When Property Law Does Not Apply (December 31, 1969)

Author of Four October Myths (December 31, 1969)

Author of Haiti: A History of Intervention, Occupation and Resistance (December 31, 1969)

Author of Is Primitivism Realistic? An Anarchist Reply to John Zerzan and others (December 31, 1969)

Author of It was Always Time to go (December 31, 1969)

Author of The Left & Social Center ‘counter Culture’ (December 31, 1969)

Author of The Left: Ashes to Phoenix (December 31, 1969)

Author of Organisational Platform of the Libertarian Communists (December 31, 1969)

Author of The Politics and Reality of the Peak Oil Scare (December 31, 1969)

Author of Primitivism, Anarcho-primitivism and Anti-civilisationism: Criticism (December 31, 1969)

Author of Review: The Militias in the Spanish Revolution (December 31, 1969)

Author of The German Revolution (December 31, 1969)

Author of The Russian Revolution (December 31, 1969)

Author of The Zapatistas, Anarchism and 'Direct Democracy' (December 31, 1969)

Author of Towards an Anarchist History of the Chinese Revolution (December 31, 1969)

Author of Two Weeks that Shook Spain (December 31, 1969)

Author of Understanding the Zapatistas (December 31, 1969)

Author of Victor Serge & the Bolsheviks (December 31, 1969)

Author of What is it that is different About the Zapatistas? (December 31, 1969)

Author of Yes to Peace and to an Ireland that is Neither Orange nor Green (December 31, 1969)

Author of The Zapatista Contribution to the New Opposition (December 31, 1969)

Author of 10 Point Guide for Post Brexit Resistance as Racist right Wins EU Referendum (December 31, 1969)

Author of 1916 — Connolly, Blood Sacrifice and Defeating British Imperialism (December 31, 1969)

Author of The 1916 Insurrection in Ireland and Class Struggle in the War of Independence (December 31, 1969)

Author of 20 Years on X Case to Finally be Legislated (December 31, 1969)

Author of 24th November Public Sector Strike in Ireland (December 31, 1969)

Author of Absolute Boy — The Youth Revolt that Led Corbyn to a Victory of Sorts (December 31, 1969)

Author of After Nice Attack — ISIS and Pegida Want a Clash of Civilisations — Lets Resist their Project (December 31, 1969)

Author of After the Election of Syriza in Greece — Power is Not in Parliament (December 31, 1969)

Author of Amnesty International is Holding its International Council Meeting in Dublin (December 31, 1969)

Author of An Anarchist Critique of Horizontalism (December 31, 1969)

Author of Anarchist in Ireland on Todays Marriage Equality Referendum (December 31, 1969)

Author of Anti-choice Extremists Defeated in Ireland but New Abortion Legislation is Worthless (December 31, 1969)

Author of As ECB Tells Greeks they Voted Wrong — will Syriza Pull the Temple Down? (December 31, 1969)

Author of As Gaddafi Falls — Lessons from Libya (December 31, 1969)

Author of Basic Income & Billionaire Preppers (December 31, 1969)

Author of Blood Sacrifice, the Left and the 1916 Insurrection in Ireland (December 31, 1969)

Author of Bloody Sunday in Derry — Origins & Consequences of a Massacre (December 31, 1969)

Author of British Queen’s Dublin Castle Banquet Protested by a Few Hundred as Garda Harass Activists (December 31, 1969)

Author of Budget 2013 & The Dark Times to Come (December 31, 1969)

Author of Capitalist Crisis and Union Resistance in Ireland (December 31, 1969)

Author of Civilisation, Primitivism and Anarchism (December 31, 1969)

Author of Croke Park Proposal Shows why we have to take Our Unions Back & Organise to Win (December 31, 1969)

Author of Decades of Organising Wins New Abortion Referendum in Ireland (December 31, 1969)

Author of Delegation Returns from International Anarchist Gathering at St Imier (December 31, 1969)

Author of Direct Action Against the War in Ireland (December 31, 1969)

Author of Dublin Demonstrates Against ACTA & SOPA but it is About More than Just Downloading (December 31, 1969)

Author of Dublin Protests in Solidarity with the Belfast Mother Charged with Supplying the Abortion Pill to her Daugher (December 31, 1969)

Author of Dublin: The Eviction of the Occupy Dame Street Camp (December 31, 1969)

Author of The Euro: The Root of all Evil? (December 31, 1969)

Author of The Experience of the Social Solidarity Network (December 31, 1969)

Author of French Strike Wave of December 1995 (December 31, 1969)

Author of Grassroots Gathering (December 31, 1969)

Author of Hundreds of Garda Deployed to Protect Shell’s Machine from the People of Ireland (December 31, 1969)

Author of If Voting could Change Anything... it would be Illegal (December 31, 1969)

Author of In Ireland Jobstown Not Guilty Verdict Points to a Garda Conspiracy (December 31, 1969)

Author of In Ireland Majority Refuse to Choose Flavour of Austerity in Referendum — (December 31, 1969)

Author of The Insurrection of Easter 1916 (December 31, 1969)

Author of Interview: Impressions of the North American Anarchist Movement (December 31, 1969)

Author of Interview: NYC Anarchist at the G8 in Japan (December 31, 1969)

Author of The Iraq Elections (December 31, 1969)

Author of Ireland — Analysis of the 4 Year Austerity IMF/ECB Plan & A Call for Resistance (December 31, 1969)

Author of Ireland — Court Report from the Struggle Against Shell (December 31, 1969)

Author of Ireland — Government Attacks Workers through Hiring Freeze in Public Sector (December 31, 1969)

Author of Ireland — Migrant X Refused an Abortion and Forced to have a C-section (December 31, 1969)

Author of Ireland — Nationalism, Socialism and Partition (December 31, 1969)

Author of Ireland: Prosecutions of Shell to Sea Campaigners Collapse (December 31, 1969)

Author of Ireland: Who is Afraid of the IMF — their Opportunity and Ours (December 31, 1969)

Author of An Irish Anarchist Analysis of the IRA Statement to Dump Arms (December 31, 1969)

Author of Irish Government are trying to Stop Apple Giving Ireland 19 Billion in Owed Taxes — How’s that for ‘looking After Our Own? (December 31, 1969)

Author of Irish Parliament Blockaded by 100s After 3rd Refusal in 6 Months to Legislate for X-case (December 31, 1969)

Author of Irish Police — “Give me Your name and Address or I’ll Rape You” (December 31, 1969)

Author of Irish Police Investigation of Police Rape Threat Turns into Coverup (December 31, 1969)

Author of Is the Irish ‘austerity Referendum’ where the Real Battleground Is? (December 31, 1969)

Author of James Connolly — A Life and a Legacy (December 31, 1969)

Author of The Left (December 31, 1969)

Author of London Burns — Causes & Consequences of the Riots (December 31, 1969)

Author of Making Anarchist Organisations Work — Dunbar’s Number, Administration and Care (December 31, 1969)

Author of Making Sense of the Brexit Tide of Reaction and the Reality of the Racist Vote (December 31, 1969)

Author of Marching on the Richest 1% in Dublin (December 31, 1969)

Author of Mass Murder in Ankara — the Finger Points at the Turkish State (December 31, 1969)

Author of Mayday — its Anarchist Origins and Meaning Today (December 31, 1969)

Author of Meet the New Boss: Greek Police Baton & Tear Gas Migrant Demonstration (December 31, 1969)

Author of The Mexican Zapatistas and Direct Democracy (December 31, 1969)

Author of Modern Revolutions (December 31, 1969)

Author of National Strike in Ireland Called off (December 31, 1969)

Author of The Nostalgic Left (December 31, 1969)

Author of Occupy Movement, the Zapatista’s and the General Assemblies (December 31, 1969)

Author of Occupy — the Assembly Process is the Revolution (December 31, 1969)

Author of Occupy ‘x’ Arrives in Ireland with Occupy Dame Street (December 31, 1969)

Author of One Year on (December 31, 1969)

Author of The Orange Order & Sectarianism in Ireland (December 31, 1969)

Author of Organising Against Capitalism (December 31, 1969)

Author of Poor Turnout in Ireland for Vigil for ‘Life’ despite Massive Spending (December 31, 1969)

Author of Protests at Shell HQ Against Jailing of Fisherman Pat O’Donnell (December 31, 1969)

Author of Rally 4 Choice Successfully Sees off Annual Anti-choice Parade in Ireland (December 31, 1969)

Author of Reflections on the 24th of November (December 31, 1969)

Author of Remembering the Anarchist Resistance to Fascism (December 31, 1969)

Author of Report on WSM (Ireland) National Conference — Autumn 2013 (December 31, 1969)

Author of The Republican Tradition — a Place to Build From? (December 31, 1969)

Author of Rescuing Lucy Parsons for the Anarchist Movement (December 31, 1969)

Author of Resistance Pays off in Greece as Bond Holders Burnt (December 31, 1969)

Author of The Return of the “white Man’s Civilising Mission” (December 31, 1969)

Author of Review: Empire (December 31, 1969)

Author of Review: I Couldn’t Paint Golden Angels by Albert Meltzer (December 31, 1969)

Author of Review: Terrorising the Neighbourhood (December 31, 1969)

Author of Review: The Wind that Shakes the Barley’ (December 31, 1969)

Author of Review: Unfinished Business — The Politics of Class War (December 31, 1969)

Author of The Revolutionary Message of the ‘Friends of Durruti’ (December 31, 1969)

Author of Revolutionary Organization in the Age of Networked Individualism (December 31, 1969)

Author of The Rising of the Moon (December 31, 1969)

Author of Rojava — Revolution Between a Rock and a Hard Place (December 31, 1969)

Author of Routes to Freedom — the Platform, its Shortcoming and the WSM Practise — does it Remain Relevant? (December 31, 1969)

Author of Running Battles Break out in Cairo — Mob Attacks Democracy Protest while Army Watches (December 31, 1969)

Author of Rural Community in Ireland Stop Shell Drilling (December 31, 1969)

Author of The Shadow over Erris: Shell, IRMS and Bolivia (December 31, 1969)

Author of Shell Retreats as Solidarity with Pat O’Donnell Continues (December 31, 1969)

Author of Shifu and the Possibilities for Chinese Anarchism (December 31, 1969)

Author of Smash the State! (December 31, 1969)

Author of Struggle Against Shell in Ireland Continues as Public Hearing gets Underway (December 31, 1969)

Author of Successful Secondary Pickets Bring Public Transport to a Halt in Ireland (December 31, 1969)

Author of Summit Protests and Networks (December 31, 1969)

Author of Tear Gas & Twitter in Taksim (December 31, 1969)

Author of The Trouble with Islam (December 31, 1969)

Author of Thinking About Anarchism: Organisation (December 31, 1969)

Author of Thousands of Students Demonstrate in Dublin Against Education Cuts but USI Attack their Own Members (December 31, 1969)

Author of Thousands take Part in Pro-choice #Strike4Repeal in Ireland (December 31, 1969)

Author of Trump and the Myth of the Progressive but Misled ‘white Working Class’ Voters (December 31, 1969)

Author of Turnips, Hammers & The Square — why Workplace Occupations have Faded (December 31, 1969)

Author of Voting NO to Croke Park — what happens Next? (December 31, 1969)

Author of Vulture Capitalist Games Lose 460 Jobs at Clerys Store in Dublin (December 31, 1969)

Author of Wave of Arrests in Ireland as State tries to Break Water Charges Movement (December 31, 1969)

Author of A Weekend in Erris (Ireland) at the National Shell to Sea Meeting (December 31, 1969)

Author of A Week of Setbacks for Shell in Ireland (December 31, 1969)

Author of Were Irish Union Leaders behind the Public Sector Pay Cut? (December 31, 1969)

Author of Whatever Happened to the AWG (December 31, 1969)

Author of What’s Wrong with the European Union? (December 31, 1969)

Author of Where did the Anti-capitalist Movement Come From? (December 31, 1969)

Author of Why did the Union Leadership Cancel the Dec 3 National Strike in Ireland? (December 31, 1969)

Author of Why Elections Fail to Bring About Real Change (December 31, 1969)

Author of Workers Solidarity Movement (December 31, 1969)

Author of A World To Change In 2016 (December 31, 1969)

Author of The WSM & Fighting the Last War (December 31, 1969)

Author of Yugoslavia: Whose Bloody War? (December 31, 1969)

Author of Zapatistas – 11 Years On, a Retreat and a Consolidation (December 31, 1969)

Author of The Zapatistas: A New Strategy in Mexico (December 31, 1969)

Author of Zapatistas: An Inspirational Decade On (December 31, 1969)

Chronology :

January 23, 2021 : Andrew Flood's Added.
February 21, 2022 : Andrew Flood's Updated.

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