Republican activist, Terrier, writing under a pseudonym because of constant PSNI harassment, responds to a recent piece on republicanism by Sean Matthews.
The title is definitely misleading: "Saoradh and the politics of Unfinished Revolution" - yet not one reference to either Saoradh's publicly available constitution or a plethora of statements and press releases issued since their inception. Nor indeed any mention of any activists involved in Saoradh, which may have even shed at least a little light on past and current activism of those involved.
Instead it is a critique of Republicanism post-GFA, with a fleeting glance at two organisations that have existed prior to that. One of which publicly opposed it, yet decommissioned under the GFA framework and another that is sadly fractured and beyond resuscitation.
Just had a quick look at it there, but won't waste time with the usual where are the anarchists and what are they doing? to make themselves and/or activists relevant? in the true sense of the word. Criticisms that are thrown at Sean and other Irish anarchists quite a lot.
But one thing that should be apparent from Saoradh's constitution, and reflected in their activism to date, is the bottom up approach to policy, strategy and actions. One small revolutionary way this is reflected is in minority reports from those on the losing side of ard fheis motions (unique in Ireland to the best of my knowledge), the internal transparency and the collective leadership model. All of which, though not exclusive examples, see a conscious attempt to avoid repeating the failed mistakes of past organisations. And not just the "Provies" of old that Sean mentions.
Like any political project, Saoradh will be judged by actions and ideology collectively - not the mistakes, failures (or successes) of others post-GFA. Anyone rushing to make judgement of Saoradh in their infancy would be incredibly harsh, but also politically naïve.
Not a bad critique/article in terms of how it is written and presented, even if I don't agree with all the content. But the title is misleading for sure, and may be a good way of guaranteeing clicks. Whether that was a conscious decision or not I'll let Sean keep to himself.