RIPENING OF TIME, ISSUE THREE, 1976: THE STATE OF IRELAND, PT.1

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Of the Cosgrave administration [1923-1932], D.R. O’Connor Lysaght has written: “Irish credit remained dependent on British. Irish credit had to be backed by British credit. Irish currency remained a prettier form of British currency. Irish exporters supplied the British market.” This comprador bourgeois fraction, made up of ranchers, employers, and administrators operated a specific form of state intervention, economically, politically, ideologically, culturally and militarily with different fractions representing the pro-British and pro-U.S. interests.’ (p.57)

I’m slowly getting back to the Ripening of Time Collective and their Marxist readings of Irish history and society.

The main articles are:

Issue 1 (1976) – Introductory Notes on Dominated Ireland
Issue 2 (1976) – Agriculture and fishing: Two Forgotten Faces of Capitalism in Ireland
Issue 3 (1976) – The State of Ireland pt.1
Issue 4 (1976) – The State of Ireland pt.2
Issue 5 (1976) – The Development of Capitalism in Ireland; Revolt in the North; The Failure of Republicanism; The Economics of Independence
Issue 6 (1977) – Reflections on Agriculture pt.1
Issue 7 (1977) – Reflections on Agriculture pt.2; The Bourgeois Class in Ireland
Issue 9 (1977/78) – Reflections on Agriculture pt.3
Issue 10 (1978) – The Bourgeois Class in Ireland – 18th Century
Issue 11 (1978/79) – Changing Patterns of Domination Since World War II; Irish Republicanism, Socialism and Imperialism
Issue 13 (1980) – Working Class Absenteeism; The Crisis in the 1970s
Issue 14 (1982) – In to the Republic (special edition written by Derry Kelleher)

The first two scans are linked here:

1) Introductory Notes on Dominated Ireland (1976)

2) Agriculture and fishing: Two Forgotten Faces of Capitalism in Ireland (1976).

The crucial point made by the Ripening of Time in the article below is that the nature and form of capitalist development in Ireland had little in common with the type of capitalist development in advanced imperialist countries.

While, for example, the British industry absorbed the greatest number of the dispossessed in a relatively short time during the period of the enclosures in Britain, Irish industry was incapable of repeating the same process. It is obvious that this is not the place to go into detail why this was, but it is necessary to point out how the development of capitalism in dominated formations differs in a very important sense from the development of the CMP in dominant formations. What was happening in Ireland in the 1880s and 90s was not a ‘replica’ of what had happened in Britain a century earlier. The political, economic and ideological consequences of this ‘difference’ are still being felt today. We cannot but underline this point, because our position on this question differs to a very great extent from ‘orthodox’ revisionist positions – we will have ample opportunity to return to this in later issues.’ (p.47)

The ideas are more fully developed in the later articles, but one of the key points – that the development of Capitalism in England does not provide a template for the development of Capitalism in Ireland – is flagged here.