Planning for sustainable economy in Ireland …

The first point about economic planning in Ireland is that it should be done in the service of the Irish people.  It will not shock very many if we suggest that this is not currently the case; our economy is geared completely in the service of foreign finance monopolies and large scale industry, the multinational … Continue reading “Planning for sustainable economy in Ireland …”

What do you think – is this the way forward?

  The economic and political crisis seems to deepen on a daily basis now, there is no shortage of fresh scandal or insult upon insult to the people. Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned, in Ireland our ‘rulers’ are on the fiddle too.  Why do we sit on the ditch while the hurling is … Continue reading “What do you think – is this the way forward?”

What are the most revolutionary ideas today?

  A reader on our Facebook page has contributed a posting which from start to end states: “IRA”. Others in the ‘left wing’ have commented to us in a similar way; about the need for revolution. We offer the following comment which might be of some interest.     Who are the revolutionaries? Traditionally they are … Continue reading “What are the most revolutionary ideas today?”

Let us lay claim to Our Democracy!

We went to a small meeting recently to hear about an idea that will empower the people of this country – and indeed might apply in any country. There is a new (as yet unregistered) political party, Direct Democracy Ireland (DDI), which seeks members and eventually electoral support and they spoke about “giving” the people power, … Continue reading “Let us lay claim to Our Democracy!”

Dedicated to the cause of the majority…

thefuture Initiative is dedicated to the future … to new thinking, to finding answers and to problem solving. It is dedicated to the great majority, always down-trodden in our society. This site is dedicated to the families left in negative equity, those robbed or disposessed by the plunder of ‘Celtic Tigers’; to young people worried … Continue reading “Dedicated to the cause of the majority…”

Lined up to announce the great achievement

Monday gave us the spectacle of our esteemed leaders lining up in the manner of some great occasion of state – bringing out all the heads – to tell us some important news.  One would be forgiven for thinking that the revised National Development Plan (NDP) capital expenditure budget was a great achievement. More bang … Continue reading “Lined up to announce the great achievement”

Our economy is crippled – but there’s no shortage of support for finance capital.

This week An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, is in the United States to visit Wall Street and it’s leaders – he must think economic salvation lies with American investors … so they need to be looked after.  He promised them €250 million over the next 3 years if they will match that figure and locate enterprise … Continue reading “Our economy is crippled – but there’s no shortage of support for finance capital.”

The Dubliners – ‘For what died the sons of Róisín’

For what died the sons of Róisín A popular poem/song performed by Luke Kelly and the Dubliners For What Died the Sons of Róisín, was it fame? For What Died the Sons of Róisín, was it fame? For what flowed Irelands blood in rivers, That began when Brian chased the Dane, And did not cease … Continue reading “The Dubliners – ‘For what died the sons of Róisín’”

For what died the sons of Róisín?

Leader of the Easter Rising 1916 Pádraig Mac Piarais, born 10 November 1879, executed 3 May 1916. Together he and James Connolly united the patriotic movement with that of the working class, the resolution of whose interests remains inter-dependant. “The cause of labour is the cause of Ireland, the cause of Ireland is the cause … Continue reading “For what died the sons of Róisín?”

‘The Fool’, a poem by Pádraig Mac Piarais

The Fool Since the wise men have not spoken, I speak that am only a fool; A fool that hath loved his folly, Yea, more than the wise men their books or their counting houses or their quiet homes, Or their fame in men’s mouths; A fool that in all his days hath done never … Continue reading “‘The Fool’, a poem by Pádraig Mac Piarais”