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Why the Fianna Fail Party wants to avoid bank nationalisation.

category national | anti-capitalism | opinion/analysis author Sunday August 16, 2009 15:51author by Paddy Hackett - Noneauthor email patrickhackett at hotmail dot comauthor address Ireland Report this post to the editors

Why the Irish government want to avoid bank nationalisations.

Capitalism is afraid to let the depression go its full course to thereby cleanse the system because of the potential threat from the working class. Indeed capitalism has become so contradictory that even a very deep downturn may not save it from deep stagnation. The cyclical downturn is now no longer sufficient as it would have been in the 19th century. Now we need cyclical world wars.

Many economic commentators call for the nationalisation of Irish banks. They claim that it will reduce costs to the state. It is suggested by some commentators such as SIPTU's Manus O Riordan and Brian Lucey that Fianna Fail's policy concerning the refusal to nationalise is ideologically driven. This cannot be true especially given its history of past nationalisations and its generally populist character. They miss a sigificant political point. It is the Fianna Fail party's intention to maximise protection to the developers and their allies, the Irish banks. This Fianna Fail hopes to achieve by buying toxic assets at a higher price than is necessary. In this way revenue will have been transferred from one section of the capitalist to another --to the bankers and developers. The acute nature of the Irish Republic's economic crisis is exposing the degree to which the existence of the Fianna Fail party depended on the financial support of Irish property developers. Fianna Fail cannot turn on the developers. To do so would be to turn on itself. This, in a sense, is the basis for the Irish property bubble and the Fianna Fail government's procrastination wirth regard to its collapse.

It must be also remembered that not all Irish developers are going to ultimately suffer from the property market collapse. Many of the weaker property developers will be squeezed out to the advantage of the stronger capitalist developers. In this way they can increase their profits. Indeed the present depression is all about the need to squeeze weaker capitalists out of the system to the advantage of bigger ones. If there is not a social revolution then there will be a consolidation of finance capital at the expense of weaker capitalists and the working class.

If there is not a global revolution the working class are in for a hard time. This is why I have written that things, in the wake of the current depression, are never going to be the same again. The working class, to defend its class interests, must strengthen itself organisationally and politically against the consolidation of capitalism. The worker is going to be made pay for the billions that Washington, London, Paris etc., have recently injected into the financial sector to help slow down and arrest the downturn. But this massive unprecedented injection of funds into the system is merely going to create a new "bubble" that leads to a new collapse. Capitalism is afraid to let the depression go its full course to thereby cleanse the system because of the potential threat from the working class. Indeed capitalism has become so contradictory that even a very deep downturn may not save it from deep stagnation. The cyclical downturn is now no longer sufficient as it would have been in the 19th century. Now we need cyclical world wars.

Paddy Hackett

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author by sam simpson - SFpublication date Sun Aug 16, 2009 23:55author email samsimpson at utvinternet dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

The truth of the matter is that unless Ireland in particular gets radical if not revolutionary political change very soon, a descent into serious and sustained social unrest with the inevitable 'security' crackdown is on the way. The signs are ominous. Unfortunately the lack of either resources or cohesion amongst the Left are making a viable alternative appear very far off, and a successful Revolution no more than a pipedream. The re-democratisation of Democracy will inevitably require compromises. It is time for the Left to unite - my enemy's enemy is my friend...

author by Fred Johnstonpublication date Tue Aug 18, 2009 20:05author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Fianna Fil want to keep the banks alive because the banks propped up developers who in turn, almost by tradition, propped up Fianna Fil. The real danger is that a rogue banker, finding himself in the courts (which, naturally, shoud be the destination of such folk) will decided to spill rotting beans about how deep the bank.developer/Fianna Fil connections run.

 
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