NO….this diary is not about the celebration….
And it’s not bout those stereo types that are often pictured even now of leprechauns or 4 leaf clovers on people or Irishmen smoking funky pipes [often upside down] or the beat cops in Boston or NYC. It’s about the real history of why this day should be special. Not just for the Irish but all of those used and abused and slaughtered in the name of capitalism that history or rather Bourgeoisie capitalist history sweeps under the carpet or justifies.
The real story of the Irish is how 400,000 Irish peasants starved even as millions of pounds sterling worth of food was produced and exported.
Thomas Gallagher points out in Paddy’s Lament, that during the first winter of famine, 1846-47, as perhaps 400,000 Irish peasants starved, landlords exported 17 million pounds sterling worth of grain, cattle, pigs, flour, eggs, and poultry—food…
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