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4. De Te Fabula Narratur?

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In reality, Marx's study of the Irish question allowed him to lay down an economic and political proposal for the liberation of Ireland that, notwithstanding the passing of time, remains the basic initial programme of any emancipatory process in dependent and colonial countries: 1) self-government and independence from England; 2) agrarian revolution; 3) protective tariffs against England. This is significant today if we consider that while the First International accepted this as its programme for a concrete 'colonial situation', it was not picked up again-or even mentioned-by either the Second International or the socialist movements in the dependent colonial countries. As a result, in the international socialist movement, the class-struggle and the national struggle-which, from the 'Irish example' onwards, appear in Marx's thought as interdependent movements, albeit distinguishable from the point of view of the social classes involved-were posed as separate and largely contradictory forces.

Keywords: Ireland; Irish example; Marx; socialist movements

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