"Without the power of the Industrial Union behind it, Democracy can only enter the State as the victim enters the gullet of the Serpent" - James Connolly
It's the ninetieth anniversary of the Limerick Soviet next week. If you don't know about it, you should. For ten days, a mass co-ordinated strike saw the Limerick Trades and Labour Council effectively seize control of the city in protest at martial law.
It was one of the few victories of ideas over guns in the tumultuous days of Ireland's revolution.
Big feature on it in this week's Leader 2 section, and some very interesting commemoration events planned for the weekend and next week. Check out http://www.limericksoviet90.com/.
Edit - self promoting link to said feature here