Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Easter Witness

From Broken Dream to a New Vision for Ireland

Michael D. Greaney

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There are many excellent and in-depth books about the Easter Rising that began on Monday, April 24, 1916 and ended less than a week later, to all appearances a blood-drenched fiasco.  Easter Witness, however, takes the story further, giving the political and economic context of the Rising and, more important, presenting a unifying and empowering new vision for the future of Ireland and the world

Relying heavily on contemporary newspaper reports, Statements By Witnesses collected in the 1940s and 1950s by the Irish Bureau of Military History (Buro Staire Mileata) 1913-21, diaries, personal correspondence, and first hand accounts of events leading up to the Rising, Easter Witness gives the reader a unique perspective for understanding a transforming world event.

The book begins with a concise overview of the Easter Rising and its aftermath.  It then presents the often confused and confusing, century-long series of events that led to the decision by a small band of Nationalists to sacrifice themselves to bring an end to British rule of Ireland and reassert the sovereignty of every individual in a free and independent Irish Republic.

What makes Easter Witness unique and relevant for today, however, is that it concludes by presenting the outline of a proposal that has the potential to make Ireland a global model for systemic reform offering a more just and humane future for all — a program of expanded capital ownership that would secure to every child, woman, and man the fundamental rights of life, liberty, and private property.  This, in the words of R. Buckminster Fuller, would “make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.”
    In this centenary year of the Easter Rising, Ireland has the opportunity to establish and maintain a more free and just market system for the benefit of everyone in Ireland, and make Ireland a global model for the 21st Century for people throughout the world who desire economic and social as well as political freedom.