The Wind That Shakes The Barley – Irish Republican And Free State Political Debate

This clip from the fantastic Ken Loach movie, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, highlights the debates and arguments that took place towards the end of the Tan War in Ireland in 1921.

Although it may seem that the topics have been stylized, it should be accepted that such heated arguments did in fact occur. Such were the divisions that existed at the time among the Irish forces, that a civil War was fought between the Republicans who refused to bow to British colonial pressure, and the Free Staters who capitulated and joined with the British forces to slaughter their former comrades.

It will be seen today that Free Stateism was wrong in its approach. Free Stateism was, and is, an ideology based on treachery and selfishness. Agreeing to the partition of Ireland was the single greatest act of treachery committed by one group of Irish people upon another group of Irish people.

The Free Staters of then, bestowed a legacy of oppression, Apartheid, persecution, death and destruction upon the Nationalist people of the Occupied Six Counties. The repercussions of that betrayal by Free Staters are still being felt across the Occupied Territories today.

Please note the position of the Catholic Church, as accurately shown in this clip. The Church was never a friend of the regular Irish people, and always sided with the colonial authorities when allowed to do so. What has really changed?

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5 Responses

  1. Alex

    You actually make it appear so easy with your presentation but I in finding this matter to be actually something that I believe I’d never understand. It sort of feels too complicated and extremely wide for me. I am having a look forward on your next put up, I will attempt to get the dangle of it!

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  2. Seán McGouran

    The Treaty / Anti-Treaty debates were excellent – and both sides were given genuinely strong arguments.
    But the total absense of the North – from the debates, and from the movie was very noticeable.

    And barely commented-on.

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