James Connolly


The South African War


Workers’ Republic, 18 November, 1899.
Transcription & HTML Mark-up: Einde O’Callaghan for the Marxists’ Internet Archive.

... And what about the war? Well, I think it is the beginning of the end. This great, blustering British Empire; this Empire of truculent bullies, is rushing headlong to its doom. Whether they ultimately win or lose, the Boers have pricked the bubble of England’s fighting reputation. The world knows her weakness now. Have at her, then everywhere and always and in every manner. And before the first decade of the coming century will close, you and I, if we survive, will be able to repeat to our children the tale of how this monstrous tyranny sank in dishonour and disaster.


Last updated on 11.8.2003