Ideology: The Dream Structured
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N o Republican has trouble with the basic principle that there is an Irish nation, that its appropriate arena is the whole island, that this arena has been denied and divided by British interests. This is almost reality. The conclusions drawn from the basics are, however, unacceptable to those of the other tradition who accept the island as Irish, even mostly accept themselves as Irish but to do not take as axiomatic that there should then be a single state, a Republic. This would mean that their tradition, as valid as the nation, would be subsumed. The Irish nationalists, however, believe that this is not the case and that no tradition has the right to draw a bound to the march of the nation. There is no doubt that the Irish people who would be nationalists recognize that the Protestants have had the power and the support of London to impose their desires on history. This does not make Ulster British but the Irish Protestants misguided, unable to accept the benign aspirations of the other Irish who - certainly in recent years - have no wish to impose unity or sacrifice for a united Ireland or allow others to do so in the name of all. There are then three basic structures erected on nationalist ideas: that of the purists within the Republican movement, that of the Irish state, and those who would deny the assumptions of both.