"If you remove the English army tomorrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle, unless you set about the organization of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain. England would still rule you. She would rule you through her capitalists, through her landlords, through her financiers, through the whole array of commercial and individualist institutions she has planted in this country and watered with the tears of our mothers and the blood of our martyrs."
Shan Van Vocht (socialist newspaper) January, 1897.
Reprinted in P. Beresford Ellis (ed.), "James Connolly - Selected Writings", p. 124.