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US: Deeply damaged, the two parties limp towards the finish line

The country is “slouching towards the mutual assured destruction of our political system.” – William S. Cohen, former secretary of defence under Bill Clinton In this election between the two least popular presidential candidates in modern history, whoever wins tomorrow will enter office facing unprecedented levels of popular hostility. Hillary still holds a narrow lead in most polls. But, with ...

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Sean Fitzpatrick trial: Jury selection of a different kind

By Councillor Matt Waine On 3 October, the various defendants in the Jobstown trial, accused of falsely imprisoning then Tainaiste and Labour leader, Joan Burton, were assembling outside the Central Criminal Courts when who skips by, only Seanie Fitzpatrick on his way to plead not guilty to the charges of 21 counts of giving false or misleading information. Of course ...

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Invest in free education: No loan schemes, no fees!

By Megan Oglesby Since 2008, the Irish third level education system has been greatly suffering, with cuts to university funding approximating to a cumulative €600 million over the years of recession and austerity. As a result of this, students were forced to foot the bill with the average annual registration fees growing to €3000 per annum, and student grants offering ...

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The failed “American dream”- Support rising for socialism in The US

The following article is from the Summer issue of Socialist Alternative, the magazine of the Socialist Party.  Decades of neo-liberalism, years of costly foreign wars and a financial bust have created unprecedented levels of social inequality in the world’s dominant capitalist nation. Katia Hancke looks at how these conditions are giving rise to new popular movements and a growing interest ...

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#Corbynwins and building a socialist alternative

In the wake of Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election to the Labour leadership, socalistparty.ie spoke to Sarah Sachs-Eldridge (National Organiser of the Socialist Party in England & Wales) about the lessons of the last year and how the fight for an anti-austerity alternative can be taken forward.  Despite massive attacks, Corbyn has been re-elected leader with an increased majority. Why has this ...

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#Corbynwins: What next after failed Blairite coup?

Editorial from the October edition of Socialism Today, the monthly magazine of the Socialist Party in England and Wales, on Jeremy Corbyn’s victory against the failed coup mounted by the right wing of the British Labour Party.  Three months ago 172 MPs – three quarters of the Parliamentary Labour Party – launched a coup against Jeremy Corbyn. They have been ...

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Review: The Life and Death of Leon Trotsky

Trotsky was one of the 20th century’s key figures: co-leader of the Russian revolution and tireless fighter against Stalin’s counter-revolution. Assassinated in 1940, he defended the ideas of democratic socialism to the end – against both capitalist exploitation and Stalinist dictatorship. The timely republication of an important biography is a chance for a new generation to discover what Trotsky stood ...

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Extortionate rents fuel housing crisis

By Clodagh Troelstra Heffernan Figures in the latest Daft.ie report have shown that the ever increasing rent prices set by profit-driven landlords has seen a 39% increase in rents since 2011. According to the report, the average price of rent nationwide is €1,037. Rents in Dublin in particular have reached extortionate levels, with prices now at an average of 5.2% ...

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