Theory & History

Abortion rights, fighting for liberation and socialism

By Katia Hancke The debate on abortion rights has moved on dramatically over the last five years. Just look at the discussions taking place even in as conservative an environment as the Oireachtas Committee on the 8th Amendment, dominated as it is by the anti-choice and right wing parties of the capitalist establishment. Witness after expert witness has outlined to ...

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The Living Legacy of the October Revolution

On the centenary of the October Revolution Eddie McCabe looks at the key events and conditions that brought about the world’s first socialist revolution and also explores the decisive leadership given by Lenin, Trotsky and the Bolshevik party. 

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Marx’s Capital at 150: an unequalled analysis & critique of capitalism

By Robin Clapp, from The Socialist, paper of the Socialist Party in England and Wales The Daily Mail reacted with predictable hysteria when, in May 2017, John McDonnell stated: “You can’t understand the capitalist system without reading Marx’s Das Kapital.” When asked to immediately condemn his shadow chancellor, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn refused to do so and correctly added that Marx was ...

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“Finland Station” and the struggle for socialism today

At the end of June, in the midst of a growing discussion about socialism in the United States, Bhaskar Sunkara ,editor of the US socialist magazine Jacobin, published an important op-ed in the New York Times entitled “Socialism’s Future May Be Its Past.” Below is a reply from Alan Jones, a member of the National Executive Committee of Socialist Alternative, ...

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“Corbynomics” & the need to challenge capitalism

By Kevin McLoughlin If the leaking of Jeremy Corbyn’s manifesto mid-way through the long election campaign was designed to damage him, it had the opposite effect. The manifesto became one of the vital factors in creating one of the most dramatic turnarounds in recent history. For some commentators and the Blairites in his own party it seemed an impossibility that ...

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#TravellerLivesMatter: The fight against racism & injustice

Travellers on this island face daily discrimination and racism by the Northern and Southern states and within society at large. Oisín Kelly looks at the growing demand for equality from a community that suffers enormously from poverty and bigotry and the effects that flow from this. Wednesday 1 March was an historic day for the Traveller community as their ethnic ...

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Socialists on the sex industry

Opposing pimps & traffickers Supporting sex workers’ rights & safety Socialist Party member and founding member of ROSA (for Reproductive rights, against Oppression, Sexism & Austerity), the socialist-feminist movement, Laura Fitzgerald analyses the different positions that have been taken towards the sex industry by sections of the left and groups such as Amnesty International. Neo-liberal capitalism has massively increased the ...

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Review: “Socialism on Trial”

Reviewed by James McCabe Reading the transcript of a courtroom testimony might seem like a boring prospect, but the testimony of James Cannon published as “Socialism on Trial” is a real page-turner. On the eve of the US entering World War II, Cannon, along with 28 other socialists and trade unionists were charged with plotting to overthrow the US government. ...

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Russia 1917: When women workers sparked a revolution

By Fiona O’Loughlin “On the morning of 23 February, one could hear women’s voices in the lane which the windows of our department overlooked: ‘Down with the war! Down with the high prices! Down with hunger! Bread for the workers!’ Myself and several comrades were at the windows in a flash…The gates of No.1 Bol’shaya Sampsion’evskaya manufactura were wide open… ...

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