Theory & History

The inspiring victory that buried Thatcher

By Sean Malone In 1987 Margret Thatcher had wielded the axe of austerity for almost a decade by drastically cutting social expenditure and privatising public services. Militant, forerunner to the Socialist Party, recognised that the poll tax was a generalised attack on working class and poor that could act like a lightning rod for united struggle against Thatcher’s-pro rich polices ...

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The Revolutionary Legacy of Malcolm X

By Eljeer Hawkins “The centerpiece of Malcolm’s political project was to internationalise the condition of Black peoples in the United States.”  Sohail Daulatzai, Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom beyond America, p.36 This February marks the fiftieth anniversary of the public assassination of Malcolm X. In the shadow of the nationwide revolt against endemic police violence, ...

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Socialism: the great anti-theft movement

By Cillian Gillespie In 1910, James Connolly wrote his celebrated pamphlet Socialism Made Easy. As well as playing a leading role in assisting working class people to organise for their basic rights, both he and Jim Larkin sought to popularise the ideas of socialism as an alternative to the rule of the bosses. The pamphlet sought to answer the criticisms ...

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Why capitalism must go

Last month something truly spectacular happened, writes Cillian Gillespie. More than ten years after it was launched by the European Space Agency, the Philae lander accompanied by the Rosetta spacecraft landed on a comet 310 million miles from Earth and subsequently sent back numerous images of its surface.

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Berlin Wall – 25 years since November 9

While, for millions, the 1989 opening of the Berlin Wall was rightly celebrated as a great victory for democratic rights, the official celebrations to mark its 25th anniversary have been dominated by anti-socialist propaganda.

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Fighting oppression – a Marxist viewpoint

Marxism is a philosophy and world view that seeks to materially analyse reality. Although it was not possible for Marx and Engels themselves to adequately address all questions of oppression, as well as other issues in their writings, they did specifically address women's oppression, racism linked to slavery and imperialism, and also the oppression of national groups, such as the Irish.

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