By Tim Heffernan Somewhere along the line, we’ve all heard these arguments in favour of capitalism: progress is based on competition, risk taking and innovation – capitalism encourages risk takers and rewards them;we might need state ‘enterprise’ for essential infrastructure like water and electricity but, in the area of new technology, the dynamism of the private sector will always outperform the bureaucratic, ...Read More »
Theory & History
In this second of a two-part series on the hist...
“So Karl Marx, it seems, was partly right in ar...
By Manus Lenihan “I want to denounce the subversiv...
Conspiracy theories have had something of a res...
By Christine Thomas (originally published in Socia...
By Christine Thomas (originally published in Socialism Today, magazine of the Socialist Party in England and Wales) Eleanor Marx played a pivotal role in the mass strikes in the East End of London in the 19th century and campaigned for a mass workers’ party. She was to the forefront of the struggle for women’s rights and for international solidarity. CHRISTINE ...Read More »
By Cian Prendiville Probably Connolly’s most famous pamphlet, this short collection of articles is one that should be read by every activist and opponent of oppression. Dealing with topics such as the need for strong, fighting trade unions, a political voice for workers and real democracy – many passages could have been written yesterday. It also answers many of the ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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, ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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.Read More »
The establishment fear of the anti-water charges protests was summed up by the Dailly Mail in a front page containing a picture of Ruth Coppinger TD and myself with the headline: “‘Democrats’ who believe in mob rule.”Read More »
In the past number of weeks the Socialist Party has come under ferocious attack from the media and capitalist establishment generally in the context of the growing revolt against water charges. This attack has involved distorting our ideas and lying about our history.Read More »
In 1994, the IRA and Loyalist paramilitaries called ceasefires. Four years later the Good Friday agreement was declared to mark the end of the ‘Troubles'.Read More »