Tag Archives: capitalism

The economy: Precarious, neo-liberal growth fuels inequality

By Paul Murphy TD “Irish households have ‘never been better off’” blared the Irish Independent headline on 8 January 2018, citing an IBEC economic review.  A major propaganda drive is underway to suggest that the ‘good times’ are back and that the crisis of capitalism in Ireland over the past decade was nothing more than a blip away from the ...

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Blue Planet shows impact of capitalist pollution

By Aprille Scully Plastic – a durable and inexpensive material – is an invention that has been a boost for humanity, used in everything from medical equipment to clothes. Under capitalism, however, the cheap material has allowed companies to make products more cheaply and therefore increase profits. The cost of mass producing such a durable, non-biodegradable material that is so ...

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1968- Year of revolution

By Cillian Gillespie It is fitting that 2018 opened up with the outbreak of revolts and upheavals in both Iran and Tunisia, with young people to the fore in both.  This year marks half a century since the revolutionary year that was 1968. This was a year that saw young people and workers challenge oppressive capitalist and Stalinist regimes across ...

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Where will Mary Lou McDonald lead Sinn Féin?

By Kevin McLoughlin When it looked as if there could be an immediate general election last November, any fanfare of farewell for Gerry Adams was shelved, as McDonald became the effective leader. Pearse Doherty and Michelle O’Neill ruling themselves out means there is no question of who will lead the party. While there may be a change in style under ...

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Capitalism and the mental health crisis

By Ciaran Mulholland The capitalist system is bad for your mental health. This has been known for decades but the defenders of the system either ignore the evidence, or if they are forced to admit it, they simply shrug their shoulders and claim that as there is no alternative economic system nothing can be done. Boom and slump  The problem ...

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Venezuela: the capitalist offensive – has socialism failed?

By Tony Saunois (Secretary of the Committee for a Workers International (CWI), the international socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party in Ireland is affiliated) An international campaign by capitalist politicians and media has been unleashed against president Nicolás Maduro’s Venezuelan government. It has been used by Labour’s Blairista right wing to try to weaken Jeremy Corbyn. In Spain, the ...

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Homelessness, inequality, childcare… Why capitalism isn’t delivering?

By Kevin McLoughlin SUPPLY AND demand in the “free market” is supposedly the best way to produce what we need.“Free market” are just sanitised words for capitalism – production for profit. The pursuit of profit inevitably leads to economic inequality and as of June, five men owned the same amount of wealth as half the world’s population. Over the last ...

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Venezuela: Imperialist offensive sharpens following Assembly elections

By Izquierda Revolucionaria Venezuela & Socialismo Revolucionario (sister organisations of the Socialist Party in Venezuela) On 30 July, elections were held to elect members of the “National Constituent Assembly” (ANC). In the days prior to the election, US imperialism and the MUD (the coalition which unites the right and far-right in Venezuela) backed a campaign of threats and violence to stop ...

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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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