Tag Archives: capitalism

US: White House document sparks debate about socialism

By Bryan Koulouris, Socialist Alternative (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the US) “Coincident with the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth, socialism is making a comeback in American political discourse.” This is the opening sentence of an October 23, 2018 72-page paper produced by the “Council of Economic Advisors,” over forty professional economists working for Trump White House. ...

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Opposing racism and the far right

The election of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s Presidential election is an important warning of the growth in support for the far right and right-populism across the world. His election by a 10% margin will mean the formation of the first far-right government in the country since the military junta ended in 1985. Kevin Henry looks at how the threat of ...

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November 1918: When workers revolution ended war

By Kevin Henry “The old lie: dulce et decorum est pro patria mori” – It is sweet and honourable to die for ones country. This is how Wilfred Owen summed up the attitude of a generation sent to war under the illusion that it would be a short and glorious conflict. Owen himself was one of the last killed in ...

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Project fear and Brexit: How should trade unions should respond?

By Kevin Henry The trade union movement, which claims 800,000 members north and south have a responsibility to oppose any aspect of a Brexit deal which is not in the interests of their members. For example, the Central Bank has warned of potential of 20,000 job losses in the South. In the North, various figures point toward a serious recession.  ...

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Review: Mistaken Identity – Race and Class in the Age of Trump

Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump  By Asad Haider Published by Verso Books, 2018 Reviewed by Laura Fitzgerald …. when the liberal language of rights is used to defend a concrete identity group from injury, physical or verbal, that group ends up defined by its victimhood and individuals end up reduced to their victimized belonging. Asad ...

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Social Democrats: Radical alternative or Labour mark two?

By Cillian Gillespie The last decade has seen convulsive change in Ireland. From 2008 onwards, we witnessed a devastating economic crisis and an eight year regime of austerity. This was followed by a neoliberal recovery where lack of affordable housing and childcare, underfunded social services and growing precarity in the workplace have become the norm. This is “capitalist realism”, Irish ...

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A creature of capitalism: Why you should march against Trump

By Monika Janas The pathetic toadies in government will be rolling out the red carpet the billionaire bigot , “Grabber-in-chief”, US President, Donald Trump in November. There are many reasons why we should hit the streets when Trump arrives. He has shamelessly whipped up racism and Islamophobia, he is a misogynist, a climate-change denier and has virtually threatened nuclear war ...

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Trans liberation & the struggle for anti-capitalist change

By Ollie Bell After winning repeal, the battle for equality is far from over. Trans rights are one of the many campaigns on people’s minds. Although binary trans people have a right to self determination in Ireland, transgender healthcare is still underfunded and the waiting list for Loughlinstown is now at 20 months. Twenty million euro has been spent on ...

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Ireland’s capitalist model- Tax haven for the 1%

By Darragh O’Dwyer A recent economic study revealed Ireland as likely being the largest tax haven in the world. Jointly carried out by academics in Berkeley University and the University of Copenhagen “The Missing Profits of Nations” estimated that €90 billion of corporate profits were channeled through Ireland in 2015, more than all of the islands of the Caribbean combined ...

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What’s fuelling the global revolt against misogyny & sexism?

Young people are entering the stage of struggle. This new wave of activists hold ideas of equality and liberation from oppression as central to their world-view. These young people have a passionate opposition to racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia. In fact any denial of rights and dignity is being roundly rejected argues Monika Janas. A deep understanding of the need ...

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