Author Archives: Socialist Party

Reclaiming the ‘season of the witch’

By Aislinn O’Keeffe Halloween is the time of witches and ghouls. The time, according to the original pagan beliefs that signalled when the veil between our world and the Otherworld was at its thinnest. At this time, you might encounter the spirits of your ancestors, or demons or devils. In order to protect yourself from these unwanted visits, it was ...

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Nigeria: End SARS police brutality

The Movement for a Socialist Alternative in Nigeria has been actively campaigning to end SARS, end police brutality and provide jobs for youth. ISA and the Socialist Party stands in full solidarity with their campaign. This is the text of the leaflet distributed by MSA on the recent youth demonstrations. Workers must join young Nigerians to #ENDSARS NOW and other ...

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Bolivia: Election defeat for right-wing coup plotters

Below we publish an initial short reaction to the decisive electoral defeat inflicted on those behind the 2019 coup against the Evo Morales government in Bolivia. More detailed analysis will follow soon. Bolivia’s 18 October elections saw an evident defeat of the Latin American right and of American imperialism, against all its coup plotting, authoritarianism, racism and contempt for the ...

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The Covid vaccine & the failure of capitalist competition

By Gary McDonald  The total failure of the capitalist system to deliver for the needs and aspirations of ordinary, working-class people is once again on full display for the whole world to see. The complete inability of capitalism to protect people from the worst pandemic in just over 100 years is a shocking indictment of how decrepit the system has ...

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Covid crisis: Why is wealth inequality soaring?

By Robert Cosgrave The crisis provoked by the global outbreak of Covid-19 is perhaps most associated with the tragic figures of lives ended directly by the virus. At the time of writing, this figure stands at over a million deaths, with no end in sight. There has been, at the same time, another crisis, which has seen all the cracks ...

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Budget 2021: Corporate welfare over public need

By Finghin Kelly Budget 2021 has been heralded as the biggest in the state’s history. After a decade of austerity and balanced budgets, this does represent a certain turn away from those policies. This is in line with capitalist governments around the world who are boosting state spending in order to save capitalism – not just from the effects of ...

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Greece: Students occupy hundreds of schools in protest over Covid-19 inaction

By Ciara Gannon Over the last few weeks, students in Greece have been staging a large number of sit-ins in their schools to protest against the inadequate Covid-19 safety measures that have been implemented in their classrooms. It is estimated that students in 700 schools have occupied their school buildings to fight for their demands to be met.  Social distancing ...

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Review: The Social Dilemma directed by Jeff Orlowski

By Brandon Byrne The Social Dilemma provides an insightful new look at the impact major social media platforms have had on society and how by design they foster addiction.  Director Jeff Orlowski presents these insights through a series of talking head interviews with tech industry insiders whose work has brought them close enough to see the critically flawed design at ...

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Housing crisis continues in time of pandemic

By Emily Belton Due to government’s criminal mismanagement we are now on the brink of a second wave of Covid-19. Another lockdown before December is becoming increasingly likely in order to stop the spread of the virus. With homelessness on the rise again and the likelihood of further job losses, the government has shamefully reduced the PUP and has lifted ...

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