Author Archives: Socialist Party

Solidarity with the family of Thiago Cortes & all Deliveroo workers

On Tuesday night the death was announced of Thiago Cortes, a Deliveroo worker who was killed in a ‘hit and run’ which occurred on North Wall Quay, Dublin, on Monday night. The circumstances will of course be investigated by Gardai, but it is urgent that broader discussions are had about how these workers are employed, the perils they face every ...

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Book Review: White Fragility by Robin Diangelo

By Rebecca Green, Socialist Alternative USA After the brutal murder of George Floyd, Robin Diangelo’s 2018 book White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism became Amazon’s #1 best seller. Already, 1.6 million copies have been sold. An article Diangelo published on the same topic in 2011 caught steam before Michael Brown was killed in 2014, and ...

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USA: Revolt for black lives in Kenosha

By Teddy Shibabaw, Socialist Alternative USA Jacob Blake: unarmed, Black, father, and paralyzed from the waist down. Seven shots in his back at point blank range from a cop’s gun in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  The video footage taken by a bystander witness is unmistakable.  Just as in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death at the hands of the Minneapolis police, the ...

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California wildfires: A socialist perspective

By Elliot Bartz, Socialist Alternative USA Remembering one’s experience of a wildfire is like assembling a series of fragments from a broken picture: Startled awake at 3am to an unprecedented dry lightning storm. Lightning illuminates the sky and thunder rumbles nearby. A sense of foreboding rises in our stomachs. This weather belongs in the midwest, not coastal California. 2pm the ...

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Trump in Trouble and Biden in Hiding: 2020 Presidential Elections

From Socialist Alternative – the Socialist Party’s US sister section 2020 is not the election year that anyone expected. Presidential election politics are now utterly intertwined with the global pandemic that has killed nearly 165,000 people in the U.S. as of this writing and has completely altered life for most of the population. From the very beginning, Trump has not ...

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For a safe return to school – teachers speak out

Return to school

by a Socialist Party reporter (Second-level teacher) The government has utterly failed to prepare for a safe return to education. ‘Criminal’ was the word used by one teacher who confronted the Taoiseach after a photo-opportunity at a Cork school on August 20th. Years of underinvestment and the highest class sizes in Europe makes school reopening in Ireland particularly risky. While ...

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Report from “Health Freedom Ireland” protest organised by far-right

#GolfGate gives belated boost to “Health Freedom Ireland” protest The inconsistent nature of the current government Covid restrictions coupled with the deep and justified anger in society at the blatant hypocrisy of politicians and prominent establishment figures attending a golf outing in contravention of those very same restrictions undoubtedly gave a late boost to the attendance at a protest on ...

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How sacked Debenhams workers fought back

By Ruth Coppinger, pamphlet published August 2020 Introduction — an inspiring struggle by workers The struggle by Debenhams workers over the last four months has been inspiring. The way in which the workers reacted to their mistreatment, organised themselves despite so many obstacles and sustained a battle against a global corporation has been an example for workers not only in ...

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80 years after his assassination: The life & ideas of Leon Trotsky

By Daniel Waldron This year, 21st August marks the 80th anniversary of the death of Leon Trotsky in Mexico following an assault at the hands of a Stalinist agent. Alongside Lenin, Trotsky was the central Bolshevik leader of the October revolution in Russia which created the world’s first workers’ state. He would wage a lifelong struggle against both capitalism and ...

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The U.S.-China Cold War: Towards a bipolar global economy

Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info “There’s no floor under the U.S.-China relationship. We keep finding new lows,” says author and China expert Richard McGregor. The conflict between the two biggest imperialist powers is escalating at dizzying speed. In July, the U.S. ordered the closure of China’s consulate in Houston, which was followed immediately by the closure of the U.S. consulate in Chengdu. ...

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