Author Archives: Socialist Party

Presidential election 2020 & the explosive crises of US capitalism

By Harper Cleves 2020 has been a year characterised by an extreme crisis of capitalism, seen most clearly through the deadly COVID-19 pandemic and the global recession. In a year marked by upheaval, this US presidential election seems out of step; featuring a standoff between one of the least popular modern US presidents Donald Trump and yet another lacklustre Democratic ...

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#RepealTheSeal: The Mother & Baby Homes archive scandal

By Leah Whelan  The government decision to seal the Mother and Baby Homes archives for 30 years has been met with huge backlash from working-class communities. The move to seal the documents for three decades, despite survivors concerns, can be regarded as another form of abuse on working-class women – with survivors noting that for those impacted “consent was taken ...

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Covid-19 and education: Working & studying in safe environment is a right

By Kate Relihan  “Our schools are overcrowded, underfunded and dealing with a global pandemic on a wing and a prayer” — principal Tiernan Ó’Neill of Corpus Christi DEIS primary school in Moyross, Limerick, synopsised brilliantly the reality for school staff on Newstalk on Tuesday, 21 October.  He rightfully pointed out that schools have never closed since the first lockdown in ...

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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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