Author Archives: Socialist Party

Covid crisis exposes a rotten system that must be challenged

Fifty million people have been infected with Covid-19 globally, with over one and a quarter million tragically losing their lives. In Ireland, we’ve had 65,000 cases with over 1,900 deaths in the South and 42,000 cases with over 750 deaths in the North. A second wave is now overwhelming health services across Europe. Like climate change, the roots of this ...

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Trump’s Out: Socialist Analysis & Next Steps for Struggle

By Socialist Alternative (ISA in USA) The celebrations have begun. Trump has clearly lost, and he will be out of the White House early next year. A massive sigh of relief is being exhaled by tens of millions of people across the country and hundreds of millions across the world. Yet we should recognize that the pandemic, climate change, economic ...

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USA: Drive out Trump and shut down the system!

By Bryan Koulouris, Socialist Alternative USA In order to drive Trump out of the White House, we need to disrupt “business as usual” with mass civil disobedience, student walkouts, and workplace action. We can’t just “wait and see” what happens; Trump is doing whatever he can to steal the election, and we need to take action quickly and decisively. Protests ...

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Global uprisings against oppression – socialist feminism now more than ever

By Emma Quinn Whenever there is a crisis, be it war, climate catastrophe or a pandemic, it is women, people of colour, indigenous populations; the most oppressed and exploited sections of the poor and working class who are worst affected. Lenin put it well: “Capitalist society is and always has been a horror without end”.[1] Now, when the system is in ...

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Engels @ 200: A revolutionary thinker for a world in turmoil

By Katia Hancke  Friedrich Engels was born 200 years ago, yet as a thinker was profoundly radical and strikingly modern. While his lifelong collaboration with Karl Marx resulted in many co-authored works, as well as extensive correspondence between the two in which they developed their ideas jointly, Engels also wrote his own brilliant contributions to contemporary debates in the socialist ...

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What’s behind the #LeoTheLeak scandal?

In the last number of days the government has been hit by another scandal, this time relating to the actions of Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.  Last Saturday an article in The Village magazine exposed how in April 2019, then serving as Taoiseach, Varadkar leaked a confidential government document to his friend Maitiú Ó Tuathail, president of the now defunct National Association ...

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Poland: Mass movement in defence of abortion rights

By Paweł Nowak, Alternatywa Socjalistyczna (ISA in Poland) Following last Thursday’s ruling of the Constitutional Court that abortion in the case of foetal defects is unconstitutional, protests and mass demonstrations have swept the country, gaining in numbers each day. After the ruling was announced on Thursday, a spontaneous demonstration marched on the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party headquarters in ...

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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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