Author Archives: Socialist Party

Gulf Stream slowing down – a tipping point in climate breakdown

By Sam Belton Climate change is becoming less and less of a gradual, linear process. Rather, the rate of increase in extreme weather events is becoming increasingly exponential. This can be explained by climate feedback loops. For example, rising temperatures resulting from CO2 emissions from industrial processes cause drier climates. This increases the frequency of forest fires, which in turn ...

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Bitcoin frenzy: How capitalism is fuelling another bubble

By Manus Lenihan The stock markets took a battering when Covid first hit in early 2020, but governments pumped them full of trillions in stimulus money. Thanks to this, Wall Street has swung wildly from a deep crisis to a series of absurd bubbles. Tesla has grown incredibly bloated and volatile, and it’s not the only one. “The entire thing ...

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Covid & system attack gains made by women over decades

By Katia Hancke The Covid crisis is creating unprecedented hardship for working class people all over the world – economically, socially, in terms of physical and mental health and in a multitude of other ways. But working class women are at risk of losing the most of all – decades of hard won gains in the fight against women’s oppression ...

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Review: Judas and The Black Messiah

“During the lifetime of great revolutionaries, the oppressing classes constantly hounded them, received their theories with the most savage malice, the most furious hatred, and the most unscrupulous campaigns of lies and slander. After their deaths, attempts are made to convert them into harmless icons, to canonize them…” – Lenin, State and Revolution Two years ago, we commemorated the 50th ...

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Covid & economic depression threaten women’s gains: Organise, fight back!

Joint statement by International Socialist Alternative and ROSA International While 2019 was a year of massive revolt, in which women and particularly young women — and their demands — formed an integral part and were often at the frontlines, creating hope for women all over the world, the pandemic and the developing economic crisis that was triggered by it in ...

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Deliveroo workers getting organised

By Shane Finnan The working conditions of Deliveroo riders in Dublin have deteriorated over the course of the pandemic, their health and safety have been put at greater peril, with often tragic and fatal consequences. Last September saw the horrific killing of Thiago Cortes in a hit-and-run attack.  Since the tragic death of Josh Dunne tensions have worsened. There’s a ...

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Review: Framing Britney Spears

By Aislinn O’Keeffe In 1992, a ten-year-old Britney Spears performed a powerful version of The Judds ‘Love Can Build a Bridge’. The host, Ed McMahon, interviewing her afterwards remarks on her ‘pretty eyes’ and asks her whether or not she has a boyfriend. A clearly uncomfortable Britney continues to smile and be polite, choosing her words carefully as she attempts ...

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Texas: Workers freeze due to billionaire greed

By Ryan Booker, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US) Last week, as a historic winter storm hit much of the United States and temperatures plummeted far below freezing, blackouts began to roll across the Texas power grid. At their peak, the blackouts left more than four million people, largely working families, without heat and electricity during the coldest ...

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The pandemic and the deepening mental health crisis

By Adam Dudley  Before any of us had heard of Covid-19, one in 10 people globally lived with a mental health disorder. Ireland, North and South, has consistently registered levels higher than the average (around 15%) and some of the highest prevalence in the world for anxiety disorders and psychiatric disorders like Schizophrenia. Since Covid struck, studies paint a picture ...

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