Author Archives: Socialist Party

Why you should be a socialist

By Darragh O’Dwyer Stability, prosperity and progress: Some of the common catchwords capitalism’s most staunch defenders have used to justify a system that places private profit before all else. Yes there are flaws, but, so the story goes, the positives outweigh the negatives and, really, no other organisation of society is feasible. Barely halfway through 2020 and such illusions have ...

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North:Working-class solidarity in a time of crisis

“THESE ARE the times that try men’ souls. You will no doubt hear a great number of stories respecting the situation of this country. Its present unfortunate state is entirely owing to treachery; the rich always betray the poor.”Henry Joy McCracken, leader of the United Irishmen These were the words of Henry Joy McCracken, leader of the United Irishmen, after ...

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Mass movement against racism sweeps the U.S.

By Keely Mullen, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US) At 8:25 pm on May 25 George Floyd stopped breathing. Moments later his pulse stopped. It was two minutes before Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin removed his knee from Floyd’s neck. Less than an hour later, he was pronounced dead. On the day of George Floyd’s death, we had ...

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Sweden and Covid-19: “Corona strategy” failed to protect the vulnerable & elderly

By Jonas Brännberg (Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna- our sister organisation in Sweden) Three months have passed since the corona pandemic reached Sweden, and although it has a significantly higher death rate than neighbouring countries with no improvement in sight, the government and authorities have so far escaped wider criticism, partly because of the uncertain state of knowledge but more because of the ...

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Black Lives Matter in the North: Hypocrisy of Politicians and Police

By Daniel Waldron On Saturday, June 6, thousands of people gathered at Black Lives Matter rallies in Belfast and Derry. They did so to stand in solidarity with the revolt taking place across the US in the wake of the horrific and racist murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, but also in opposition to racism at home. Rightly, ...

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Billionaires profit from a pandemic!

By Haritha Olaganathan US billionaires saw their collective wealth increase by $282 billion in the first twenty-three days of lockdown. Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is the biggest financial reaper, as shares in the social media company have surged by almost 60% over the past two months. Another profiteer includes CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos, whose wealth has increased by $25 ...

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North: Meat workers take action to defend public health

by Daniel Waldron “If the disease was in the animals, they’d have closed the place. But for workers, the factories can do what they want.” – Worker in an Irish meat factory, speaking to The Guardian Even at the best of times, working in meat processing can be tough. It is physically demanding, repetitive and, for many, unpleasant by nature. ...

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Covid-19 crisis: Defend jobs, livings standards & public health

The scale and rapidity of job losses across the private and semi state sector arising from the necessary restrictions on commercial activity is without precedent, writes Michael O’Brien. Even compared to the Great Recession of a decade ago what took several years to unfold in terms of a steep climb in unemployment levels has been surpassed in a few weeks ...

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Debenhams: workers wage battle to stop asset robbery

By Ruth Coppinger  Since being laid off in April, Debenhams workers have waged a David and Goliath battle to save their jobs or win a  redundancy package befitting their years of service.  Pitted against a big multinational chain, the Irish workers deserve massive credit for remaining a thorn in the side of this  company, who coldly used a pandemic to ...

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US: Mass, Coordinated Action Needed to Win #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd

By members of Socialist Alternative, our sister organisation in the US, in Minneapolis George Floyd gasped “I can’t breathe,” again and again, for nine long minutes. This is murder. It is murder at the hands of the Minneapolis Police. Yet the recent racist killings of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless cases of racist police murder over the ...

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