Author Archives: Socialist Party

The bitter legacy of Margaret Thatcher

By Mike Forster (Socialist Alternative- our sister organisation in England, Wales and Scotland) Thirty years ago, Margaret Thatcher with tears in her eyes ended her eleven year reign as Prime Minister of Britain. A pioneer of neoliberalism, she fought for the interests of her class — the rich, while the working class grew to so hate her, many celebrated when ...

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Debenhams & Arcadia: Stop the retail jobs slaughter!

Article by members of the Socialist Party in the North about a new jobs massacre that’s taking place in the retail sector in the UK. Trade unions need to take a firm stance in defence of these jobs and to demand state intervention, including democratic public ownership, to ensure they are maintained. This week, high street giant Arcadia – owner ...

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US- Kshama Solidarity campaign launched to oppose right wing recall

Article by a member of Socialist Alternative, our sister organisation in the US, about attempts by big business and the right wing to remove our Seattle City Council member, Kshama Sawant, from office. This is a serious attack on the left both in the US and globally, Kshama and Socialist Alternative have led major battles that have resulted in important ...

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Outrage from below at IBSA forces action

By Aislinn O’Keeffe Legislation designed to outlaw image based sexual abuse (IBSA), often referred to as ‘revenge porn’, will go before the Justice Committee this Tuesday 1 December. While this is a welcome move, it is long overdue. Campaigners have been pushing for this change for several years including former Solidarity TD and Socialist Party member Ruth Coppinger who raised ...

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Review: The Return of Nature

The Return of Nature By John Bellamy Foster  Monthly Review Press, 2020 Reviewed by Keishia Taylor John Bellamy Foster’s ground-breaking Marx’s Ecology in 2000 demonstrated that Marxism, from the beginning, dealt with ecological questions. Its long-awaited sequel, The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology, developed these ideas from the deaths of Marx and Darwin to the 1960s, tracing a continuous ...

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Engels, Marx & the “Irish Question”

A lesser known aspect of Marx and Engels’ work is their attention to events and processes in Ireland. This is reflected in Marx’s Capital, where he references the shirt factories in Derry and the effect their development had on the broader local economy. However, it was primarily Engels who studied events in Ireland. This was in part through his relationship ...

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Global economy: With capitalism in unprecedented crisis, socialism is the answer

By John Hird (Socialismo Revolucionario — our sister organsiation in Spanish State) The recent avalanche of articles reporting the pronouncements of the pillars of capitalist rule such as the IMF, World Bank and EU in the financial press regarding the economic and social consequences of the Covid-19 crisis, indicate we are at an important conjuncture. The extraordinary economic measures being ...

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Seamus Woulfe appointment & the insider dealings of the Golden Circle

By Finghín Kelly When “Golfgate” broke it rightly angered working-class people across the country. Here we had an example of a breach of Covid-19 regulations by an elite group from Ireland’s capitalist establishment. It consisted of serving politicians, retired politicians, bankers, an ambassador, an EU Commissioner, a Supreme Court Judge and many of their unnamed guests. This was when the ...

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Gender-based violence on the rise during pandemic

By Leah Whelan On 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was marked by feminists all around the world.  This year is one of the most important years to organise and challenge the system that perpetrates violence and sexual abuse against women and girls.  Gender-based violence has been an increasing issue in society, but has ...

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25N — We need socialist feminism against capitalist violence!

Statement by the ISA’s International Women’s Bureau November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, founded in 1981 after the murder of the Mirabal sisters by the military dictatorship of Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. For us socialist feminists, the fight for an end to violence against women must be an anti-capitalist fight. Violence is ...

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