Author Archives: Socialist Party

Shining a light on the rigged capitalist economy

By Megan Brady The State We Are In: Inequality in Ireland Today, a report recently published by TASC, an economic think-tank, has shone a spotlight on the appalling levels of inequality that exist in Ireland today. These inequalities are a direct result of the capitalist system we are currently living under. In an age of precarity, when workers’ labour is ...

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8 March: International wave of mass struggle

International Women’s Day 2019 once again became a day of struggle around the world. It is, however, difficult to get an overview of all protests writes Elin Gauffin from Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Sweden) . In some countries, the movement has declined somewhat while at the same time, new movements have emerged in other countries and ...

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Brexit: Trade unionists must stand for workers’ unity

By Kevin Henry As we go to press, it is over 750 days since the Stormont institutions collapsed in the wake of the RHI. This figure is likely to rise considerably, given the sectarian games of both the DUP and Sinn Féin and the lack of any serious efforts to restart the institutions. Brexit and the uncertainty about the border ...

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Another attack on the unemployed: Abolish JobPath now!

By Kieran Mahon The collapse into administration of Working Links, one of the companies involved in the provision of the Jobpath “work activation” scheme, is a welcome one for those who have to deal with the Department of Social Protection. At least for Working Links there is the ever-growing comfort blanket (funded entirely by the public exchequer) of €75.7 million. ...

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Climate change: Why capitalism is the problem

“Climate over Capitalism!” was the call of hundreds of school students in Manchester, protesting for effective measures to tackle climate change. This call is echoed throughout Europe in a myriad of school student protests in the past number of months writes Megan Oglesby. The movement was sparked by Greta Thunburg, a Swedish 16-year-old who began the first school-student protest outside ...

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International Women’s Day 2019: The case for socialist feminism

By Keishia Taylor International Women’s Day was established by socialist women as a day of struggle against oppression and exploitation meted out by the capitalist system. A hundred years later, we have won the vote and equal rights by law, but women continue to be at much higher risk of poverty, abuse and harassment than men. Opposing violence   The ...

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What kind of trade union movement we need

By Michael O’Brien When the nurses and midwives embarked upon their strike action it was clear that they were not just up against the government, the HSE and a right-wing media. Unfortunately, they effectively found themselves up against the leaderships of other public service trade unions. SIPTU Senior Health Sector official and Labour party councillor Paul Bell was the most ...

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Food production, climate change and capitalism

By Sam Belton Food production is the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions and the primary contributor to ecosystem destruction and biodiversity loss. In 2050, it’s estimated that the global population will have risen to 10 billion, placing an even greater strain on the planet’s food production systems. Two-year research efforts of an EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets and sustainable ...

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100 Years since the founding of the Communist International

By Per-Ake Westerlund, member of Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Sweden) 100 years ago, on March 2, 1919, 53 delegates from left and communist parties gathered at a congress in Moscow, with the goal of forming a new international. Within six months, the Communist International, the Comintern, had one million members. Socialists today need to study ...

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US: Bernie Sanders campaign garners mass support

By Kshama Sawant, member of Seattle City Council and Socialist Alternative (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the US)  Bernie Sanders has formally launched his 2020 run for the U.S. presidency, vowing to mount “an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least one million people from across the country.” In the first 24 hours, he ...

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