News & Analysis

Year one of capitalism’s Covid crisis

Editorial from issue 12 of Socialist Alternative, the Marxist journal of the Socialist Party (ISA Ireland). Stepping back to assess the damage of the first year of the coronavirus pandemic is sobering. As of March 2021, there have been 123 million confirmed cases and a staggering 2.7 million deaths worldwide. That’s equivalent to the entire population of Chicago city or ...

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Irish Sea border threatens political instability

By Daniel Waldron As part of the Brexit process, the Northern Ireland Protocol – which came into force on 1st January – has put a regulatory border down the Irish Sea, as the North remains aligned to the EU single market for goods. The level of disruption to supply chains has been more dramatic than most predicted. This may partially ...

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CETA: Bosses’ trade deal must be opposed

By Colm McCarthy The CETA trade deal needs to be met with strong opposition by working class people and the trade union movement. This is an investor rights treaty, allowing companies to sue states if their policies result in a reduction in their profits. as with other trade agreements, its purpose is to run over any obstacles to the companies ...

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Sarah Everard – Never again: Fight for an end to gender-based violence

By Sue Berry and Danni Crowter (Socialist Alternative- our sister organisation in England, Wales and Scotland) The murder of Sarah Everard is a tragedy – for her family and friends, the local community, and for all who oppose oppression and violence. Socialist Alternative sends sympathies and solidarity to all who knew Sarah, and all who are reeling from the revelations ...

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The Davy scandal & the parasitic financial system

A new scandal has hit Ireland’s golden circle, this time involving the largest stockbroking firm in the state, Davy. The company has been fined €4.13 million by the Central Bank after it emerged that senior members of the company engaged in what amounts to insider trading.  This involves information being acquired via one’s position in a company to personally enrich ...

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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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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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