Theory & History

Class Struggle: How is change won?

By Grace Fors, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) Today’s generation is growing up surrounded by crises. As they come of age, dead-end jobs, crushing debt, and climate destruction await them. After 18 months of isolation, the COVID-19 pandemic is rearing its head again with no clear end in sight. All of these combined disasters can create ...

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30 years ago — Defeat of Anti-Gorbachev coup leads to the collapse of USSR

August 19, 1991 — an eight-man junta announced that the head of the Soviet Union General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev had been taken ill, and an “Emergency Committee” had taken over running the vast country. The defeat of the putsch opened the road to the collapse of the USSR writes Rob Jones, an eye-witness to, and participant in the events in ...

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50 years since internment – what did Marxists say?

By Kevin Henry This week marks the fiftieth anniversary of Operation Demetrius and the start of internment without trial, introduced by the reactionary Unionist government at Stormont and the British state. This brutal repressive action saw hundreds of innocent, working-class people rounded up across Northern Ireland by the British army and jailed in a matter of days.  The ability to ...

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1971: Henry Kissinger’s secret visit to China

Dahu, chinaworker.info It’s 50 years ago since Henry Kissinger’s secret mission to China which led to a ground-breaking shift in US imperialism’s foreign policy and changed the course of history “Eureka!” This was the one-word telegram sent to President Richard Nixon by his National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger as the latter made his way back from top-secret talks with Chinese ...

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US: How did the working class win the Voting Rights Act of 1965?

By Tamar Wilson, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) The Black working class, minority communities, and American poor were under consistent economic assault prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, but have now entered a state of emergency in this sustained capitalist crisis. Tens of thousands of Black and brown people have died from the virus, millions more have ...

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5 reasons why capitalism can’t be patched up, and has to go

By Eddie McCabe If the world today seems chaotic and the future looks bleak, try to remember one thing: it’s not you, it’s capitalism.  The accelerating decay of this system is increasing the rate of all kinds of disasters, as well as their intensity. This reality means more hardship for billions of people daily, and devastation for millions. Naturally, it’s ...

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The origins of Covid-19: Lab-Leak or capitalist ecological crisis?

By Chris Stewart In the past month, the capitalist media in the US have shifted decisively in their reporting around the origins of COVID-19. This comes as President Biden has ordered a 90-day review by the US intelligence agencies of the likelihood that the virus originated in a lab in the Wuhan Institute of Virology. This concerns two main scenarios, ...

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History: 250 years since the birth of Robert Owen

By Tom Costello Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in England, Wales and Scotland) This month marks 250 years since the birth of a legendary utopian socialist. While today many of his ideas have been contorted into simple philanthropy, what is often overlooked is what he developed. Robert Owen’s radical social vision that provided inspiration for many, itself playing a pivotal ...

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The Covid crisis, the capitalist state & the role of socialists

By Conor Payne  This article responds to some issues raised by Paul Murphy TD (People Before Profit and RISE) in his recent article ‘The Covid Test’. For over a year, the Covid crisis has convulsed the world. The virus has killed millions and devastated whole societies, as we are now horrifically seeing in India. The health crisis has been accompanied ...

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Review: The People Want To Overthrow The System

The People Want To Overthrow The System By Cedric Gérôme Published by International Socialist Alternative, 2021 Reviewed by Peter McGregor This book delves into the revolutionary and counter-revolutionary processes that unfolded in Tunisia between 2010 and 2013. Gérôme, a leading ISA member who was on the ground during much of these events, explains and analyses the various factors that led ...

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