April 2018 marks the one hundredth anniversary of a historic general strike in Ireland. Cillian Gillespie looks at the events of this strike and the revolutionary potential that existed in this movement to unite workers north and south. 23 April 1918 was a decisive day in the history of the working-class movement in Ireland. In the words of the self-proclaimed ...Read More »
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The following article was first published in Socialism 2000, the precursor of Socialist Alternative, in the immediate aftermath of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement that was signed 20 years ago today. By Peter Hadden Around the world the Good Friday Agreement may have been trumpeted as an “historic compromise”, an “exercise in reconciliation” and a “step to a final ...Read More »
Article written by Peter Hadden in 2008 Death on the rock of Gibraltar – 20 years since SAS killing of three IRA volunteers It is twenty years since the execution style killing by the SAS of three IRA members in Gibraltar. In Northern Ireland these deaths sparked a brief but particularly bloody upsurge in violence. Over the next thirteen days ...Read More »
By Cillian Gillespie It is fitting that 2018 opened up with the outbreak of revolts and upheavals in both Iran and Tunisia, with young people to the fore in both. This year marks half a century since the revolutionary year that was 1968. This was a year that saw young people and workers challenge oppressive capitalist and Stalinist regimes across ...Read More »
By Yanis Varoufakis Published by Atlantic Books, 2017 Reviewed by Paul Murphy TD Adults In The Room is a must-read for those who aspire to building a left that can achieve governmental power and transform society. That is not because Yanis Varoufakis has the answers about how to achieve that, but because his experience as Finance Minister brutally demonstrates ...Read More »
By Katia Hancke The debate on abortion rights has moved on dramatically over the last five years. Just look at the discussions taking place even in as conservative an environment as the Oireachtas Committee on the 8th Amendment, dominated as it is by the anti-choice and right wing parties of the capitalist establishment. Witness after expert witness has outlined to ...Read More »
By Angela Nagle Published by Zero Books, 2017 Reviewed by Conor Payne This book is an account and analysis of the online rise of the so-called “Alt-right”. In the context of the rise of right-wing populism – epitomised by Trump’s election to the US Presidency – the Alt-right have developed as a new package to promote the spread of old ...Read More »
On the centenary of the October Revolution Eddie McCabe looks at the key events and conditions that brought about the world’s first socialist revolution and also explores the decisive leadership given by Lenin, Trotsky and the Bolshevik party.Read More »
By Robin Clapp, from The Socialist, paper of the Socialist Party in England and Wales The Daily Mail reacted with predictable hysteria when, in May 2017, John McDonnell stated: “You can’t understand the capitalist system without reading Marx’s Das Kapital.” When asked to immediately condemn his shadow chancellor, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn refused to do so and correctly added that Marx was ...Read More »
At the end of June, in the midst of a growing discussion about socialism in the United States, Bhaskar Sunkara ,editor of the US socialist magazine Jacobin, published an important op-ed in the New York Times entitled “Socialism’s Future May Be Its Past.” Below is a reply from Alan Jones, a member of the National Executive Committee of Socialist Alternative, ...Read More »