Theory & History

John Hume from civil rights to peace process – A critical assessment

On 3 August, John Hume, former leader of the nationalist SDLP, passed away at the age of 83. He was eulogised by establishment figures in the North – including Unionists – as well as in the South, Britain and internationally. His passing was also met with genuine expressions of respect from the mass of ordinary people in Northern Ireland, among ...

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Engels @ 200: A revolutionary thinker for a world in turmoil

By Katia Hancke  Friedrich Engels was born 200 years ago, yet as a thinker was profoundly radical and strikingly modern. While his lifelong collaboration with Karl Marx resulted in many co-authored works, as well as extensive correspondence between the two in which they developed their ideas jointly, Engels also wrote his own brilliant contributions to contemporary debates in the socialist ...

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The Battle of Cable Street: Lessons for combatting the far right

By Thomas Carmichael 84 years ago today, on 4th October 1936, Communists and socialists came together with Jewish and Irish workers in an historic stand to stop Oswald Mosley and several thousand of his fascist Blackshirts from marching through the East End of London. In what became known as The Battle of Cable Street, Mosley and his thugs, with police ...

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Review: The Jakarta Method by Vincent Bevins

Reviewed by Manus Lenihan The beautiful Indonesian island of Bali attracts visitors from all over the world. But most holidaymakers have no idea that just over fifty years ago the Indonesian military and police killed 80,000 unarmed civilians on that island. The beaches of Seminyak boast gourmet restaurants, five-star hotels and cocktail bars; in 1965-66, the same beaches were the ...

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Book Review: White Fragility by Robin Diangelo

By Rebecca Green, Socialist Alternative USA After the brutal murder of George Floyd, Robin Diangelo’s 2018 book White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism became Amazon’s #1 best seller. Already, 1.6 million copies have been sold. An article Diangelo published on the same topic in 2011 caught steam before Michael Brown was killed in 2014, and ...

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80 years after his assassination: The life & ideas of Leon Trotsky

By Daniel Waldron This year, 21st August marks the 80th anniversary of the death of Leon Trotsky in Mexico following an assault at the hands of a Stalinist agent. Alongside Lenin, Trotsky was the central Bolshevik leader of the October revolution in Russia which created the world’s first workers’ state. He would wage a lifelong struggle against both capitalism and ...

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James Connolly’s revolutionary socialism

The relevance of Workshop Talks today By Kevin Henry and Eddie McCabe We live in turbulent times; just seven months into a new decade and it has been totally dominated by crises, especially in the form of the pandemic and the economic crisis it has detonated.  On top of this, 2020 has also witnessed environmental events that reinforce the urgency ...

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Socialism: How would a planned economy work?

By Peter Delsing, (ISA in Belgium) This article is based on an introductory speech given to a commission on ‘Marxist economics — How would a planned economy work?’ at ISA’s Virtual Marxist University in July 2020.  The discussion about how a planned economy would work is a crucial one for the workers’ movement and the oppressed. Since the 1990s and the fall ...

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75 years on – only socialist policies offer ‘No More Hiroshimas’

By James Clement On 6 August 1945 the world first witnessed the horrific power of the atomic bomb. The bombings of Hiroshima, and Nagasaki only days later, are today still the only examples of nuclear weapons having been deployed against a population. The death toll immediately after the blast in Hiroshima was 75,000 people; yet by December this number had risen ...

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100 years since the Belfast Pogroms: A warning from history

By Kevin Henry This week marks 100 years since the outbreak of the Belfast pogroms, when the city saw serious sectarian violence and the expulsion of an estimated 10,000 men and 1,000 women from their workplaces, starting in the shipyards and spreading to other workplaces. The violence also spread to the Belfast slums with 22 killed and hundreds wounded. It ...

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