Theory & History

United States: The history of Critical Race Theory and the debate surrounding It

By Quinn Angelou-Lysaker, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US) Debates have broken out in workplaces and school board meetings across the country as the Republican Party fights to ban Critical Race Theory (CRT) from the classroom. This debate is only one aspect of a culture war accelerated by the George Floyd rebellion in the summer of 2020. Though ...

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“Stepping stone” to nowhere: 100 years since Anglo-Irish treaty

By Manus Lenihan  On the night of 5-6 December 1921, five men piled into a taxi at Downing Street, London, and set off for their lodgings in a state of shock. The British Prime Minister, David Lloyd George, had just issued a dramatic threat. Five months of peace talks had suddenly narrowed to a take-it-or-leave-it choice with an arbitrary deadline: ...

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Lessons from the First Intifada: When mass struggle shook the Israeli regime

In May 2021, as Gaza was under another murderous assault by the Israel state, a major wave of solidarity protests with the Palestinian people swept the globe. This was combined with protests and a general strike of Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and within Israel’s borders. This naturally brought the question of ‘how the Israeli state can be defeated?’ ...

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Review: Arise: Power, Strategy & Union Resurgence

Arise: Power, Strategy & Union ResurgenceBy Jane HolgatePluto Press, 2021 Reviewed by Michael O’Brien While being a historical and contemporary study of rising and falling fortunes of the British trade union movement, there is much in this book of interest to activists in Ireland who have witnessed a similar overall picture of decline in union density and all too frequent ...

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How capitalism oppresses women

By Grace Fors, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) What does it mean to be a working class woman? It’s fighting to survive against pressure from all sides. Sexism follows you everywhere. Take orders from your boss all day in return for 83 cents to a man’s dollar – or even less if you’re Black or Latina ...

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Review: What Britain did to Nigeria by Max Siollun

Hurst Publishers, 2021 Reviewed by Manus Lenihan  The Black Lives Matter movement in the United States last year raised new questions for millions of people about racism and the history of slavery. But it also encouraged more people to think about imperialism. During the lifetime of our grandparents and great-grandparents, a handful of European countries ruled over 95% of Africa ...

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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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