By Manus Lenihan Widespread anger has forced the government to retreat, at least temporarily, from holding a commemoration for the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP). These two police forces upheld colonial, landlord and capitalist rule in Ireland. They were a blunt instrument in the hands of the big landlords, carrying out evictions and beating down protests, ...Read More »
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This article by a trade union shop-steward in a major pharmaceutical company was first published in Lutte Socialiste/De Linkse Socialist, monthly paper of PSL/LSP – our sister organisation in Belgium. In recent weeks, a number of scandals connected to the pharmaceutical sector have broken out. Firstly, over the very high treatment costs for a sick baby, in response to which ...Read More »
People’s Republic of Walmart: How the World’s Biggest Corporations Are Laying the Foundation for Socialism By Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski Verso Books, 2019 Among the most common arguments conservatives hurl at socialism is that planned economies always fail. Typically capitalists argue that, despite the flaws of the free market, it’s far better than any other system that has existed ...Read More »
On 9th November 1989 the Berlin Wall was pulled down in dramatic scenes. In the latest of our series marking the events of 1989 in Eastern Europe, Ingmar Meinecke of SAV (German section of the CWI-majority), who as a teenager participated in these events, explains what happened. “Dear friends, fellow citizens, it is as if one has opened the windows ...Read More »
From Lucifer to Lazarus – A Life on the Left By Mick O’Reilly Published by Lilliput, 2019 Reviewed by Michael O’Brien This autobiography by the former Irish Regional Secretary of the Amalgamated Transport and General Workers’ Union (ATGWU, since renamed Unite) is, among other things, an important window into a period of the Irish workers’ movement going back to the ...Read More »
The last year-and-a-half has seen a steady escalation of a trade war between the world’s two major capitalist powers, the United States and China. This dispute takes place against the background of the world economy undergoing a period of what has been described as “slowbalisation” and a reversal of the process of globalisation, writes Cillian Gillespie. In May of this ...Read More »
Published by: Verso Books, 2019 In this year’s State of the Union address, Donald Trump stated that “America will never be a socialist country.” More recently, he declared that he will be running in 2020 to fight a “socialist takeover.” Why, all of a sudden, do we have this anti-socialist rhetoric? Because socialist ideas are making a comeback! A recent ...Read More »
Revolutionary movement with counter-revolutionary consequences Rob Jones – Sotsialisticheskaya Alternativa ( sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Russia) This article is the first in a series to commemorate the events of 1989 In Poland, on the 13th September 1989, the ‘Solidarnosc’ trade union, after winning an overwhelming majority in an election, formed the first ‘non-communist’ government in the former ...Read More »
Leon Trotsky’s In Defense of Marxism is a book every Marxist needs to study. It’s a collection of letters and key documents from a sharp debate within the Socialist Workers Party in the US in 1939-40. It’s a very rich book, on application of Marxist theory in a rapidly changing world – Stalinism in the Soviet Union, fascism in power ...Read More »
By Peter Hadden (first published in August 2009) August 1969 was a turning point in the history of Northern Ireland. It was then that the Labour Government of Harold Wilson took the decision to send troops onto the streets, first of Derry, then of Belfast. The measure was presented as temporary – troops were needed, they said, because, with riots ...Read More »