Theory & History

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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Ireland’s hidden connection with slavery

By Ciaran Crossey The establishment in Ireland, North and South, like to put forward a sanitised version of their record on racism, both today and historically. It is suggested that the Irish ruling class never benefited from slavery, unlike those based in British port cities like Liverpool and Bristol. This is simply untrue. Perverse compensation In 1833, after slavery was ...

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The role of the working class in fighting racism

By Keely Mullen, Socialist Alternative USA Two nights after George Floyd was murdered, Minneapolis bus drivers received an urgent request for a fleet of buses at the corner of 26th Street and Hiawatha Avenue in South Minneapolis. The request came from the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) who were gearing up for mass arrests at a Black Lives Matter protest and ...

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Biennio Rosso — Italy’s “Two Red Years”

By Massimo Amadori and Giuliano Brunetto (Resistenze Internazionali — ISA in Italy) One hundred years ago, Italy was shaken by the “Two Red Years”, a revolutionary period in which armed workers took over the factories. Although much has been written to mark the anniversary of the end of the First World War, or even the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification, ...

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US: Socialists and the state — how to end racist policing

By Tom Crean, Socialist Alternative USA The nature of policing in the United States is inseparable from the violent, racist history of capitalism in this country. From slave patrols; to Bull Connor’s unleashing dogs and fire hoses against black protesters in Montgomery during the Civil Rights movement; to the police lynchings in black communities today; there is a consistent thread. ...

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Review: One Man’s Terrorist

Reviewed by Seán Burns This year marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Provisional IRA. This new book, One Man’s Terrorist: A political history of the IRA, is therefore a timely study of this movement. Seán Burns looks at the book and the lessons that can be learned for today. Napoleon once said, “History is a fable agreed upon”. In ...

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Keynes, the crisis of neoliberalism and why capitalism can’t be reformed

Covid-19 has turned the world upside down, making all that was considered impossible now seem possible. In the context of a new crisis for capitalism and the undermining of the neoliberal order globally, the ideas of the liberal economist John Maynard Keynes will increasingly gain traction in terms of the policies of capitalist governments, writes Cillian Gillespie.  The Covid-19 crisis ...

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