Tag Archives: The State

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

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. Police and state repression has also ...

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COVID-19: No attacks on democratic rights

By James McCabe Across the globe, governments are introducing sweeping curtailments of basic democratic rights in the name of tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. In some countries this has even led to the “temporary” dissolution of parliament. Many governments have thankfully, if belatedly, enforced the closure of non-essential businesses. At the same time, many have banned public gatherings and given the ...

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Review: ‘The Guards: Inside the K’

By Dean O’Donnell The first episode of Virgin Media’s new 5-part docuseries The Guards: Inside the K aired earlier this week to widespread acclaim from viewers and critics alike. Set in the “K-district”, a term that describes the policing precinct encompassing Blanchardstown, Cabra and Finglas, the show follows Gardaí on the beat in some of Dublin’s most deprived suburbs.  Yet, ...

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The State: An instrument of capitalist rule

By James McCabe The depraved witch-hunt against Garda whistleblower, Maurice McCabe, by a cabal of senior level Gardaí in revenge for exposing corruption within the force sparked such mass revulsion that it threatened to bring down the government. Following other recent revelations of corruption, illegal phone-tapping and politically motivated spying by Gardaí, the establishment is keen to divert attention away ...

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Collusion: The­ British State’s dirty war

By Stephen Boyd The BBC Panorama programme ‘Britain’s Secret Terror Deals’ has shed light again on the murky world that was the dirty war fought by the British state in Northern Ireland. This harrowing documentary focused on high-profile sectarian killings and assassinations in which it is alleged state forces such as the RUC, MI5, Special Branch and Army Intelligence protected ...

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The State – a tool to defend the rule of the 1%

The Occupy movement that began in the US in 2011 coined the terms, the 1% and the 99%. The movement was evocatively referring to the existence of a ruling class, encapsulated in the term the 1% a – the super-rich elite that owns and controls the key global wealth, resources and means of production.

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