State, Law and the Guards

One of the key ideas, tenaciously defended by the entire political establishment and ALL the mainstream media is that the law courts, the judges and the police are neutral.

State, Law and the Guards

One of the key ideas, tenaciously defended by the entire political establishment and ALL the mainstream media is that the law courts, the judges and the police are neutral. By ‘neutral’ they mean above or independent of politics, above or independent of social classes and above or independent of all interest groups. They simply enforce […]

Socialism #1.01 Learning from Tescos

The magnificent strike by Tesco’s workers forced management to back down, at least temporarily and we hope permanently, on their threat to unilaterally impose changes in working conditions.

Socialism #1.01  Learning from Tescos

Following on from the victories by the LUAS drivers and Dublin Bus drivers this proves that strong industrial action works. The solidarity and commitment of the Tescos workers was outstanding. They are all low paid workers but they took action on a principle in defense of their fellow workers, understanding that an injury to one […]

The Rise of People Power

There is now widespread understanding among ordinary people in Ireland that if you want anything done in this country the way to go is People Power.

The Rise of People Power

John Molyneux If you don’t want to pay unjust water charges no amount of letter writing and debate in the Dáil or on RTE will do the trick. You have to block the installation of meters, put hundreds of thousands on the streets and refuse to pay. If you want something done about homelessness don’t […]

The Labour Party & Coalition- A Poisoned Chalice

Derry People Before Profit member and student activist, Michael Arthur, looks at the left's experience of coalition governments and why it has failed to advance the cause of left in Ireland.

The Labour Party & Coalition- A Poisoned Chalice

Derry People Before Profit member and student activist, Michael Arthur, looks at the left’s experience of coalition governments and why it has failed to advance the cause of left in Ireland: The current political situation in Irish politics has changed dramatically and there is now the first real chance of a genuine left-wing breakthrough since […]

Will the centre hold?

Will the centre hold?

In his speech on the Budget Paschal Donoghue said that it was ‘the job of those in the middle ground of Irish politics to show that things won’t just fall apart, the centre can hold.’ In the same vein Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath said how “vital it is that the centre holds”. Apart from the reference […]

Who are the Populists?

Who are the Populists?

  In politics there’s always something to be learned from the names you are called by your opponents.   A few weeks ago the label of choice for the serious left, primarily the Anti-Austerity Alliance –People Before Profit, was ‘the Trots’ i.e. followers of the Russian revolutionary, Leon Trotsky. Then it was ‘extremists’ in contrast […]

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

The demand for jobs – for the right to work – has always been fundamental for trade unionists, for socialists and for the whole working class movement. The simple fact is that having a job is vital for lifting working people out of dire poverty, giving them a sense of self esteem, linking them to […]

Corruption and capitalism

Corruption and capitalism

For the last thirty or forty years it has been clear that professional sport is riddled with drug taking.. From North American sprinters such as Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis, Florence Griffiths Joyner and Marion Jones to Chinese long distance runners, to the whole East German team in the 1980s to the Russian and Kenyan Athletics […]

What is Fascism?

Is Trump a fascist? It is a reasonable question to ask given that Trump is a right wing racist, misogynistic, homophobic, imperialist bigot and bully and that there is also no shortage of people willing to call him a fascist.

What is Fascism?

Is Trump a fascist? It is a reasonable question to ask given that Trump is a right wing racist, misogynistic, homophobic, imperialist bigot and bully and that there is also no shortage of people willing to call him a fascist. In actual fact he’s not: he’s a right wing racist, misogynistic, homophobic, imperialist bigot and […]