Socialism and Trans Rights

What has the question of the rights of transgender people, trans women and trans men, got to do with socialism?

Socialism and Trans Rights

Actually it relates to two very fundamental socialist principles. The first is opposition to all forms of oppression in society. Our goal is a society of real equality in which all oppression of human beings by other human beings is ended. We believe that it is the struggle of the working class that is the […]

Catalonia and the National Question

The struggle for Catalan independence which has been raging all this autumn has proved controversial on the left.  

Catalonia and the National Question

By John Molyneux There have been those like the present writer, and People Before Profit , who have given full support to this struggle. There have been others who have said socialists and the left should be wary of supporting any form of nationalism. It has also been argued that the left should not support […]

It’s a hard rain!

Bob Dylan wrote his legendary song ‘It’s a Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall!’ in response to the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, when the world stood on the brink of nuclear war. 

It’s a  hard rain!

pic: Hurricane Irma By John Molyneux It was a prophetic song in which Dylan evoked in the most powerful poetic metaphors a world during or after a nuclear holocaust. By the skin of our teeth we avoided that fate in 1962 but now 55 years on we have another missile crisis over Korea and Dylan’s […]

How the Poor Die

It is not easy to write about Grenfell. The sheer horror of it: the burning tower in the night, people jumping to their deaths; the babies thrown from windows in desperation; families on their mobile phones knowing they wont get out.

How the Poor Die

To write about it you have to think about it and the thinking hurts. The matter is made worse by the fact that as I write, ten days after the fire, we still don’t know how many died. The official figure  – and it has been slowly but inexorably rising – is now 79. It […]

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 […]

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