The November Socialist Voice is now available online
In this issue:
The Right2Water struggle, which began in the communities and has now developed into a powerful national force, has pushed the government back, and still retains the potential to defeat water charges and secure a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the public ownership of water.
This demand must remain our primary focus, and it can be won, regardless of electoral outcomes.
Vulture funds: Multi-headed dogs of the dead! | Nicola Lawlor
We have heard a lot about Cerberus in recent times in relation to NAMA and IBRC and the purchase of “distressed assets” and housing and commercial developments, particular to do with Project Eagle in the North of Ireland.
Monopoly capitalism and the Irish economy | Kieran Crilly
Introductory orthodox economics is dominated by the concept of what is called “perfect competition.” This is based on four assumptions. (1) The industry or sector has a large number of small firms that cannot affect the price of the goods if they increase or decrease production.
Mega-mergers and monopoly capitalism | Nicola Lawlor
A definition of a “mega-merger” is “the joining of two large corporations, typically involving billions of dollars in value.” The mega-merger creates one corporation that may maintain control over a large proportion of the market within its industry. Mega-mergers occur through the acquisition, merger, consolidation or combination of two existing corporations. They differ from traditional mergers because of their scale.
Vulture capitalism at work | Alan Hanlon
Earlier this year, on 12 June 2015, Clery’s department store was closed down and the locks changed, with the loss of 130 jobs and about 300 operators of franchises.
Clery’s was an iconic store, known throughout the country, the main shop in the main street of the capital city.
American unemployment: The real and the bogus | Bernard Murphy
The American economy is the model of what neo-liberal pundits in Ireland and elsewhere believe a progressive modern economy should be. Hence, the international corporate media circus has been trumpeting the glad tidings: the American end-of-summer unemployment figures are down to 5 per cent
The real structure of the Irish economy | Kieran Crilly
In this article we analyse different branches of the Irish economy according to the dominance of one firm or a small number of firms.
This sector is dominated by five firms: Supervalu, Dunne’s, Tesco, Aldi, and Lidl.
Anti-fascist conference in Athens | Bill O’Brien
A conference on the rise of fascism in Ukraine took place on 10 and 11 October in Athens. Representatives from many countries took part in this large event.
The 85 richest individuals in the world have as much wealth as the poorest 3½ billion. The world is grossly unequal, and is becoming more and more so.
Letter from Havana | Seán Joseph Clancy
As I write here on the 27th of October an overwhelming majority of 193 member-states of the United Nations, at their General Assembly in New York:
With the support of 191 of the 193 member-states of the United Nations, the General Assembly voted in a new resolution on the 27th of October for an end to the US blockade against Cuba.
Water for the people, not for corporate profits! | Paul Doran
All across the globe, facilitated by the World Bank, country after country has had its water privatised. Many large corporations use the vast resources of the African continent to pillage water and then sell if off in their European subsidiaries, and make huge profits. Nestlé is one of these companies.
In the parliamentary election in Catalunya on 27 September the independista Junts (“Together”) won 62 of the 68 seats required to have an absolute majority.