The May issue of Socialist Voice is now available online.
As Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael agree to set up another committee to manage the affairs of the rich, water charges and Irish Water have been used as a political football between them. In this centenary year it just goes to show that James Connolly got it right when he wrote: “If you remove the English army to-morrow and hoist the Green Flag over Dublin Castle, unless you set about the organisation of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain.
Opinion: Two strategies: Connolly’s (1916) and Sinn Féin’s (2016): D. R. O’Connor Lysaght
James Connolly is presented as the ideological inspiration of the majority of the politically committed in the 26-county Republic of Ireland. Of that state’s four main parties, only Fine Gael would deny him this role, tracing its roots to a compost of John Redmond and Michael Collins. Its rivals, Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, and Labour, each describe themselves as the keeper of Connolly’s flame.
Tories’ attack on doctors is only the beginning: Tommy McKearney
Do you, like me, subscribe to the view that Britain’s Conservatives are an unscrupulous lot, forever searching for new ways to make the rich even richer? With this in mind, and in spite of the absence of documentary proof, it strikes me that the intensely bitter dispute between junior doctors in Britain and the Tories’ secretary of state for health, Jeremy Hunt, is about more than just pay.
Time to get rid of special courts: Paul Doran
With the election now over, the issue of the Special Criminal Court has been largely forgotten—that is, unless you are stuck in one of Europe’s most disgusting prisons, namely Port Laoise, where “slopping out” is still the practice.
Irish GDP: The great con trick: Eoghan M. Ó Néill
Capitalism has been in stagnation for decades. Economic growth has been sluggish, rarely rising above 2 per cent. Ireland, on the other hand, is once again the poster economy of capitalism. Having cast off the shameful remnants of the “Celtic Tiger” years and the financial crisis of 2008, Ireland is once again an economic powerhouse, with the growth in its gross domestic product (GDP)
“After all, the fight to avoid a catastrophic outcome to this crisis engendered by capitalism is the fight to safeguard the material conditions for survival with dignity of humankind . . . Socialism is not possible on a scorched Earth.”—Alexandre Costa.¹
Books: The radicalism of Swift: Jenny Farrell
Almost everybody in Ireland has at some point read Jonathan Swift’s book Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World by Lemuel Gulliver (1726). No doubt readers of Socialist Voiceknow that at some levels Swift’s brilliant satire targets the relationship of Britain and its colony, Ireland.
Climate change scam: Tomás Mac Síomóin
As the unprecedented series of winter rainstorms indicate, Ireland is not immune to radical climate change. The increase in temperature of the South Atlantic, from which most of our rain comes, enhances evaporation from the ocean’s surface, hence the formation of rain-bearing clouds that are carried towards us by the prevailing winds.
The Marxist alternative to capitalism:Nicola Lawlor
Peter Hudis, Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2013)
Marx, quite correctly, didn’t leave a blueprint for socialism. His primary aim was to study and reveal the true workings of capitalism, the dominant socio-economic, political and cultural system, and how it reproduced itself. However, in doing this Marx did see how capitalism would evolve and ultimately give rise to a future society, socialism or communism, born out of and replacing capitalism through the logic of capitalism itself
It is estimated that more than 200 million women and girls in thirty countries have undergone female genital mutilation.