Socialist Ideas & Theory

Socialists must back Catalan struggle for self-determination

Editorial from The Socialist by Tony Saunois (Committee For A Workers International – CWI) The dramatic events that have shaken Catalonia and the Spanish state have national and international implications. The decision of the Spanish government – led by the right-wing PP government under Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy – to implement Article 155 of the constitution and end the autonomy ...

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Savage police violence met with resistance from Catalan people

Statement by Izquierda Revolucionària [Revolutionary Left], CWI in Spain, 2/10/2017 For a general strike on 3 October against repression and for the right to decide! Thousands of police and civil guards carried out savage repression in Catalonia to try to prevent the right to vote in the referendum on 1 October. The state forces smashed glass doors of schools used ...

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North Korea: Nuclear stand-off – dangerous escalation of Washington and Pyongyang conflict

By Niall Mulholland   The North Korean bomb test on 3 September, the most powerful yet, and the bellicose reaction of the US, underlines the volatile and dangerous situation in the peninsula and entire region. The huge blast in the north of the country was felt in South Korea and China. The regime claimed it was a hydrogen bomb, up ...

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Venezuela: the capitalist offensive – has socialism failed?

By Tony Saunois An international campaign by capitalist politicians and media has been unleashed against president Nicolás Maduro’s Venezuelan government. It has been used by Labour’s Blairista right wing to try to weaken Jeremy Corbyn. In Spain, the spectre of Venezuela has been held up as a warning of what a Podemos-led government would mean. The close links of Podemos ...

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How the Single Market blocks socialist policies

By Pete Watson, Nottingham Socialist Party The European Single Market is a major barrier to any incoming socialist or anti-austerity government. The capitalist establishment across Europe is wedded to privatisation and austerity. And it can rely on Single Market treaties and EU law to impede nationalisation and state investment while ramping up privatisation. The 2009 Lisbon Treaty is the legal ...

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The Single Market: a neoliberal tool of the bosses

Hannah Sell Fight for a socialist Brexit Theresa May’s four-week holiday is drawing to a close. She is returning to an autumn of watching her party tear itself apart over the EU. Following her humiliating general election campaign she really is a ‘dead prime minister walking‘; powerless to be more than a passive bystander in the Tories’ civil war. According ...

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Marx’s Capital at 150: an unequalled analysis and critique of capitalism

Robin Clapp, Socialist Party National Committee The Daily Mail reacted with predictable hysteria when, in May 2017, John McDonnell stated: “You can’t understand the capitalist system without reading Marx’s Das Kapital.” When asked to immediately condemn his shadow chancellor, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn refused to do so and correctly added that Marx was “a great economist”. These endorsements are a ...

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