Socialist Democracy

Next To Starting a War The Worst Thing Is To Keep It Going

06/12/22 (Socialist Project)

T​he complex nature of the war in Ukraine, and especially of the question of the relative responsibility of the different parties, has made difficult the mobilization of a powerful antiwar movement. A part of the left even opposes an immediate ceasefire and the resumption of negotiations, which were cut short abruptly at the end of March. The object of this article is to shed additional light on the war with a view to helping the opponents of imperialism to adopt an enlightened position.  (read more)

RISE convention on Ukraine

06/12/22

On Sunday 4th December the Irish group RISE held an International Zoom debate on: Ukraine - how should socialists respond? RISE are to be congratulated on mobilising over 160 activists for this discussion, however the discussion ultimately failed. The immediate problem was the structure of the debate. There were four speakers who were then immediately given time to reply to each other. No-one did so, merely repeating earlier arguments, so only a small number of comments were taken from the audience and therefore there was almost no debate.  (read more)

Cop 27

01/12/22

November 2022's climate conference in Egypt was a disaster. Not only did it not produce any real progress, it was used to greenwash the Egyptian regime and saw an influx of delegates from big oil. The main achievement was to promise compensation for poorer countries most at risk, but these promises have been made before and not acted on.  (read more)

The Road to Palestinian Liberation and an End to Zionism Runs Through Cairo, Baghdad, Damascus and Riyadh

29/11/22 (azvsas blog)

40 years ago Alexander Haig, Reagan’s Secretary of State described Israel as "the largest American aircraft carrier in the world that cannot be sunk". Given that central to US military doctrine has been the creation of unsinkable island aircraft carriers, from Pacific atolls to Iceland and even Britain, this explains more than anything why the United States funds Israel’s military to the tune of $4 Billion a year.  (read more)

Jacobin Is Wrong: The Midterms Were Not a Socialist Wave

20/11/22 (Left Voice)

Democrats’ elation is understandable. But something curious is also happening: some on the Left are claiming that there was a different kind of red wave — of socialism, that is. Jacobin proclaimed that “the elections were one of the best the Left has had in memory,” and DSA claimed the organization — and the progressive movement — had “racked up wins.”   (read more)

The Yank: A Review

27/11/22

At first when I heard about this book, I thought it would be some spoof by a wannabe and wasn’t inclined to take it
seriously. That was a mistake. The Yank is an entertaining and informative tale of the exploits of a Yank who joined the
IRA. That in itself would be a story worth telling, except John Crawley’s life in the IRA was no ordinary story. He comes
across as a committed and dedicated Irish republican and even a veritable James Bond, though he might not like the
comparison with the fictional agent of British imperialism and murder at her majesty’s request.  (read more)

Videos

Gender identity ideology

Presentation by Orla Ni Chomhrai on why socialists should oppose a dogma which undermines women's rights, gay rights, free speech, and science.

18 October 2021