In November 2022, Socialist Democracy accepted that we no longer had effective membership of the Fourth International. The decision comes after a long period of discussion and deep unease at where the FI is. Our motives for doing so are however, go back a long way. (read more)
We are publishing three pieces of correspondence between ourselves and the FI in the run up to our decision to leave and would welcome contributions around the reconstruction of the revolutionary movement both nationally and internationally.
A recent dispute between the SIPTU leadership and their
members in the water service marks a new offensive against workers as the
government, with the support of the union leadership, begins to reverse the
concessions made to the mass water charges campaign some years ago.
In August last year Cork workers protested that
the SIPTU leadership had reneged on a service level agreement that retained
their status as public sector workers. (read more)
At the end of February,
the British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, along with the President of the
European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, unveiled the Windsor Framework, an
agreement between the UK and EU aimed at resolving the issues of contention
arising from the NI Protocol. The
controversy around the NI Protocol had been ongoing since it came into being in
2019. (read more)
On Friday, the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague issued arrest warrants for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia’s commissioner for children’s rights, for alleged war crimes. The move is transparently political. It takes place as the US and NATO powers are orchestrating a massive escalation of the war against Russia over Ukraine, and amidst ever more open statements from government officials that the aim of the war is regime change in Moscow. (read more)
Four months into the ‘Woman, life, freedom’ uprising, the need to boost and broadcast the real voice of the Iranian revolution is ever more urgent. On the internal front, in the face of a deepening and expanding apparatus of repression against the revolutionaries, we should double up our efforts to raise the voice of freedom. Externally, with the intense activity of the usual mechanisms of biased, self-interested representation and advocacy from above, we should intensify our struggle against the distorted and one-sided reflection and translation of this voice. (read more)
Netflix’s All Quiet on the Western Front opens with an astounding five-minute cold open: in the French countryside, a German soldier known only as Heinrich is forced to climb out of his trench and charge, against gunfire and mortars, toward the enemy. As his comrades fall left and right, we don’t even see what happens to the faceless young man. After the title, we see Heinrich on top of a pile of dead bodies. The camera then follows his uniform: it is cleaned, repaired, and returned to Germany, then promptly handed over to the next wave of recruits. (read more)
The drugs issue in Colombia supposedly occupies the time of and is a concern to the government. It has been an important issue for all the governments and as was to be expected it is one that has come up again in the dialogues with the ELN, despite this organisation denying any links to the drugs trade. In the peace process with the FARC, agreement was reached on the issue. What was agreed to in Point 4 of the Havana Accord was abysmal and showed that the FARC did not understand the problem nor the possible solutions.
Defend a woman’s right to tell
the truth - 20/10/21
People before Profit student society calls for ‘no-platforming’ of feminists and LGB rights activists - 25/03/21
Puberty Blockers: An unregulated live experiment on children - 17/04/21
Vulnerable children being seen at Gender Clinics - 06/03/21
On the Reactionary Roots of Queer Theory - 28/02/21
A new front in human liberation, or a medical scandal in the making? - 09/01/21
Amnesty International Ireland opposes the right to free speech - 06/11/20
Gender Identity Ideology, the Trans Rights Movement, and homophobia - 27/09/20
Socialism, Feminism and transgender politics - 07/09/20
Socialist Democracy Statement on Coronavirus pandemic - 28/03/20
The promise and reality of vaccination -28/03/21
Herd immunity - myth and reality - 30/11/20
Coronavirus pandemic - a deepening health and economic crisis - 28/07/20
Protest, class conflict and Covid 19 - 06/05/20
Unionism’s silent shift on the pandemic - 16/05/20
Ideology and Science - 05/05/20
Big Pharma in Ireland - 24/04/20
Europe and the pandemic - 09/04/20
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
Discussion on the housing crisis with Brian Leeson of Eirigi and author Conor McCabe.
17 October 2021
Rayner O’Connor Lysaght Presente!
Irish Labour History Society
Emancipation, Liberation & Self-determination
Irish Republican Marxist History Project
The Pensive Quill
Irish Left Archive
Obituray from the Irish Independent
A selection of writings by Rayner can be found online at:
Arguments for a Workers' Republic
The Encyclopedia of Trotskyism
Red Mole Rising
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