Socialist Democracy

Book review: The Defeat of Ireland’s Civil Rights Movement John McAnulty (2018)

21/05/24

It shows its age in that much has happened since and not all as the writer predicted. However, it is worth bring it up to date since its essential message is the continuing failure of the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) to solve the problems of the north of Ireland. (Northern Ireland if you wish)  It is still a sectarian state. The benefits of the GFA have not filtered down to the working classes no matter how they self-identify. The beneficiaries have been the usual suspects, the political elites, the middles classes and big business.  (read more)

Belfast IPSC threatens critics of Sinn Fein

20/05/24

The controversy created by the platforming of a Sinn Fein speaker at a Palestine solidarity rally at the US consulate in Belfast over the St Patrick’s weekend continues to loom over the movement in the city.  There is no doubt that this incident has done huge damage and that has been evidenced by the dramatic fall off in attendees at events that have followed.  Once the weekly solidarity marches were drawing around three to four thousand now they struggle to reach one thousand.    (read more)

Eurovision: An exhibition of Irish Narcissisism and Opportunism

20/05/24

In the immediate aftermath of the Eurovision Song debacle an Irish academic wrote an article suggesting that the promotion of gender ideology and widespread use of pagan symbols could be interpreted as the ongoing rise of a quasi-religion around trans ideology.   That is what was suggested by the Irish contestant’s performance.  However, if we take that performance at face value, we miss some much more direct explanations for their behaviour that will tell us a great deal more about the trans current and the driving forces in Irish society.  (read more)

Dublin and Monaghan Bombings: A Legacy of Lies

19/05/24

Fifty years ago, on May 17th bombs exploded in Dublin and Monaghan killing 34 people.  The anniversary was marked in Talbot St. Dublin beside the monument erected in memory of those murdered on that day.  It was addressed by Michael D. Higgins, the southern president.[1]   He made a number of points in his speech, mixing his praise for the Good Friday Agreement and Elizabeth Windsor’s visit to Ireland with calls for the rights of the victims to know the full truth, oblivious to the inherent contradictions in his statement.  (read more)

Students Show The Way!

18/05/24

The genocide in Gaza has caused an outpouring of rage and grief across the world and waves of protests. Ireland has not been immune to this and we
have seen many protests, some big and others small. But it was not till the students at Trinity College took action that we have seen the first really powerful
action.  The students copied the protests which began at Columbia University in the USA. The spark spread like wildfire throughout the US with more than 130
universities seeing encampments or sit ins.   (read more)

Student protests upend hegemony on Israel and Palestine forever

09/05/24 (Middle East Eye)

The resounding collapse of freedom of expression and academic freedom in the United States over the last few months has not been seen since the McCarthyite 1950s and the violent suppression of Vietnam War protests in the late 1960s. Repressive campaigns also followed 9/11 and the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, primarily in the realm of law and surveillance and often waged on university campuses.     (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