Socialist Democracy

Socialist Democracy Statement 
on the Referendums on Family and Care


Swapping theology for identity politics is no advance for women

On March 8th, voters in the south of Ireland will go to the polls to vote on proposed amendments to the southern constitution.  The proposal is to delete/amend parts of Article 41 regarding the family as the basis of society and marriage as the institution that defines it, as well as other parts on the role of women in the home and insert a new clause on carers.  

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The fates of Gaza and Julian Assange are sealed together

23/02/24 (Jonathan Cook)

Two legal cases posing globe-spanning threats to our most basic freedoms unfolded separately in Britain and the Netherlands this week. Neither received more than perfunctory coverage in western establishment media like the BBC.  One was the last-ditch appeal of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in London against efforts by the United States to extradite him so he can be locked away for the rest of his life.    (read more)

Thinking of Sinn Féin, trying not to think of Palestine

22/02/24

To my surprise I have received some feedback from a Republican on my article Sinn Féin, the IRA and the betrayal of the Palestinians, published on this site
and elsewhere in which I took issue Sinn Féin’s abominable decision to fly to Washington to meet and greet Joe Biden, a man whose hands drip with
Palestinian blood. Though given the scale of the genocide, dripping with blood is an understatement as Palestinian blood gushes off his hands, like a burst
oil well. There were a number of points made, some of them more important than the others.    (read more)

Russia: five-year jail sentence for Boris Kagarlitsky

14/02/24 (In Defence of Marxism)

Two months after his release from jail, left-wing sociologist Boris Kagarlitsky was sentenced to five years in prison by a Russian appeals court. The Russian law enforcement system showed that it had made an uncommon error in releasing him, rather than showing a sign of a thaw.  As we already noted, Boris Kagarlitsky was released from custody on 12 December. On the same day, he re-entered activity. He took part in a YouTube stream in which tens of thousands of people could see and hear him.    (read more)

A new Brexit deal in Ireland

17/02/24 

Before discussing the latest attempt to cobble together another local administration, it is worth reminding
ourselves of the formal basis of the Good Friday Agreement when it was first introduced 25 years ago. That principle was "equality of the two traditions". The new agreement does not restore the GFA. It represents its abandonment by the British. Right away we see that equality is no longer a reference point. The British government has spent two years
constructing new legal formulations to resolve a factional dispute between currents in a single party which is
not even the largest party.(read more)

No endorsement of Genocide Joe!

17/02/24 

 On October 7th Israel mobilised for war with Gaza. The stated aims were to release hostages and eliminate Hamas.  It quickly became clear that the actual aim of the IDF was to eliminate Gaza itself and to ethnically cleanse the population.  The Israeli government openly boasts of this, but the Western press successfully ignore this in favour of Israeli propaganda.  (read more)

Sinn Féin, the IRA and the betrayal of the Palestinians

09/02/24

Following a peace process in which the armed group, which is not the same as an insurgency, demobilises and surrenders its weapons, we see clearly that what was most important were not the weapons but rather the ideas.  There is not a single example in the world where armed group did not surrender its political ideals along with its weapons.  The current crisis and the genocide in Gaza give us clear examples of both.     (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