Month: October 2017

Culture Current Affairs

Inventing the future

Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams offers a penetrating and timely critique of the failures of the Western left and puts forward an intriguing hypothesis for creating a society where the drudgery of work has been virtually abolished. The basic premise […]

Culture Socialism

A book for today

September 2017 is the 150th anniversary of the publication of the first volume of Das Kapital (Capital), the central work of Karl Marx (1818–1883) and the book that most influenced social and political thinking ever since. It has especial relevance today, describing, as it does, the labour relations of a […]

Culture History

A legacy of struggle for humanity

Käthe Kollwitz, whose work is on exhibition for the first time in the National Gallery of Ireland, was one of Germany’s greatest artists and sculptors. She stands tall among anti-war artists and champions of the dispossessed of our time.Kollwitz broke completely with bourgeois aesthetics and made the subjugated, humiliated working […]

Current Affairs Ireland

The Peadar O’Donnell Forum in Belfast

The Peadar O’Donnell Socialist Republican Forum has held another successful weekend political school, this time in Belfast, from the 22nd to the 24th of September. The weekend opened with a public meeting on “Brexit and the Irish working class.” Brexit has split much of the left and sections of the […]

Campaigns Ireland

Dump the bin charges!

Ever since the privatisation of bin collection, the collectors have been looking at ways to increase their profits. This is what privatisation is about: nothing to do with recycling, efficiency, or the environment; all about maximising profits. It’s called capitalism. The best way to reduce waste is to produce less […]

Campaigns Current Affairs

Repeal the Eighth!

Since the introduction of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution in 1983, pregnant people have been denied reproductive autonomy in Ireland. Despite sustained pressure on the state to abandon this edifice of inequality, successive governments have resisted change. Now the majority of people in Ireland, North and South, favour the […]

Campaigns Current Affairs

Brexit—who decides?

As the Brexit discussions between Britain and the European Union continue, the true nature of the EU becomes clearer by the day. The EU has been weakened, and its class character is being revealed. The subservient nature of the Irish establishment, and how little influence they have at the European […]