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Socialism the Podcast offers a Marxist approach to the big issues we face in a world of capitalist crisis. Fighting for jobs, homes and public services for all. From strikes and mass movements through to community campaigns, history and theory. We shine a light on the struggles of workers and young people, and discuss the strategy for a socialist fightback.
 
Revolution. Socialism. Podcast. News. Views. Conversations. Media Criticism. MASS ACTION is a podcast and publications platform for socialist and working-class propaganda, news, views, conversations and more. MASS ACTION is anti-imperialist and anti-racist. MASS ACTION is joined with all mass movements for justice, joined to the revolutionary movement to defeat capitalism and replace it with Socialism. Why MASS ACTION? The planet and its people are facing The Great Crisis. The people of the ...
 
Each episode will focus on a different aspect or example of the general theme. Our kick-off frame is the awkward position that progressives find themselves in. It seems obvious, at least to a significant portion of Leftists, that “working within the Democratic Party” has to be part of any realistic strategy for making substantive, social democratic or radical change in the United States. What is far less clear is what this means practically, in terms of organization and elections. For many y ...
 
April 1919. Tanks on the streets of Limerick. Workers on strike. A soviet declared. The workers control prices and produce food. They even have their own police force and money. Listen to this amazing true story of popular revolt, betrayal, and a city that defied an empire. Hosted by Cian Prendiville & Aprille Scully. Cian and Aprille are socialist activists in Limerick, and members of Solidarity and the Socialist Party. A former city councillor, Cian lead the anti-water charges movement in ...
 
Marxist University 2020 was a four-day online school hosted on July 25-28 2020 by the International Marxist Tendency (IMT), devoted to defending revolutionary socialist ideas, and educating workers and youth in Marxist theory! Capitalism is going through the most serious crisis in its history. The coronavirus pandemic, the rise of mass unemployment and the increasing tensions between nations, reveal a system at a dead end. Amidst all this apparent chaos, only the theory and method of Marxism ...
 
The Communist Manifesto was conceived as an outline of the basic beliefs of the Communist movement. The authors believed that the European Powers were universally afraid of the nascent movement, and were condemning as "communist," people or activities that did not actually conform to what the Communists believed. This Manifesto, then, became a manual for their beliefs.In it we find Marx and Engel's rehearsal of the idea that Capital has stolen away the work of the artisan and peasant by buil ...
 
The Communist Manifesto was conceived as an outline of the basic beliefs of the Communist movement. The authors believed that the European Powers were universally afraid of the nascent movement, and were condemning as "communist," people or activities that did not actually conform to what the Communists believed. This Manifesto, then, became a manual for their beliefs.In it we find Marx and Engel's rehearsal of the idea that Capital has stolen away the work of the artisan and peasant by buil ...
 
A podcast looking at Left politics in Ireland from the Irish Left Archive. We talk to activists, writers, historians, politicians and others involved in Left organisations and movements about their experiences of participating in Left parties and campaigns; Left publications and political documents they've been involved in; and the history and development of progressive politics in Ireland. We also look at the role of the Irish Left Archive and similar informal projects. The podcast is hoste ...
 
The Pledge of Allegiance was the origin of the fascist gesture used under the Third Reich. The pledge caused nazi behavior in the USA too. Francis Bellamy was the author of the pledge and the origin of the Hitler salute that was used in the early pledge's ritualized daily mechanical indoctrination. The early pledge began with a military salute that was then extended outward to point at the flag. In practice the second gesture was performed palm-down. It was not an ancient Roman salute (a deb ...
 
Just two women's soccer fans who get together every other week or so and discuss, argue, or hypothesize about various things in the women's soccer world. Very NSFW. We're not journalists or bloggers, we're not even writers. Just two fans getting together to shoot the shit. And drink. When you're here, you're family Give us feedback on twitter or just leave us a comment here. https://twitter.com/thrace https://twitter.com/gabpdx
 
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How should socialists respond to the dramatic crisis in the US?On Wednesday 6 January 2021, Trump supporters - some armed - invaded Congress. It was the culmination of the loose-cannon president’s desperate attempts to overturn the election result. But the US capitalist class is used to inflicting humiliations like this on the rest of the world – n…
 
Solidarity 578, 20 January 2021, part 3 of 3, pages 17-24. Articles include:The British far right in 2020Right-winger Coyne declares for Unite electionCouriers: push the courts, organise at workRequisition big pharma!Dissolving Labour's policiesAnother setback for Labour in ScotlandCare workers strike 15-17 JanuaryHas picketing been banned?Barnolds…
 
Solidarity 577, 13 January 2021, part 2 of 3, pages 10 to 19. Articles include:Help sex workers organise!Workers' control and school safetyGrades in 2021An Open Letter to my fellow Labour councillorsToday farce, tomorrow tragedy?Will Trump pay for his crimes?The USA needs to be made a proper democracy6 January 2021, 6 February 1934The organised far…
 
In this episode we talk to Laura Broxson. Laura is an activist focused on animal rights and founder of the National Animal Rights Association (NARA). NARA is a non-hierarchical organisation, taking a radical animal rights and vegan perspective. We’ll discuss how Laura came to activism and founding NARA; the anti-fur and hare-coursing campaigns in w…
 
Solidarity 577, 13 January 2021, part 1 of 3, pages 1 to 9. Articles include: Rishi Sunak tries to hide plans to cut Universal CreditTo beat the pandemic, beat poverty: good sick pay for all!Starmer wraps himself in the flagCondemn Starmer u-turn on free movementStorming the Capitol: strange comparisonsActivist agendaChinese policy is eugenics, not…
 
What is the outlook for class struggle in Britain in 2021?The pandemic was a world-shattering turning point. All the weaknesses of capitalism were laid bare in 2020. But in few countries more so than Britain.The nightmare which began in 2020 has not been limited to public health, but has infected the already-ailing world economy – with British capi…
 
Solidarity 577, 13 January 2021, part 3 of 3, pages. Articles include:Vaccine nationalism in IsraelTowards telecoms strike in BT?Barnoldswick workers consider offerDeliveroo goes to the stock marketMcAnea wins in Unison"Everyone is a bit frazzled" (Diary of a Tube worker)American fascism on filmCovid-safety on TubeWithdraw "conditionality"! (John M…
 
🎥We’re live! Tune into our SWP TV live discussion on 'Dangerous times - After Trump, is the nightmare over' with: • Mike Davis, author & historian in the US • Virginia Rodino, activist in Baltimore & Marx21 US 👉🏽 Watch on Facebook 👉🏽 Watch on YouTube Join us here: swp.org.uk Get the latest news at: socialistworker.co.uk Music by James Pettefar…
 
Solidarity 576, 6 January 2021, part 2 of 3, pages 9 to 15. Articles include:Raise voices against the Evans-Starmer purge!Shapurji Saklatvala: a revolutionary trailblazerMarcus Garvey, model capitalist?"Progressive alliance" or socialist politics?More online: https://workersliberty.org/publications/solidarity/solidarity-576-6-january-2021…
 
We’re back after a taking break for a few months, so this is just a quick update on the podcast and the Irish Left Archive project. We’ll have full episodes with more guests coming out fortnightly, starting next week. One of the new elements we’ve added to the site in recent months is to start a collection of personal accounts and recollections fro…
 
When we attempted to upload 575 part 1 previously, we accidentally uploaded a duplicate of an older file. Sorry! This is the correct one. Solidarity 576, 6 January 2021, part 1 of 3, pages 1 to 8. Articles include:Support British Gas strikers39 Labour MPs rebel on Tory Brexit dealBack Tories' Brexit deal? Morning Star says it doesn't matter!Now fre…
 
What do young people need today - and how can they fight for it?Last summer, massive, young, working-class protests exploded around the world after the murder of George Floyd, and other appalling incidents of racism and police violence. But it's not just these issues that angered young people.In the US, Britain and around the world, the youth are s…
 
Solidarity 576, 6 January 2021, part 3 of 3, pages 16 to 24. Articles include:Afghanistan: expect anything except peaceSecond wave of Covid-19 in prisonsLeo Panitch, 1945-2020Top 1% dominate wealthRent strikes at 40 universitiesCouriers: half a step forwardHelp couriers' strike fundCleaners at Great Ormond St win in-house statusIndustrial reports: …
 
The crisis-ridden US has two options: socialism or barbarism. In the run-up to last year’s election, the United States was faced with a litany of crises. This episode was recorded during the run-up - but Biden’s election changes little. Like many capitalist economies, the US had to partly suspend production in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. …
 
Season 1, Episode 6 "The Biden Prospect: a Conversation with Robert Kuttner" In which we hear Bob Kuttner, editor of American Prospect, offering a detailed scorecard on the emerging Biden cabinet, and the potential for executive action and legislation that can offer hope — and that can focus grassroots activism.…
 
80 years on from Trotsky’s assassination: can they kill his ideas?Lev Davidovich Bronstein, better known as Leon Trotsky, was murdered on 21 August 1940. What was Stalin so afraid of? And why do capitalist commentators still try to bury Trotsky’s ideas today?Earlier this year, the Committee for a Workers’ International published a new book, and Soc…
 
Solidarity 575, 9 December 2020, part 3 of 3, pages 9 to 13, and the box on page 21 through to page 24. Articles include:GCSE chaos: abolish the grades!Democracy and the labour movementDebating the "Swedish Model"High Court rules against trans youthThe last years of Marcus GarveyBosnia-Herzegovina: 25 years after DaytonMunicipal polls show some cha…
 
Solidarity 575, 9 December 2020, part 1 of 3, pages 1 to 8. Articles include:Tell the truth against Brexit!A dozen or more rent strikesJohnson: not anti-EU enough?A socialist-feminist take on Xmas filmsVaccination and the frontline workersRacism behind the deportationsNo longer hating Brexit?Belarus revolt: stalled, but will reviveMore: https://wor…
 
Solidarity 574, 2 December 2020, part 2 of 3, pages 9 to 15. Articles include:New focus on Nation-State LawLabour suspensions spreadYoung Labour stands firmAntisemitism overstated?"Love jihad": why Hindu fascists are attacking NetflixGeneral strike in IndiaThe Potentate and the BrotherhoodUS unionists pass historic general strike voteTrump trashes …
 
What are the roots of women’s oppression?Thousands of years ago, early human societies lived without economic classes or gender oppression. Life was basic, precarious and sometimes brutal. But all contributed what they could to producing the necessities of life, and men and women had an equal say and social status. How did humans move from this to …
 
Tubeworker and Off The Rails - two rank-and-file bulletins published by Workers' Liberty - hosted an online meeting on 19 November 2020. These are the two opening speeches, from TWU Local 100 Fightback's John Ferretti and Vermont socialist Traven Leyshon. Videos: https://workersliberty.org/story/2020-12-10/video-us-rail-workers-struggles-wake-presi…
 
Solidarity 574, 2 December 2020, part 3 of 3, pages 16 to 24. Articles include:The digital, Covid and new ways of livingNeurodivergent Labour builds on successful first yearHair dye and RapunzelWin for Manchester studentsStop the plane!Interview: What happened in Labour on BrexitShutting down all the appsChasing the conservativesBarnoldswick worker…
 
Solidarity 574, 2 December 2020, part 1 of 3, pages 1 to 8. Articles include:Sunak plans for mass povertyLabour must oppose a Tory Brexit deal!In the bleak midwinter"Whataboutery" on China and the Uyghurs200 protest in HavanaFight job cuts in retailFlogged for demanding reinstatementAgainst Leviathan, a workers' planSuspend "thousands and thousands…
 
Solidarity 573, 25 November 2020, part 2 of 3, pages 9 to 16. Articles include:Virus: getting through the monthsMacron's sledgehammer and the nutLetters: Cronyism and capitalism; Chilean democracy and political partiesMarcus Garvey and the socialists"The most learned man in Europe"Stalinist's shameful behaviour on jobs demoMike Perkins, 1932-2020Uk…
 
How did Engels explain the scientific approach to socialism?Today, there are socialists who argue that rational arguments, or moral appeals, or new technologies, or localised socialistic community projects, can defeat capitalism. These ideas are not new. Unfortunately, they have all been disproven in theory and practice.These well-meaning approache…
 
What did Engels have to say about the housing crisis?Cramped homes. Extortionate costs. Rip-off landlords. Rising homelessness. Projects to upgrade areas just used to force workers and poor people out. Meanwhile, posh new houses lie empty.It could be any major town or city in the 21st century. But it was all described by Friedrich Engels back in th…
 
Solidarity 573, 25 November 2020, part 3 of 3, pages 17 to 24. Articles include:Hitler's unwilling citizensLabour retreats on Ofsted and primary testsStudent rent strikes spreadSheffield couriers strike"This can inspire workers in all workplaces"British gas workers fight "fire and rehire"Skewed from the startDiary of an engineer: Two conversationsK…
 
Solidarity 573, 25 November 2020, part 1 of 3, pages 1 to 8. Articles include:Brexit is a step backwardsAfter Corbyn reinstatement: now, a political offensive against antisemitismMorning Star still dismisses antisemitism complaints as right-wing inventionBetterment without emancipation?Four climate futuresTest and trace workers don't get isolation …
 
Sweeping cuts are now taking place and are expected in local authorities across the UK, but neither Labour nor the left are prepared for this. If Labour does not take up the fight it will have much less chance of winning back working-class voters, and importantly, saving the jobs and services we all rely on.Josh Lovell, a Labour Party councillor (i…
 
Solidarity 572, 18 November 2020, part 2 of 3, pages 9 to 16. Articles include:Poor peace for ArmeniaOrban targets LGBT peopleSuspended just for discussingTUSC embraces Chris WilliamsonFour points from NEC poll"Pluralist" is not "bipartisan"Interview: What happened in Labour on BrexitGangster rap! Lenin and Joe ColomboFighting Trumpism: the next fo…
 
Intro speeches from 15 December on "After the US election, which way for the left?" by Ruth Cashman, Workers' Liberty; Thomas Harrison, New Politics Editorial Board (personal capacity); and Robert Cuffy, Guyanese socialist based in New York, member of DSA and the Socialist Workers Alliance of Guyana. From a meeting of the same name, future meetings…
 
Solidarity 572, 18 November 2020, part 3 of 3, pages 17 to 24. Articles include:Schools: workers' control vs closureMore student battles brewingLosses for communalists in BosniaNEU support staff call for rightsDefend Cetin AvsarCourt win for "gig" workersDiary of a Tube worker: A bonfire comingRight to picketKino Eye: An "epidemic" filmScrap all GC…
 
Solidarity 572, 18 November 2020, part 1 of 3, pages 1 to 8. Articles include:Reorganise the Labour leftStriking to win at BarnoldswickNot a class actLetter: Priorities against TrumpThirteen murdered working-class womenNew move on electric carsDefend the right to protestThe harm of social mediaChile votes for new constitutionFrench teachers strikeM…
 
What can the horrors of industrialisation teach socialists today?175 years ago, Britain was the most advanced capitalist country on the planet. Leaps forward in industry created huge productive power and riches for the capitalists.Radicals looked to Britain as a way forward for society following revolutionary movements against the old feudal rulers…
 
Solidarity 571, 11 November 2020, part 2 of 2, pages 10 to 18. Articles include:Back to the lockdown, then forward to...?How myths of "Jewish domination" have infected the leftPoland: too early to celebrateLetters: Right to stick in Labour; Langston Hughes set to musicPandemics and the drives of capitalMore online: https://workersliberty.org/solida…
 
Who was Friedrich Engels and what were his ideas?Marxism, originally called ‘scientific socialism’, takes its name from Karl Marx. But Marx didn’t work alone in developing his ideas. His co-philosopher – and close friend – shares the credit for that historic work.How did these two giants of socialism come together? What led Engels to develop revolu…
 
Solidarity 571, 11 November 2020, part 3 of 3, pages 19 to 24. Articles include:Students organise towards JanuaryRolls-Royce workers strike for jobsStrike vote pushes care bosses to talkSchools and the second lockdownRMT: democracy neededDiary of a Tube worker: "I don't like to be any trouble"Kino Eye: Sunshine - a film about antisemitismWorkplace …
 
Solidarity 571, 11 November 2020, part 1 of 3, pages 1 to 9. Articles include:Socialist politics can push back TrumpismTrump's defeat: excerpts from the US leftBehind the scenes battle over Biden?Trumpism: down but not out"Green" goes beyond curbing carbonLukashenko's base narrowsIsrael demolishes Palestinian villageTo win the future, change the mo…
 
Solidarity 570, 4 November 2020, part 2 of 3, pages 7 to 12. Articles include:Lessons from the EHRC reportSocialism and charity: ending food povertyUS workers plan for Trump coupOnly the virtuous?Calibrating climate scenariosUniversities in lockdownMore: https://www.workersliberty.org/publications/solidarity/solidarity-570-4-november-2020…
 
Solidarity 570, 4 November 2020, part 1 of 3, pages 1 to 6. Articles include:Cash for the NHS and isolation pay!Now 50%-38% against BrexitBelarus: anger still spreadingBolivia: battle for democracyAnti-fascist or Russian imperialist?Letters: Risk of helping Trump win; Biden fails at first testRebecca: feminist failureWhy I rejoined the Labour Party…
 
Solidarity 570, 4 November 2020, part 3 of 3, pages 13 to 16, inside pages, back page. Articles include:QAnon is growing in the UKFree Hallel RabinDiary of an engineer: Lockdown, guilty, worry, lossesKino Eye: Looking for LangstonWorkplace and union reports: Royal Academy, Unison election, Sheffield couriersReinstate Richie VentonSadiq Khan's local…
 
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