‘A Workers Guide to Historical Capitalism’ – a political economy podcast

‘A Workers Guide to Historical Capitalism’ – a political economy podcast

By IBL team. A new podcast series aims to provide an overall view of the historical development of the capitalist system – a ‘people’s history’ of the world. Trademark Belfast is the anti-sectarian unit of the Irish labour movement, which has carried out political education for trade unionists and workers ...
Do Not Resuscitate Capitalism: Science in a time of pandemic

Do Not Resuscitate Capitalism: Science in a time of pandemic

By Helena Sheehan. Of the many dimensions of the present pandemic that is swamping our lives and suspending our normal reality, one of the most central has been the role of science. Every report on our all-virus-all-the-time news references science. The new media stars are epidemiologists, virologists, mathematicians, physicians and ...
CULTURE: Being a working class writer in Ireland

CULTURE: Being a working class writer in Ireland

By Dave Lordan. On the same Easter Week of the 1916 rising, a Charlie Chaplin lookalike competition was held in Dublin. Chaplin, well-known to be a socialist as well as the world’s leading entertainer at the time, had a mass following among the Dublin working classes. Truth be told, among ...
Being LGBT+ in the Traveller community: a personal reflection

Being LGBT+ in the Traveller community: a personal reflection

By Lois Brooks-Jones. I remember being sat on the armchair, nails diggings at the leather out of stress as a comfort. I was 14 years old and was preparing to tell my family that I am bisexual. I had known for years, trying to suppress myself due to a phobia ...
Neoliberalism is dead, long live neoliberalism!

Neoliberalism is dead, long live neoliberalism!

By Lisbeth Latham. Neoliberalism is a term which has entered the left lexicon over the past three decades, although in different countries it can have other analogous terms. While it is a term that the left has embraced, the right, and the advocates of what is commonly referred to as ...
Trotskyism today and Cold War hysterics

Trotskyism today and Cold War hysterics

By Fergal Twomey. “The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living. And just as they seem to be occupied with revolutionizing themselves and things, creating something that did not exist before, precisely in such epochs of revolutionary crisis they anxiously conjure up ...
Trade unionists can bring class politics to debate about united Ireland

Trade unionists can bring class politics to debate about united Ireland

By Ruairí Creaney. Irish unity is on the agenda. Across Ireland, it is being discussed in the media, at dinner tables and workplaces on a daily basis. While the endless calamity of a Brexit led by hard-right Tories, and the possibility of a hard border being imposed on our country ...
Her name is Jean: Court rules PSNI ‘lacks independence’ to investigate legacy murder

Her name is Jean: Court rules PSNI ‘lacks independence’ to investigate legacy murder

By Ciarán MacAirt. Jean Smyth-Campbell was shot dead in a car in a layby on the Glen Road, Belfast, just before midnight on 8th June 1972. Only for her family, she may have become another forgotten victim of our dirty war. Jean was a 24-year-old single mother of a six-year-old ...
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