Forty-five million people have been infected by Covid-19 globally, with over one million tragically losing their lives. The UK has now surpassed 1.37 million cases, with around 52,000 deaths. In Northern Ireland, we have reached 46,359 cases and 846 deaths. While there are promising signs that effective vaccines may be available in the near future, there is evidence that new strains of the virus are rapidly emerging. There are also serious questions about how rapidly, efficiently and equally vaccination programmes will be rolled out.
The pillars of capitalist rule such as the IMF, World Bank and EU are announcing extraordinary economic measures to deal with the economic and social consequences of the Covid-19 crisis that will affect the balance of class forces and struggle and vice versa.
A socialist society based on solidarity and collaboration would elevate the arts to another plane – a far greater level of significance and development than that which is possible in our current, profit-driven system
The discussion about how a planned economy would work is a crucial one for the workers’ movement and the oppressed.
Covid-19 has turned the world upside down, making all that was considered impossible now seem possible. In the context of a new crisis for capitalism and the undermining of the neoliberal order globally, the ideas of the liberal economist John Maynard Keynes will increasingly gain traction in terms of the policies of capitalist governments, writes Cillian Gillespie.
On the tenth anniversary of his death, we re-publish the following obituary of Peter Hadden, a leading member of the Socialist Party and our International, who played a key role in developing a Marxist understanding of the national question in Ireland.
Debenhams Ireland workers were sacked by email on Easter Thursday — just two days after the company had assured them their jobs were safe. Such callous indifference to workers — some with decades of service going back to Roches Stores and the launch of Debenhams into Ireland in 1996.