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Socialist Voice – January 2017 January 5, 2017

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4th January

The January issue of Socialist Voice is now available online: http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/index.html

Public housing—not social housing: Nicola Lawlor
As a solution to the housing, rent and homelessness crisis we need a massive public housing plan, with both new construction and the conversion of NAMA property into public housing.

Apollo House: A housing crisis by design: Eoghan M. Ó Néill

Frustrated at the failure of governments to tackle the problem of homelessness, a number of organisations under the umbrella of Home Sweet Home, including the Irish Housing Network, trade unions, and artists and musicians, have taken on the Government in an organised act of civil disobedience.
There are now 6,847 people without a home in Ireland. Nearly 2,500 of these are children. ……….

Monopoly capital, the budget, and housing in Dublin

A small number of builders and developers own the land zoned for housing around Dublin. They are the suppliers of housing, and they have control over supply.

The USSR: A loss to peoples everywhere: Nicola Lawlor

This year, workers and people all over the world will celebrate and look back to the great Russian Revolution of 1917, the victory of the Bolshevik Revolution, and the creation of a people’s socialist state.
Socialist Voice will no doubt publish many articles analysing the USSR and socialism more generally in the twentieth century, while the mainstream media will roll out a host of politically motivated anti-communists, concentrating on some real faults and failings but more often than not just spreading outright lies.

Make 2017 a year of hope, a year of resistance! Eugene McCartan

Are we now at the beginning of a growing and deepening political crisis of the system?
There are growing signs that the old order is under increased strains and pressures as working people feel the impact of austerity and a growing feeling that there is no end in sight.
Democracy: An impediment to capitalism: Eoghan M. Ó Néill

“The executive of the modern state is but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie.”
Marx wrote these words in the Communist Manifesto in 1848 and in so doing accurately described the role of capitalist liberal government. Over a century and a half later,…

More than an energy crisis: Tommy McKearney

The political crisis enveloping the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive is the result not only of an ill-designed and poorly administered grant for renewable energy but the inevitable product of a failing political entity.
This “cash for ash” scandal, as it is called, is the latest in a series of questionable projects and practices that go beyond merely undermining confidence in the North’s

Father Marx and the 8th amendment: Dan Taraghan

A “code of law is the blunt, unmitigated, unadulterated expression of the domination of a class.” (Frederick Engels to Conrad Schmidt, 1890.)
It is no harm, in view of the current debate on repealing the 8th amendment, to look at the background to its appearance.
The drive for abortion legislation in Ireland originated in the United States. American capitalists have an enormous influence in Ireland.
Paul Marx (1920–2010) was 15th in a family of 17 children from Minnesota.

The CPI on the eighth amendment

Submission of the Communist Party of Ireland to the Citizens’ Assembly on the eighth amendment to the Constitution of Ireland
16 December 2016

The Communist Party of Ireland requests that the Citizens’ Assembly give consideration to our views in your discussions on the eighth amendment to Bunreacht na hÉireann, its legal and human consequences, and how we should deal with these.
The Communist Party of Ireland participated in the original campaign in 1983 to oppose the eighth amendment, which inserted article 40.3.3 in the Constitution.

“Tussy is me”: Jenny Farrell

Rachel Holmes, Eleanor Marx: A Life (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014).
Reminiscing about Karl Marx in a letter to her soulmate Olive Schreiner, Eleanor Marx wrote: “Our natures were so exactly alike . . . I remember his once saying . . . talking of my eldest sister and of me . . . ‘Jenny is most like me, but Tussy (my dear old home name) is me.’”

A new geological epoch: Seán Edwards

Ian Angus, Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2016)
Scientific researchers studying climate change have come to the conclusion that the effects are so great that the earth has entered a new geological epoch, which they have named the Anthropocene. Ian Angus, in this book, sets out to explain the reason why. The existence of global warming and the threat of catastrophic climate change is now generally accepted as fact.


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