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Socialist Voice – August August 2, 2017

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The Socialist Voice August addition now available online at: http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/index.html

Why we need a democratically controlled state bank

Eugene McCartan  http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/01-bank.html

The Irish state sold off 28 per cent of its shares in AIB, sparking a debate about the sale and about what the money raised from the sale should be used for.
But what was missing from the debate was any serious discussion about the democratic control by the people of capital (money), or how the people should actively determine investment priorities.

Pay cuts by another name

Dan Taraghan:  http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/02-cuts.html

Karl Marx in Capital (volume 3) stated: “The level of exploitation of labour, the appropriation of surplus labour and surplus value, can be increased by prolonging the working day and making work more intense.”
The Public Service Stability Agreement, 2018–2020, carries out both these actions. The public service, which employs 300,000 workers, may not be seen by those in the private sector as being subject to the same laws of capitalist exploitation as the private sector, but in fact the two are connected.

CETA is TTIP by the back door

Jimmy Doran : http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/03-CETA.html

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada was agreed and signed last October. It now has to be ratified by all twenty-seven national parliaments before it can be fully implemented.
In the meantime, however, it can be provisionally implemented, which will allow most of the arrangements to be brought into use now; and it’s looking increasingly likely that the Government is about to do this in the near future, despite the fact that Seanad Éireann has already rejected provisional application.

Jobstown activists vindicated

Paul Doran: http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/04-jobstown.html

The verdict by the courts in the politically motivated trial of the Jobstown Six was warmly welcomed among the many tens of thousands of people who are involved in the Right2Water movement.
Our protests have taken on many forms. In my own area of Clondalkin, for example, a group of women from Rowlagh decided that they had had enough, came together, and formed a group that attracted thousands of neighbours, from all walks of life.

Educate, agitate, organise

Eoghan O’Neill: http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/05-organise.html

Politics is often about language, and political movements need common language and slogans to act as a solidifier between the aspirations and goals of a movement and the individuals who take part in it.
Although Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party campaign has probably been analysed to death at this stage, it is nonetheless important to show how a simple slogan such as “For the many, not the few” can capture the mood of a movement.

106 ways to continue the assault on our planet

Johnny McGrath:  http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/06-planet.html

On 19 July the minister for communications, climate action and the environment, Denis Naughten, and the taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, published their “National Mitigation Plan,” containing 106 “actions.”
Well, not actions, really—or ideas, or plans: more like a list of 106 things, most of which are merely a continuation of Government,……..

Chronicle of a coup foretold?

Seán Edwards:  http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/07-venezuela-1.html

Latin America is the original seat of neo-colonialism. After the wars of liberation from Spanish colonial rule, power did not rest in the hands of those who had fought for it. The new ruling class lost no time in establishing a relationship with Britain, and later with the growing imperialist power of the United States, which came to regard the entire continent as its “back yard.”
Many times, the United States has intervened in Latin American states to ensure its continued dominance, even to the extent of installing fascist regimes, as in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil.

Report from Venezuela

How to improve on a “perfect” constitution while a fascist throws a petrol bomb at you

Paul Dobson:  http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/08-venezuela-2.html

The evening Hugo Chávez passed away, in between his tears a friend said to me that now the moment to get stuck in defending this process of changes in Venezuela had come, that now the hard battle was about to begin. And how right he was!
By the time this article is printed, and following President Maduro’s master move of convoking it, a new National Constituent Assembly should have been elected and installed to redraw Venezuela’s Constitution of 1999. This is no mean feat, as it comes in the midst of yet another wave of right-wing, terrorist action……..

No end to repression in Turkey

Adam Petrossian:  http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/09-turkey.html

Almost a year after the failed coup of 15 July 2015, the Turkish state has announced the holding of symbolic “Democracy Watches” both in Turkey’s eighty-one provinces and in its foreign missions around the globe.
A spokesperson for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Mahir Ünal, announced this policy, stating: “We are not searching for democracy in the streets, we are commemorating the heroes of that night who went out into the streets to defend our ideal democracy.”

An unbalanced history of the Spanish war

Alex Homits:   http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/10-spain.html

Antony Beevor, The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War, 1936–39 (2006).

Antony Beevor’s book on the war in Spain is an excellent starter guide for those with little to no knowledge of the general history of what led up to the war, the main actors, and the consequences. The book has great photographic references and a plethora of follow-up material for exploring in the index. For this it is commendable.
The author attempts to present the Spanish Civil War as impartially as possible, but unfortunately he cannot hide his disdain or bias against communism and the USSR.

The O’Flahertys, Ireland, and the Russian Revolution

Féile na bhFlaitheartach is a distinctive event in the cultural calendar of summer schools. It commemorates the lives of two Aran-born brothers who went into the world with a desire to change it.   Enthusiasts from different countries gather with the Inis Mór (Árainn) community to celebrate the O’Flahertys’ contribution to making the world a better place. Féile na bhFlaitheartach takes place on 26 and 27 August 2017 on Inis Mór. Programme details are available from the society’s Facebook page and Twitter.


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