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What you want to say – 19 June 2019 June 19, 2019

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As always, following on Dr. X’s suggestion, it’s all yours, “announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose”, feel free.

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1. Paddy Healy - June 19, 2019

Global wealth: 1% own 48%;10% own 87%,Bottom 50% own less than 1%
Worldwide Growth of Inequality https://wp.me/pKzXa-1kO

90% are now not earning enough to save anything at all, especially to buy property and so build up wealth. The poor (that’s 90% of us) are getting poorer and the super-rich (0.1%) who rule the world are getting very much richer.

Michael Roberts Marxist Economist This time last year, I outlined the results of the Global Wealth report published by Credit Suisse Bank

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2. Paddy Healy - June 20, 2019

Necessary Anti-Climate Change Action to Be Dumped on Workers and The Poor As Petrol And Diesel to Be Increased in Budget

But Tax Relief for those on Huge Incomes to be Continued says Minister Donohoe
Irish Independent: ‘We want to force private motorists out of their cars’ Minister Shane Ross targets drivers.. Necessary Anti-Climate Change Action to Be Dumped on Workers and The Poor As Petrol And Diesel to Be Increased in Budget https://wp.me/pKzXa-oM

Ross Represents Dublin-Rathdown one of the wealthiest Constituencies in the Country. It is serviced by Dublin Bus and Luas. A short drive reaches DART and Mainline Train services The Irish Super-Rich, AWASH with Money, should be taxed to pay for FREE and Accessible Public Transport Everywhere in Ireland

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tafkaGW - June 24, 2019

Yep.

Which play directly into the hands of the even further right from Fine Gael, who will present climate action as a plot against the ‘little people’.

You can’t have effective collective action against global heating in the context of neoliberal capitalism. All that system can do is send market ‘signals’ like regressive sales tax hikes. Which is of dubious effectiveness when there is no alternative to fossil fuel use, and hits the poor hardest.

In a genuine social democratic context (to say nothing of a democratic socialist one) the income and wealth of the rich would be subject to an eco-tax used to create the public transport infrastructure needed to allow the (especially rural) poor to live without a car or two.

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Paddy Healy - June 24, 2019

absolutely correct!

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3. Starkadder - June 23, 2019

Disturbing news- Oregon’s State Capitol shut down after threats from
a far-right group, the Oregon Three Percent:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climatechange-oregon/oregon-capitol-building-closed-as-precaution-amid-partisan-dispute-idUSKCN1TN0PS

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WorldbyStorm - June 24, 2019

Jesus…

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4. tafkaGW - June 24, 2019

Comrade Coates if amusing here on Mélenchon’s excursion into Christian theology, on foot of the splits in the party/movement.

“La partie, c’est moi!”.

Mélenchon live is always good value, if only for the world-champion shrugging.

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5. Michael Carley - June 24, 2019
Paddy Healy - June 24, 2019

Not everybody knows that SPEW means Socialist Party of England and Wales Sister organisation of Socialist Party(Ireland) which motivates Solidarity which has 3 TDs

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Michael Carley - June 24, 2019

I assumed people on here would know that, and would be interested in what’s going on.

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WorldbyStorm - June 24, 2019

And you’d be right Michael – cheers for the link

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WorldbyStorm - June 24, 2019

“The biggest difficulty all revolutionary socialist projects face is pushing what are essentially insurrectionary politics in societies in which workers’ organisations have long been institutionalised, pacified and integrated into the smooth(ish) running of things. And where democratic habits of mind have been the common sense, at least as far as the UK goes, for well over a century.”

This strikes me as a robust analysis.

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tafkaGW - June 25, 2019

Yea – I don’t always agree with Phil (forgotten the last name) but that seemed pretty insightful. For instance:

The real crisis for the SP is exactly the same reason why all self-styled Leninist organisations around today are in crisis, and that’s because they are engaged in sect-building projects. Even at its height, for all the trouble and sleepless nights Militant caused Labour Party bureaucrats, even following its initial period of success at Liverpool City Council and the role played leading the Anti-Poll Tax Federation – achievements the SP ritually trumpets some 30 years after the fact – it amounted to no more than 8,000 members. And most of these vanished in the blink of an eye. These are issues shared with the disgraced Socialist Workers Party, who once boasted of having 10,000 members, and other moderately sized sects elsewhere. The SP and SWP are the lucky ones. Much smaller outfits never take off, despite differing politics and strategic orientations. Anyone been troubled by Workers Power since they wound themselves up and entered the Labour Party en bloc?

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6. Paddy Healy - June 24, 2019

Sorry I should have added that Socialist Party Ireland also drives the Cross Community Labour Alternative in the 6-Counties

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7. EWI - June 25, 2019

This is how NATO gets normalised and internalised into the culture of the military body presently claiming the title of ‘Óglaigh na hÉireann’.

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8. Phil F - June 26, 2019

Really interesting book on both the Border Campaign and also for the depiction of the life of the working masses of Dublin and rural Ireland.
https://theirishrevolution.wordpress.com/2019/06/25/in-review-michael-ryans-border-campaign/?fbclid=IwAR1ISACRIMZKrZBp0VSAUwJk42VnrZEFQoDNz3sXZVCGSf1OP-CTebOe598

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