Marxism and Gender Identity Ideology (5) – Believe as you’re told
Sráid Marx
by irishmarxism
10h ago
It’s always been said that if you’re going to tell a lie, tell a big one.  The more outrageous the better. It immediately requires a big denial that itself feels like it is making a big claim.  A big lie also has numerous and wide consequences, so denial equally requires a lot of follow-through. For many people the social opprobrium of denial is enough to impose silence and there are lots of incentives to keep schtum, including entreaties to ‘be kind’, be ‘on the right side of history’, not to be a bigot – or what seems to work better – not have anyone call you one.  ..read more
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The Northern elections point in only one direction Or do they?
Sráid Marx
by irishmarxism
1w ago
There are three take-aways from the Westminster election in the North of Ireland. First, Sinn Fein continued to make progress, defending its existing eight seats, including securing bigger majorities in a number of constituencies, and making gains in others that promise two more in the future.  It sealed its position as the biggest party in the Westminster elections, to rank alongside earlier local and Assembly successes, although small comfort for its failure in the local and European elections in the South a month ago. Second, the Alliance Party, as the main face of ‘others ..read more
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UK elections – who needs a majority?
Sráid Marx
by irishmarxism
1w ago
The Labour majority of over 170 seats with only 34% of the vote is the lowest-ever winning share.  With around one third of the vote it gained two thirds of the seats. The turnout of around 60% was a drop from 67% in 2019 and the second lowest since 1918, meaning around 80 per cent of those eligible to vote didn’t vote for Starmer, whose personal rating is a net minus of 6.  Even in his own constituency his vote fell dramatically, by 15.6%. His victory is due to the Conservatives having their worst ever result.  Polling indicated that 48% of those intending ..read more
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French elections: when Left unity is not such a good idea
Sráid Marx
by irishmarxism
2w ago
The second round of the French parliamentary elections on Sunday will determine whether the far-right Rassemblement National (RN) of Marine Le Pen will be able to win enough seats to form a majority government or perhaps do so in coalition with others.  Stopping this has become the priority for the French left, which has united in a New Popular Front, recalling that of the original in the 1930s.  It consists of La France Insoumise (LFI) led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the Socialist Party (PS), the French Communist Party (PCF), Greens and the New Anti-capitalist Party (NPA). To ..read more
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Marxism and Gender Identity Ideology (4) – looking at a progressive movement?
Sráid Marx
by irishmarxism
2w ago
We noted at the end of the previous post that there is a reason why it might be thought that the demands arising from gender identity ideology are regressive and reactionary, and for this reason should not be ignored. In his book ‘Trouble with Gender’ the philosopher Alex Byrne remarks that it is ‘tempting to search for some hidden meaning’ in the actions of one prominent supporter of the ideology – ‘a sign that the current trouble with gender ultimately makes sense, rather than being an inexplicable cultural spasm that will eventually recede into historical mist, leaving some wonde ..read more
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The British General election – what lies beneath?
Sráid Marx
by irishmarxism
3w ago
“Not only do the opinion polls say that Labour will win back working class areas in Northern England it lost in 2019, but it is also expected to do well in wealthy parts of the south that were once Tory heartlands.”  So read the full-page article in the Financial Times at the start of the week.  The reason?  “There’s only one answer to that: Brexit”, according to the Tory Chair of the House of Commons justice committee. One section of the Tory base is leaving while the other in the so-called Northern ‘Red Wall’ is also departing, and since only one thir ..read more
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Permanent Revolution (5) – the working class or ‘democratic capitalism’?
Sráid Marx
by irishmarxism
1M ago
Avi Ohayon/GPO As we noted in the previous post, the rejection of permanent revolution in practice is ultimately a result of the abandonment of any view that the working class and socialism are relevant. It is not that the objective prerequisites of socialism do not exist – in terms of development of the forces of production and creation of a large working class – but that this class is not conscious of its interests as a class and never will be.  Supporting Western imperialism in Ukraine or supporting Hamas in Gaza is a result. For defenders of these views, being on the right ..read more
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Irish elections (2) – the main story?
Sráid Marx
by irishmarxism
1M ago
The government gives money to NGOs to help refugees. The refugees buy tents because the government won’t provide accommodation, so the government spends money to destroy the tents. Photo: RTE The main story of the elections is that despite long-standing failures and some dissatisfaction the main governing parties, including the Greens, more or less held their own, illustrated in quick speculation that they will bring the date of the next general election forward. Together they won around half the first preference vote in the local elections and 46 per cent in the European.  This is ..read more
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Irish Elections (1) – Sinn Fein was the future once?
Sráid Marx
by irishmarxism
1M ago
For years Sinn Fein in the North was accused of acting as both government and opposition, enacting right wing policies in government while presenting itself as anti-establishment, pretending to oppose the sort of politics it was itself carrying out.  It talked out of both sides of its mouth and had more sides than the Albert Clock, as we say in Belfast. It got, and still does to a lesser degree, get away with it because its dumping of traditional republicanism has been continually praised while its clinging to symbolic remembrance of its dead armed struggle is repeatedly damned.&nbs ..read more
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Permanent Revolution (4) – keeping the theory, ditching the practice
Sráid Marx
by irishmarxism
1M ago
The pro-Ukraine Left looking right How do we explain adherence to the theory of permanent revolution while abandoning it in practice? If you read Trotsky’s basic postulates laid out in the previous post, with as few preconceptions as possible, the answer is rather obvious; the theory has been abandoned because it no longer appears to correspond with reality.  There is little prospect of a democratic revolution, never mind a socialist revolution, in the near term in either Ukraine or Palestine for example, and, whatever about the objective premises of socialism being present (dependi ..read more
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