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Weekly podcast offering a Marxist approach to the big issues we face in a world of capitalist crisis. Fighting for jobs, homes and public services for all. From strikes and mass movements through to community campaigns, history and theory. We shine a light on the struggles of workers and young people, and discuss the strategy for a socialist fightback.
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We need to fight for every job. But is such a fight possible?Thousands of new members are flooding into Britain’s trade unions. But thousands more are losing their jobs every day. Black Lives Matter and coronavirus inequalities have thrown racism into the spotlight too. Precarious work in the gig economy, and even sweatshop conditions in some areas, are pressing issues for more and more of the working class. How can the unions lead a fightback here?Meanwhile, as major sections of the union leadership tried to partner up with the government, rank-and-file union members with no choice but to fight have led heroic struggles themselves. What does this mean for how workers need to organise?This episode of Socialism looks at working-class organisation in the new stage of the pandemic crisis: how the unions need to fight now. Further listening and readingEpisode 72. You can't have capitalism without racism: https://soundcloud.com/socialismpodcast/72-you-cant-have-capitalism-without-racismFight for every job: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/31025/08-07-2020/fight-for-every-job-fight-for-socialismNSSN conference: "Fight for our lives and livelihoods": https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/31039/08-07-2020/fantastic-virtual-nssn-conference-fight-for-our-lives-and-livelihoodsSouthampton UCU - election victory for combative rank and file: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/31036/08-07-2020/southampton-ucu-election-victory-for-combative-rank-and-file
Why are the world's capitalist economies pulling apart?World capitalism in recent decades underwent a process often called ‘globalisation’. Competing national economies became more and more integrated and dependent on each other.Now, the wheels have come off. Trade wars, political disputes, even rumblings of armed conflict - already happening, but exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic - have marked a process of ‘deglobalisation’.What is behind these two epoch-defining waves of change? Why are both responsible for worsening conditions for workers, young people and the poor? And is there a way to achieve global economic and political harmony?This episode of Socialism looks at high and low tides for world capitalism: globalisation and deglobalisation. Further listening and readingSocialism 66. US imperialism in decline: https://soundcloud.com/socialismpodcast/66-us-imperialism-in-decline-coronavirus-trump-sanders-and-socialismSocialism 70. China's new role: https://soundcloud.com/socialismpodcast/70-chinas-new-roleWorld Economy - the new crisis and its consequences: https://www.socialistworld.net/2020/03/19/world-economy-the-new-crisis-and-its-consequences/New era of capitalist turmoil and social upheaval opens: https://www.socialistworld.net/2020/05/15/new-era-of-capitalist-turmoil-and-social-upheaval-opens-only-a-socialist-alternative-offers-a-way-forward/What lies behind the US-China trade war? https://www.socialistworld.net/2019/05/24/what-lies-behind-the-us-china-trade-war/
Malcolm X said: “You can’t have capitalism without racism.” Why - and what can we learn from that?Heroic Black Lives Matter protests have swept the US, Britain and the world. Rivers of working-class young people, black and white, have taken up the struggle against racism and police violence.Sadly, police murder of black people is nothing new. Why has this movement exploded in this way right now? And why do socialists argue that racism is integral to the capitalist system - so that ending racism means overturning capitalism and fighting for socialism?This episode of Socialism looks at Black Lives Matter: you can’t have capitalism without racism. Further viewing and readingSocialist Party Facebook Live broadcast: Lessons from the Black PanthersWhich way forward for Black Lives Matter protests?Lessons from the Black PanthersWhere was Malcolm X going?Oppose racist symbols and the racist systemReform or revolt? How was the slave trade abolished?Martin Luther King: Fighting for a promised land
How can the working class defeat the far right?A magnificent mass movement, overwhelmingly young, working-class and black, but also very multiracial, has erupted in the US, Britain and internationally against racism. Its trigger was the racist police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on 25 May 2020. But young people and workers are angry about years of systemic racism, as well as all the class inequality, privations and oppression of the capitalist system.The Socialist Party and our sister parties around the world have been to the fore on these protests. We've been discussing with young, working-class people about how to fight racism and capitalism, and signing up big numbers interested in finding out about joining the Socialists. While we carry on this vital work, we are re-running an episode from 22 October 2018: is the far right on the rise?As far-right groups attempt to organise again, supposedly in defence of public monuments, how can the workers’ movement overcome their violent threat? Where does the far right come from? And what is the record of the Socialist Party on fighting and defeating the far right?You can hear more about the Socialist Party’s response to the magnificent new mass movement in our recent Facebook on YouTube broadcast on 5 June, and the recent Committee for a Workers' International Facebook and YouTube broacdast on 9 June.This re-run of Socialism looks at the racist far right: how to fight it.Further listening and readingSocialist Party broadcast on the new anti-racist eruption on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/130650380285747/videos/702374690575676/And on YouTube: https://youtu.be/yvU4KfUcetcCommittee for a Workers' International broadcast on the global explosion of protest on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/socialistworld/videos/1237533769971897And on YouTube: https://youtu.be/2aWAB3hxKz4Black Lives Matter protests sweep Britain - how can the movement win? https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30874/10-06-2020/black-lives-matter-protests-sweep-country-how-can-the-movement-winUSA - black and white youth rise up against racism: https://www.socialistworld.net/2020/06/12/usa-black-and-white-youth-rise-up-against-racism/Britain - mass protests erupt: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30875/10-06-2020/mass-protests-eruptUS - what’s next for the anti-racist movement? https://www.socialistworld.net/2020/06/07/usa-whats-next-for-the-anti-racist-movement/“All changed, changed utterly” - A new era of class struggle and capitalist crisis: https://www.socialistworld.net/2020/06/08/all-is-changed-changed-utterly-a-new-era-of-class-struggle-and-capitalist-crisis/
What do young people need today - and how can they fight for it?Massive, young, working-class protests have exploded around the world after the murder of George Floyd, racism and police violence. But it's not just these issues that have angered young people.In the US, Britain and around the world, the youth are suffering appalling conditions, and a future of crisis and uncertainty. But young people have also fought: in electoral movements through support for figures like Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders - and on the streets, in the global climate strikes, and now in the huge, young, working-class uprisings against racism and police violence. Even before the pandemic, wages were low, jobs insecure housing and education unaffordable - and the tomorrow promised nothing but economic and social turmoil, and even climate catastrophe. Now the pandemic has multiplied all these problems, as the capitalists and their politicians dump the burden disproportionately on the working class and the youth. Young people on the streets right now are angry about racism, but they’re also angry about all of it.How can young people fight to change things? And what would a socialist programme offer young people in that struggle?This episode of Socialism looks at young people fighting back: a socialist youth charter. Further readingSocialist Party young people's charter - available soon!Fight racism and class inequality, fight capitalism: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30856/03-06-2020/fight-racism-and-class-inequality-fight-capitalismUSA - another cop killing of unarmed black man sparks widespread protests: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30846/03-06-2020/usa-another-cop-killing-of-unarmed-black-man-sparks-widespread-protests
70. China's new role

70. China's new role

2020-05-2955:261

While the influence of the US declines, China’s place in world seems to be rising. The Chinese economy is still nowhere near as powerful as the US, but it’s competing voraciously for international markets, investment, and political influence.With world capitalism slowing down, international tensions over profit and power are escalating. The trade wars between these two largest powers could well break out again. Is a new Cold War, or even direct military conflict, also a possibility?And what exactly is the Chinese regime? Its dictatorial government claims the country is socialist - so why are there billionaires, and why do so many workers suffer poverty pay and appalling conditions?External conflicts with competing nation-states. Internal conflicts with Hong Kong and oppressed national groups. And trillions of dollars of loans and capitalist investments in smaller countries around the globe.This episode of Socialism looks at national and international turmoil and contradictions: China’s new role. Further readingTrump’s insults fuel China rivalry: https://www.socialistworld.net/2020/05/08/china-trumps-insults-fuel-rivalry/Coronavirus crisis shakes Chinese regime: https://www.socialistworld.net/2020/02/19/china-coronavirus-crisis-shakes-regime/70th anniversary of People’s Republic of China – Mao and the Chinese revolution: https://www.socialistworld.net/2019/10/01/70th-anniversary-of-peoples-republic-of-china-mao-and-the-chinese-revolution/China after the 1949 revolution - the benefits of the planned economy stifled by bureaucracy: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/29730/16-10-2019/china-after-the-1949-revolution-the-benefits-of-the-planned-economy-stifled-by-bureaucracyChina’s hybrid economy (2008): http://socialismtoday.org/archive/122/hybrid.htmlMarket rule or party rule? (2011): http://socialismtoday.org/archive/154/china.html
Public confidence in the British government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic has nosedived.They’re split over how and when to bully workers back into unsafe workplaces to restart the capitalists’ profit engines. And they’re split over how and when to pay off the massive debts incurred by lockdown relief measures.Meanwhile, the Labour Party - under its new, pro-capitalist leader Keir Starmer - could hardly be more tame. But the trade unions have a renewed national profile. Tens of thousands are joining and organising to resist the bosses’ unsafe working conditions. And the turning point seemed to be Boris Johnson’s farcical “stay alert” speech on 10 May, which tried to lift the lockdown and impose new restrictions at the same time.What’s behind the chaos at the top? And with the bosses squabbling over how best to make us pay for the pandemic, what would help workers coordinate the most effective political response?This episode of Socialism looks at a political turning point in the coronavirus crisis: the end of ‘national unity’.Further readingConfidence plummets in Tory strategy for Covid-19: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30781/20-05-2020/confidence-plummets-in-tory-strategy-for-covid-19Rich get handouts - workers get pay cuts: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30780/20-05-2020/rich-get-handouts-workers-get-pay-cutsStay alert to bosses putting profit before safety: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30753/13-05-2020/stay-alert-to-bosses-putting-profit-before-safetyJohnson's reckless 'back to school' plans threaten everyone's safety: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30782/20-05-2020/johnsons-reckless-back-to-school-plans-threaten-everyones-safetyTransport workers and passengers must not pay the price: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30788/20-05-2020/transport-workers-amp-passengers-mustnt-pay-the-priceTories put profit before lives - unions must stand firm on workplace safety: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30754/13-05-2020/tories-put-profit-before-lives-unions-must-stand-firm-on-workplace-safety
School workers and the government are set for a stand-off over reopening during coronavirus.The Tory government is combining absurdly unclear messages about "staying alert" with a rush to reopen more of the capitalist economy. While they are concerned only about restarting the profit machine, workers are concerned this premature, shambolic dash is a Covid-19 death sentence.The capitalists have one set of guidelines for reopening. The workers have another. So what should the union do about it?Are the government's guidelines for "safe" reopening of schools really safe? How can trade unionists force the Tories to take safety seriously? And are the lessons from the lockdown for how education might work differently?This episode of Socialism looks at lifting the lockdown: schools, safety and super-spreadersFurther readingNo going back to unsafe schools: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30756/13-05-2020/no-going-back-to-unsafe-schoolsTories put profit before lives - unions must stand firm on workplace safety: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30754/13-05-2020/tories-put-profit-before-lives-unions-must-stand-firm-on-workplace-safetyTest and trace - workers need a real plan: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30734/06-05-2020/test-and-trace-workers-need-a-real-planTories using pandemic to shift lab testing out of NHS: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30726/05-05-2020/tories-using-pandemic-to-shift-lab-testing-out-of-nhsMartin Powell-Davies - teacher, trade unionist and socialist blog: http://www.mpdnut.com/Donate to help fund Socialism: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/main/donateJoin the Socialists: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/main/join
67. Lenin at 150

67. Lenin at 150

2020-05-0101:00:021

What are the lessons for today from Lenin's revolutionary life?22 April 2020 was the 150th anniversary of the birth of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanvov, better known as Lenin, the revolutionary workers’ leader and Marxist political theorist. In 1917, Lenin’s Bolshevik Party led the working class of Russia to overthrow the landlords and capitalists and establish the world’s first democratic workers’ state.Lenin was rooted firmly in Marxism. He understood that only the working class could lead a successful revolution. He fought for a well-organised party and a workers’ press as the essential tools for achieving that. And, in contrast to the butcher Stalin, he stood for international revolution, and maintained that “democracy is indispensable to socialism.”No wonder his name is feared and slandered by capitalist politicians and their official histories. In particular, they have much to fear at a time when their entire rotten system is wracked by pandemic, economic crisis and social turmoil. To quote Lenin again: “Sometimes history needs a push.”So what were Lenin’s real ideas? What were his main contributions to the struggle for socialism? And what can workers and young people fighting capitalist misery learn from them today?This episode of Socialism looks at Lenin at 150: his revolutionary life and legacy. Further readingLenin at 150 - A revolutionary life, and the relevance of his ideas to today's working-class strugglesLenin's revolutionary legacyLenin's April Theses, 1917The State and Revolution (Lenin)“Left-Wing” Communism - An Infantile Disorder (Lenin)History of the Russian Revolution (Trotsky)Lessons of October (Trotsky)From Lenin to Stalin (Serge)Lenin and the Revolutionary Party (Le Blanc)Donate to help fund SocialismJoin the Socialists
Chaos in the US presents two options: socialism or barbarism.In the United States, the capitalist class is faced with a shopping list of crises that are shaking their system almost to pieces. Like many capitalist economies, they’ve had to partly suspend production - and profit - in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.They’ve been forced to inject trillions of dollars into the economy to keep the capitalist system going. And now, the absurd situation of competitive oil production outstripping demand so far that prices have become negative!The capitalists face these crises with an unreliable representative at the helm: Donald Trump. But they may be breathing a bit easier now that Bernie Sanders, who came to prominence with his promise of a political revolution against the billionaire class, has endorsed a more reliable representative of big business interests in the form of the Democrat Joe Biden. Sanders has even admonished his supporters for saying they won’t campaign for a corporate shill!Huge anger is growing. Class polarisation sharpens as the divisions between bosses and workers are exposed. Armed demonstrations ratchet up the tensions. Capitalism is threatening to plunge millions into poverty, on a scale not seen since the Great Depression.This episode of Socialism looks at US imperialism in decline: coronavirus, Trump, Sanders and socialism.Further readingGlobal covid-19 pandemic, capitalist crisis and bitter class polarisation in the United States‘Protest-caravan’ held in solidarity with Worcester city nurses opposing furloughing during covid crisis“We have the power” – Staten Island Amazon workers walk outThe danger of the far right todayJoin the SocialistsHelp fund Socialism the Podcast
Workers are furious, so why aren’t capitalist parties suffering?Capitalist governments across the planet are presiding over incompetent, inefficient, and inhuman responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, most are riding high in opinion polls.This is true in Britain too, despite being on course for the worst death toll in Europe. While workers suffer and die on the front line or on furlough, public criticism of the Tories is muted. Even the trade union and Labour Party leaders seem to be backing so-called ‘national unity’.So is this catastrophe helping the right? Or are there more profound processes playing out beneath the surface?This episode of Socialism asks: will this help the left or the right? Coronavirus, radicalisation and national unity.Further readingExit strategy? PPE and mass testing and workers' control of workplace safetyFight back against the corona propaganda warSabotage - the inner workings of Labour's political machine exposedStarmer victory - organise to fight for socialist policiesJoin the SocialistsHelp fund Socialism the Podcast
The capitalist economic system is dysfunctional and obsolete. In the US, 10 million workers filed unemployment claims in the last two weeks of March. In the UK, a million workers filed Universal Credit benefit claims in the last two weeks of March. Just over a decade after the ‘credit crunch’ and Great Recession, the Covid-19 pandemic is causing a ‘corona crunch’ and could pitch the world into a second Great Depression. But the world economy was heading for a serious downturn even before the virus. In fact, capitalism itself has been growing increasingly weak, unstable and dysfunctional over a long period. Why? Marxism points out the capitalist system is riddled with contradictions, and today has long outlived its historic usefulness. So what are the main economic features of the current nosedive, and what sort of problems - and solutions - could the Marxist toolbox point us to? This episode of Socialism takes a short look at the world economic crisis: a Marxist analysis of the coronavirus crunch. Plus: we respond to the Labour Party leadership election results. Further reading The new crisis and its consequences: http://socialismtoday.org/editorial-the-new-crisis-and-its-consequences Brexit and British capitalism - why Johnson's juggernaut is set to jackknife: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30184/29-01-2020/brexit-and-british-capitalism-why-johnsons-juggernaut-is-set-to-jackknife 10 years since the financial crash - the socialist answer to capitalist crisis: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/27918/12-09-2018/10-years-since-the-financial-crash-the-socialist-answer-to-capitalist-crisis Universal basic income - what do socialists say? https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/24401/08-02-2017/universal-basic-income-what-do-socialists-say Understanding Marxist economics: http://www.marxism.org.uk/pack/economics.html How a socialist economy would work: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/6012/16-10-2004/how-a-socialist-economy-would-work
Unprecedented state intervention - but still workers suffer? The British government has pledged hundreds of billions in funding during the Covid-19 pandemic. The US Congress has approved trillions. Capitalist governments in multiple countries seem to be abandoning privatisation and market competition for nationalisation and central coordination. It looks quite a lot like some of the policies socialists call for. But corporate profits are being subsidised. The big banks and finance sector are untouched. And workers are receiving too little too late when it comes to income and safety protections. In fact, lack of personal protective equipment is killing frontline health workers in the UK, and 10 million workers have joined the unemployment lines in just two weeks in the US. What does this U-turn in policy direction by the capitalists, amid a complete failure of their system, say about capitalism - and the socialist alternative? This episode of Socialism looks at coronavirus and state intervention: is this socialism? Further reading International statement - as coronavirus crisis intensifies, class antagonisms deepen: https://www.socialistworld.net/2020/03/31/as-coronavirus-crisis-intensifies-class-antagonisms-deepen/ International statement - coronavirus plunges capitalism into global turmoil - the need for a socialist alternative: https://www.socialistworld.net/2020/03/23/coronavirus-plunges-capitalism-into-global-turmoil-the-need-for-a-socialist-alternative/ All the latest frontline reports, socialist analysis and working-class demands in the latest issue of the Socialist newspaper: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1080 Donate to help us keep producing independent content: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/donate/ Join the fightback - join the Socialists: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/join/
How can workers look after their interests in the pandemic? Schools in Britain are part-closing, workers in almost every sector are being sent home with or without pay, and there are shortages of equipment for safe and hygienic working everywhere. The day after we recorded this podcast on 19 March 2020, the government was due to announce plans to support workers. But whatever is promised, the track record so far is that workers everywhere are pulling out all the stops to fight the pandemic - while big businesses and their politicians only seem interested in their bottom lines. What should workers demand to solve these problems? Was the Trade Union Congress right to declare a ‘national unity’ truce with the employers and the government? And how can workers make sure their interests are looked after in this period, whether or not they’re in a union? This episode of Socialism looks at the Covid-19 pandemic: workers’ rights during coronavirus. The coronavirus pandemic is a rapidly escalating global crisis affecting every part of the capitalist system. As well as following this weekly podcast, you should check the Socialist Party’s website, socialistparty.org.uk, and our Facebook page, for regular statements on working-class demands, socialist analysis, and reports from the frontline. Further reading National Shop Stewards Network coronavirus workers' support Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/814163955758626 Latest issue of the Socialist including more coverage on coronavirus: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1078 Socialist Party Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CWISocialistParty Coronavirus latest on the Socialist Party website: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/keyword/Health_and_welfare/Coronavirus,filter
How can workers' action help overcome the Covid-19 crisis? The new coronavirus, Covid-19, is sweeping through the world's population - exposing capitalism for disastrous weaknesses in healthcare systems,social infrastructure, and the global economy. Capitalist politicians and the capitalist state are torn between protecting public health and defending private profit. The official number of cases in the UK as of 12 March 2020 is 590. But the British government's chief scientific advisor has said the real number could be up to 10,000. The local elections planned for May have been postponed. Hospitals are facing overload. Workers are facing lost pay. The economy was already heading toward recession. But workers have also fought back with demands and with strike action to force a response in the interests of the majority. Why did capitalism get us here? What action can workers take to improve things? And how could socialist change resolve the underlying problems? This episode of Socialism looks at the coronavirus: the socialist response. Further reading Latest updates and demands in the Socialist: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1077 Covid-19 - a socialist response to the coronavirus crisis: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30353/04-03-2020/covid-19-a-socialist-response-to-the-coronavirus-crisis Coronavirus crisis shakes Chinese regime: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30290/19-02-2020/coronavirus-crisis-shakes-chinese-regime Coronavirus exposes capitalism's weaknesses in healthcare and economy: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30203/05-02-2020/coronavirus-exposes-capitalisms-weaknesses-in-healthcare-and-economy Coronavirus - capitalism limits response to viral outbreaks: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30176/29-01-2020/coronavirus-capitalism-limits-response-to-viral-outbreaks
What could a socialist campaign for London achieve? The London mayor and assembly are up for election in May. The Labour Party’s Sadiq Khan is the incumbent and Labour’s candidate for 2020 - but is a supporter of the pro-big business wing of Labour and an opponent of Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-austerity politics. Low pay, a housing crisis, disappearing council services, knife crime and air pollution are all major issues in Britain’s capital. Khan has presided over their continuation. So how should trade unionists and socialists approach the London elections? How would a socialist Greater London Authority behave? And what a campaign raising those ideas achieve - whether or not it was elected? This episode of Socialism looks at the London elections: socialists into City Hall. Further reading London Socialist Party's website: http://www.londonsocialistparty.org.uk/ We need socialists in London's City Hall: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30035/19-12-2019/we-need-socialists-in-londons-city-hall Strike wave around London: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30357/04-03-2020/strike-wave-around-london-this-is-why-we-need-so#cialists-in-city-hall
Re-run: 14. GRA reform

Re-run: 14. GRA reform

2020-02-2838:35

Trans rights: a socialist programme for united workers' struggle. Transgender rights have recently become a point of contention in the ongoing Labour Party leadership contest. The Socialist Party fights exploitation, discrimination and oppression in every form. The workers’ movement must fight for the resources necessary to guarantee all sections of the working class a decent life. If it does not, there is a danger that debates can be falsely framed as battles between supposedly irreconcilable competing rights. By fighting instead to expand the provision of jobs, homes and services for all, the workers’ movement can resolve differences on the basis of common struggle and democratic discussion. The following episode is a re-run of episode 14, first aired on 15 January 2019, on the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) - much of which has now been kicked into the long grass by the Tories. But we think the general approach we lay out here on the question of trans rights is entirely relevant to the debates of today. This episode of Socialism looks at GRA reform: the fight for trans rights.
Major strikes in the civil service and National Health Service have shaken the capitalist establishment in Northern Ireland. These enormous workers’ action followed watershed struggles in the private sector at the Harland and Wolff shipyard and Wrightbus factory. The rival sectarian parties are required by the Good Friday Agreement to agree to govern together. They had refused to reach such an agreement after a supposed renewable heating scheme collapsed due to incompetence and alleged corruption three years ago. The strikes forced them back into the Assembly to make concessions to the workers. But having tasted some of the power of collective working-class struggle, will workers allow a return to business as usual? More strikes seem likely. But how about a political alternative to austerity, sectarianism and capitalism? This episode of Socialism looks at Northern Ireland: the strike wave.
Divisions and surprises abound as the main parties eye an angry working class in Britain. The Tories’ decade-long grip on power continues for now - but what about their programme? The government has announced more cuts, but has also promised infrastructure investment. They have restored their majority, but their catastrophic divisions are already re-emerging. In fact, Sajid Javid, the chancellor of the exchequer, resigned in between recording this podcast and it airing. Meanwhile, the anger in the working class, documented each week in the Socialist newspaper, continues to simmer. The ongoing Labour Party leadership contest is asking: how can Labour win back the confidence of the working class? So - what is the way forward? This episode of Socialism looks at Britain: the new situation.
Do the setbacks in the 2010s mean the unions can't fight today? The 2010s were a period of major attacks on workers in Britain. But the bosses and their politicians didn’t get things all their own way. The trade unions - the basic self-defence organisations of the working class - fought many important battles, shutting down production to try to force the bosses back. There were many setbacks in those fights, but there were also victories. Marxists try to learn from both. With a new decade opening up alongside a change of era in politics and world relations for Britain, what are the lessons of the 2010s for trade union struggle in the 2020s? This episode of Socialism looks at the trade unions: new decade, new challenge.
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