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Alliance for Green Socialism

The AGS believes that global warming and other threats to our environment could destroy our society. We know that capitalism is deeply unjust and leads to the gross inequality we see today. We understand that these two problems are interconnected aspects of the same thing. We will never solve the environmental problem under capitalism, which is based on the ludicrous idea of endless growth. By definition, capitalists will always put profit before workers and the ecosystem on which we all depend. The AGS campaigns locally, nationally and internationally for a radical transformation of society. We work on the streets and we fight elections. Join us.


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Bloody Sunday

Photo: Michael Barnes (seated, left) and family at his mother’s funeral in Dublin in 1988 Today is the centenary of Bloody Sunday, when the British army killed or fatally wounded 14 civilians during a Gaelic football match at Croke Park, Dublin. Here the former Labour MP Michael Barnes describes his parents’ walk-on (or drive-by) roleContinue reading “Bloody Sunday”

Covid and the development gap

By Mike Davies The covid-19 pandemic is not a surprise. There are hundreds of strains of coronavirus, most of which only affect animals. Ever since the outbreak of Sars in 2002, and of Mers (or camel flu) a decade later, scientists have been warning that climate change, urbanisation, and international air travel create the perfectContinue reading “Covid and the development gap”

From Chile with love

By Liz Peck This autumn marks the 50th anniversary of the election victory of Salvador Allende in Chile. On 4th September 1970, he was swept to power as the first Marxist to become president of a liberal democracy in Latin America. It was an event that sent shock waves through a region dominated by USContinue reading “From Chile with love”

Deal or no deal?

By Malcolm Christie The United Kingdom’s chaotic exit from the European Union is back in the headlines as the clock ticks down towards the end of the transition period. No wonder first-time Conservative voters in Labour’s former ‘red wall’ seats are scratching their heads. A year ago, Boris Johnson promised a weary public that hisContinue reading “Deal or no deal?”

Book Review

Frank Ramsey: A Sheer Excess of Powers by Cheryl Misak, Oxford University Press 2020 £25 ISBN: 978-0198755357 By Hugh Barnes Does socialism add up? This is a mathematical question as well as a political and moral one. A hundred years ago, mathematical economics was dominated by socialist advocates of Soviet-style central planning. Later, in the 1930s, JohnContinue reading “Book Review”

No place like home

By Bryn Glover The word ‘utopia’ was coined by Thomas More in 1516 for his book of that name in which he described a fictional South Atlantic island paradise. The implication was that such a place could never exist but even More realised that his word derived from the Greek ou-topia, meaning ‘no-place’, could easily beContinue reading “No place like home”

The Power of Protest

Fighting racism and police brutality in lockdown from Minneapolis to Hong Kong By Hugh Barnes The history of protest is as old as the history of anything. People have always protested against oppression because it has always existed. Unless you have a vote, and sometimes even if you do, demonstrating in public is the bestContinue reading “The Power of Protest”

Editorial

The pandemic kept most of us locked up indoors for several months, yet also provided a glimpse of freedom. The airline industry was brought to an almost total standstill. The precipitous contraction of the global economy saw carbon emissions plummet: by the end of this year, they are likely to be 8% less than inContinue reading “Editorial”

A World Turned Upside Down

A look at the unexpected impact of covid-19 on political and economic orthodoxies By Malcolm Christie The impact of coronavirus has turned economics upside down. Until recently, the Conservative Party stood for privatisation, cuts and balancing the books. Now public spending and state ownership top the political agenda. Our libertarian prime minister has imposed aContinue reading “A World Turned Upside Down”

Climate Change Notes

By Bryn Glover The first fully, peer-reviewed analysis of the impact of the covid pandemic on CO2 emissions has just been published, and it indicates that these have fallen at almost exactly the appropriate annual rate that will need to be sustained till 2050 if we have any hope of restricting global heating to 1.5°C.Continue reading “Climate Change Notes”

The Failure of Capitalism

The world economy is in crisis for the second time in just over a decade – and has no answer to rising poverty and unemployment. How will it cope with the impending mega-crisis of climate change? By Bryn Glover It may be ‘bad form’ and morally wrong to kick a person (or a philosophy orContinue reading “The Failure of Capitalism”

A Microplastic Marine Mystery

By Juliet Boddington Scientists have known for a long time that the human race is polluting the world – land, atmosphere and sea – and one of the worst examples is the disposal of plastic waste in the form of polymer chains of carbon and hydrogen atoms that are not biodegradeable. Now an international researchContinue reading “A Microplastic Marine Mystery”