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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.

Socialism Socialist Party (CWI England and Wales)

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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.

    58. Britain: the new situation

    58. Britain: the new situation

    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.

    • 36 Min.
    57. Trade unions: new decade, new challenge

    57. Trade unions: new decade, new challenge

    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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    Re-run: 16. Are no-cuts council budgets possible?

    Re-run: 16. Are no-cuts council budgets possible?

    Councils have the power to resist continued Tory austerity.

    It’s budget-setting season again for local authorities in Britain. The Tories in central government have succeeded in making local councils do their dirty work and implement savage austerity for a decade.

    In fact, so successful was this strategy, that the lack of any practical distinction between Labour and Conservative at a local level was a significant factor in Jeremy Corbyn’s general election defeat in December. From the perspective of many in working-class communities, nothing ever seems to change. So why bother voting for Labour?

    But the general election is behind us for now. Council jobs and services are utterly threadbare. And there is major economic uncertainty ahead. Councils have a choice.

    Either carry on acting as managers of austerity - as tame local representatives of Tory central government. Or set no-cuts budgets, and demand the stolen millions back from Westminster - as fighting representatives of local workers and residents. This could even paralyse and eventually overturn Johnson’s unstable government.

    The Socialist Party calls on Labour councils to fight, and for Labour leadership candidates to commit to pushing for such a fight. It’s the same road taken successfully by the famous socialist Liverpool Council in the 1980s. Now is the time to take the Liverpool Road once more.

    This is a re-run of episode 16 from January 2019. The situation has changed, but the need for council to fight has not. This episode of Socialism asks: are no-cuts council budgets possible?

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    56. How can France's strike win?

    56. How can France's strike win?

    After more than 45 days of strikes, workers in France are still furious about President Emmanuel Macron’s attack on pensions. His so-called reform would mean: work longer, get less.

    But there’s no clear strategy from the union leaders. And there’s no clear political alternative to Macron and his politics, including from left-wing political leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

    Understandably, after almost two months of upsurge, the movement is starting to slow down - for the moment. So what happens next?

    Socialism the Podcast was in Paris for events including one of the national days of action, 16 January. We spoke to a striking teacher and member of Gauche Révolutionnaire, the Socialist Party’s sister party in France, about the struggle.

    This episode of Socialism looks at France: how can the strike win?

    Further reading...

    https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30135/22-01-2020/eyewitness-report-workers-struggle-in-france-on-the-boil

    https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30153/22-01-2020/france-striker-speaks-real-deep-anger-needs-union-strategy

    https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30120/15-01-2020/france-struggle-over-pension-rights-government-in-difficulty

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    55. Middle East in turmoil: Iran and Iraq

    55. Middle East in turmoil: Iran and Iraq

    After Suleimani's assassination, what prospects for Iran, Iraq and the US?

    The year started with Donald Trump ordering the public assassination of a leading Iranian general, Qassem Suleimani, by a drone strike in Baghdad, the capital of neighbouring Iraq.

    What are the prospects for the struggle between the US and Iran? Does this mean war? What about the people of Iraq? And what will this mean next for the region’s popular uprisings?

    This episode of Socialism looks the Middle East in turmoil: Iran and Iraq.

    • 27 Min.
    54. 2020: a promise of rebellion

    54. 2020: a promise of rebellion

    The year is now 2020. Popular uprisings are cascading like chain reactions across the globe. Strongman right-wing leaders lie and cheat their way to power in some countries, and are brought to their knees by mass movements in others.

    As a new year opens up, class struggles and capitalist instability will only intensify and spread. This episode of Socialism looks at the year ahead: a promise of rebellion.

    Plus: hear clips from the new podcast launched by our South African sister party in the Committee for a Workers' International, the Marxist Workers Party! You can listen to the full episode and subscribe at SoundCloud and YouTube...

    https://soundcloud.com/user-135736898

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCnLt1EKgiFlSyTVCTz-rGA

    • 37 Min.

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