New political and culture magazine - LookLeft

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LookLeft
LookLeft is a new current affairs magazine which aims to bring you news, views and solutions from working class communities, Left activists and progressive organisations. It is published by the Workers Party but it’s written, edited and produced by professional media workers from a number of political backgrounds and none.

Below is the latest issue contents which are packed into 32 pages. At the end is the list of outlets (including Easons) where LookLeft can be purchased for just €2. Pervious issues articles can be viewed at Look Left and developments can be followed on LookLeft magazine on facebook

News

Tasc report on government secrecy
SF and DUP climb-down on NI Assemblies Bill
Environmental failures at Haulbowline Island
Northern Ireland’s increasing unemployment
Report from Erris on community actions against Shell
Defend Sean Garland campaign gathers strength
Interview: Joe Higgins MEP
Top NI civil servant pension figures

News Features

The Great Mortgage Swindle – Conor McCabe reveals how the banks indebted a generation
There’s one law for the rich...tax avoidance explored
Cork: A Tale Of Two Cities
Kevin McCorry (NICRA chief steward on Bloody Sunday) critiques the Saville Report
Aidan Regan on the failure of Slash and Burn economics
Jim Stewart on why privatisation is not the solution
Conor McCabe on the right’s use of unemployment as a policy
Joe Mooney on Dublin communities fighting back against swimming pool closures

Reviews

The Falls Curfew booklet
Brian Cowen: The path to power
The new Workman’s Club
The Plough and the Stars
The Quare Fellow
James Connolly Documentary

Forum

Michael Finnegan on the rising Left tide
Ted Tynan on commemorating but not glorifying WWI
Tackling Sectarianism – John Lowry
Left unity on South Dublin CC – Labour cllr Dermot Looney
Activist Angie Murphy obituary
Amanda Richards on the women’s movement
A call for Left unity at Bodenstown

History

Bodenstown and republicanism
Boycott: A political weapon made in Ireland
Michael Davitt
Brian Hanley on Fine Gael’s fascist roots
Plaque for Fenian John O’Leary

International

Trade unionists under attack – ITUC 2010 report
Belgian brutal Congo legacy
George Brown Commemoration
Greece: The fight back continues
Israel artistic and trade union boycott
The ‘Miami Five’
The CIA: A rogue agency
Iraq: The US imperial adventure continues

Sport

Anti-racism world cup
Shelbourne footballer faces deportation

LookLeft can be purchased - Easons (O'Connell Street, Dublin - Patrick St, Cork - Limerick and Galway), All news vendors on O'Connell St (Dublin 1) Book Upstairs, (Dublin 2) Connolly Books (Dublin 2) Solidarity Books (Cork) Roseberry Stores (Newbridge, county Kildare) Queen's Bookshop (Belfast)
 
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Oh no! No yet more leftist "workers of the world" unite rubbish.
 

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LookLeft can be purchased - Easons (O'Connell Street, Dublin - Patrick St, Cork - Limerick and Galway), All news vendors on O'Connell St (Dublin 1) Book Upstairs, (Dublin 2) Connolly Books (Dublin 2) Solidarity Books (Cork) Roseberry Stores (Newbridge, county Kildare) Queen's Bookshop (Belfast)
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
 

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I looked left once, got hit by a car coming from the right. The moral is clear here, anyone who concentrates on only one view will get hit by a car.
 

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The fact that we are standing at the side a one-way street hurtling towards economic oblivion appears lost on you.
OK, genius, tell you your solution then and please don't go on about redistribution of wealth but focus on wealth creation, that is if you are able,
 

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Captialism will do that to you.
Actually, over reliance on one particular view will do that. Not only that, but both arguments have a tendency to be dominated by those who live in profound and wilful ignorance of the possibility that they might actually be wrong from time to time.

The fact that we are standing at the side a one-way street hurtling towards economic oblivion appears lost on you.
Not at all, I am well aware of the failings of the capitalist system, but I still think that you will only find the best by being willing to explore all avenues. Socialism has its good points, capitalism has it good points, both have woefully terrible characteristics as well.
 

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OK, genius, tell you your solution then and please don't go on about redistribution of wealth but focus on wealth creation, that is if you are able,
Wealth distribution is important (the richest 200 have more wealth than the poorest 2.6billion) in order to facilitate proper planning and investment in the world economy. However, a democratically planned economy is capable of sustained growth rates and an expanding world economy, without the boom/slump cycle of capitalism, without the anarchy of the market, without the misery of poverty and disease visited on nearly half the world's population and without the unemployment and misery visited on the other half that live in industrialised countries.

Socialism has its good points, capitalism has it good points, both have woefully terrible characteristics as well.
Socialism and capitalism are mutually antagonistic. A democratic socialist society would even benefit those who are wealthy in capitalist society, but they are more concerned with accumulating wealth than living a decent life.

Capitalism currently has zero good points. It was progressive and necessary for the development of the productive forces in society (i.e. the industrial revolution) - but it's day has passed. The complete over reliance on the gambling on financial markets actually demonstrates that capitalism has run its course. It is no longer able to develop the productive forces in society. Capitalism, economic competition, the anarchy of the market and the gambling on futures, derivitives, credit default swaps etc etc needs to be replaced with an economic system where mutual co-operation and support can engage in the development of the productive forces insociety.

Socialism does not have 'terrible characteristics' - it is simply a political, social and economic system based on co-operation between peoples for their mutual benefit.
 
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Captialism will do that to you.


The fact that we are standing at the side a one-way street hurtling towards economic oblivion appears lost on you.
No country has progressed by adopting more left-wing policies. Socialism has a 100% fail rate.

Wealth distribution is important (the richest 200 have more wealth than the poorest 2.6billion) in order to facilitate proper planning and investment in the world economy. However, a democratically planned economy is capable of sustained growth rates and an expanding world economy, without the boom/slump cycle of capitalism, without the anarchy of the market, without the misery of poverty and disease visited on nearly half the world's population and without the unemployment and misery visited on the other half that live in industrialised countries.


Socialism and capitalism are mutually antagonistic. A democratic socialist society would even benefit those who are wealthy in capitalist society, but they are more concerned with accumulating wealth than living a decent life.

Capitalism currently has zero good points. It was progressive and necessary for the development of the productive forces in society (i.e. the industrial revolution) - but it's day has passed. The complete over reliance on the gambling on financial markets actually demonstrates that capitalism has run its course. It is no longer able to develop the productive forces in society. Capitalism, economic competition, the anarchy of the market and the gambling on futures, derivitives, credit default swaps etc etc needs to be replaced with an economic system where mutual co-operation and support can engage in the development of the productive forces insociety.

Socialism does not have 'terrible characteristics' - it is simply a political, social and economic system based on co-operation between peoples for their mutual benefit.
There is probably little point debating with you as you seem to believe there is one world system in place. We cant democratically plan the world. Hell you cant even democratically plan a small group of people.
 

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No country has progressed by adopting more left-wing policies. Socialism has a 100% fail rate.



There is probably little point debating with you as you seem to believe there is one world system in place. We cant democratically plan the world. Hell you cant even democratically plan a small group of people.
You're absolutly right, Pure socialism has been a total failure, but no system can survive without the incorperation of sound socialist policies.

Some uber libertarians may disagree, but the provision of a common sense welfare policy, devoid of populist sentiment(ie vote buying) actually enhances the overall wellbeing of society. The appropriate level of government intervention goes beyond the U.S construct of Life,"liberty"(abstract) and property.
 

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National Socialism is the future. Suck it up.
 

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National Socialism is the future. Suck it up.
Ah, bless.

Why is it that when socialism is implemented in countries they have to seal their borders to prevent their own people leaving?

Socialism has failed. In particular, Irish people have no time for it, the vast majority of the electorate is essentially centre right. We elect Joe Higgins on and off for his entertainment value and to annoy the establishment.

Better Regulated Capitalism is the future. Suck that up.
 

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Good luck with the new publication. I almost certainly won't be buying it. Obviously that's not to say analysis from the left perspective is at all to be dismissed. I read Le Monde Diplomatique (English version!) for a good while, and it was more often than not a stimulating read, and written to a very high standard. The Guardian, on the other hand, does my head in!!! :)
 
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However, a democratically planned economy is capable of sustained growth rates and an expanding world economy, without the boom/slump cycle of capitalism, without the anarchy of the market, without the misery of poverty and disease visited on nearly half the world's population and without the unemployment and misery visited on the other half that live in industrialised countries.
Do you have working examples?
Problem with socialism and democracy is that democracy can be easily abused by socialists bureaucracy under cover of anti-capitalist rhetoric.
i.e. bureaucracy will do nothing and always will blame capitalist in their own faults.
This is why Stalin had to do a great purge of 1937 especially against lazy bureaucrats.

Capitalism currently has zero good points.
Except that it is only way to turn greed to be good society. Of coarse, if it was properly controlled
 

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You're absolutly right, Pure socialism has been a total failure, but no system can survive without the incorperation of sound socialist policies.

Some uber libertarians may disagree, but the provision of a common sense welfare policy, devoid of populist sentiment(ie vote buying) actually enhances the overall wellbeing of society. The appropriate level of government intervention goes beyond the U.S construct of Life,"liberty"(abstract) and property.
Thats you ideological perspective. In practice little touches of socialism have been disastrous. No country goes forward by turning left. Historically.
 

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No country has been allowed to go forward (by outside interference) by turning left -and thats a historical fact.
 


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