Leon Trotsky

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Paul Murphy, Richard Boyd Barrett  and Bríd Smith of Solidarity/People Before Profit. Murphy has left the Socialist Party to form his own far-left party which he will launch on Monday.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Here’s a heartwarming little announcement aimed at Paul Murphy – who left the Socialist Party on Thursday – which arrived too late for this week’s Soc(...)

Karl Marx: Sometimes Mason’s need to frame his arguments in terms of what the German philosopher wrote or thought becomes a drag on his overall message. Illustration: Hulton Archive/Getty

The demonstrations against the introduction of water charges in 2014 were a clear example, whether you agreed with them or not, of how mass public pro(...)

Is Donny (Steve Buscemi) a figment of Walter’s imagination? That is just, like, your opinion, man

There are currently more than 450,000 ordained Dudeist priests worldwide, espousing the belief that “…everything is just, like, your opinion, man”. In(...)

Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, says he is leading the country into a new era of deep political and cultural change. Photograph: Akos Stiller/New York Times

Hungary’s nationalist ruling party has defended its decision to scrap state funding for university gender studies courses, which critics of prime mini(...)

Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare, Co Wexford

Profits at the four-star Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare increased by 12 per cent in 2016 as a “bit more confidence” returned to the economy, the com(...)

Elena Alliloueva-Lorigan at home in Stillorgan. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Few people can claim their great-great-grandfather’s actions changed the course of world history. Fewer still can claim a direct family connection to(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: 1917 revolution does not fit his neo-tsarist, nationalist Great Russia myth. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/AFP/Getty Images

On March 15th, 1917, the day of his abdication, Tsar Nicholas II noted forlornly and very briefly in his diary: “All around there is treason, cowardic(...)

Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy. Trotskyite: A passive-aggressive (and more economical) way to describe members of Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit, along with other left-wing candidates. Photograph: Collins Courts

What does it usually mean? An archaic name for a follower of the ideas of Russian Marxist-Leninist revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky. What does it(...)

Visiting a pub is the number on reason people come to Ireland while listening to music in a pub is the number one reason they would return. File photograph: Frank Miller

Charles Lindbergh completed the first solo transatlantic flight in the Spirit of St Louis. Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party as Jos(...)

Mother Jones (Mary Harris Jones)  poses with a five-tiered cake in celebration of her 100th birthday, May 1st, 1930. Photograph:  FPG/Getty Images

The naming of Cork born Mother Jones beside Ernesto Ché Guevara, Mahatma Gandhi and Leon Trotsky among the world’s greatest revolutionaries is testame(...)

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