What is Socialism?

Introduction One thing that has become indelibly clear these past few months is liberalism’s failure to respond to the crisis in Gaza. As Israel rains unguided bombs and white phosphorus onto Palestinian civilians, annihilates their hospitals, and murders their children, the institutional response ranges from toothless disapproval to outright cheerleading. “Israel has the right to […]

A for alienation

For A ko te Alienation in Te Reo Māori Consider the basic building blocks of society. Among the most fundamental of these is how we make and distribute the things that we need and want. The things you need in order to do this (the land, the tools, the resources) are called the means of […]

A E I O U: Hei hanga ao mo te kaimahi ABCs of Socialism

Nau mai, whakatau mai e te ti, e te ta ki ngā taihuringa āhuatanga  o te wā, Ā, ki te punipuni korero nei o A E I O U: Hei Hanga Ao mo te Kai Mahi. Welcome to The ABCs of Socialism, a series of short introductions to key socialist concepts for would-be world-changers. A […]

C mo te Capital

— Pānui C is for Capital ki te reo Ingarihi Nau mai, whakatau mai e te tī, e te tā ki ngā taihuringa āhuatanga o te wā, ā, ki te puna kōrero nei o A E I O U: Hei Hanga Ao mo te Kai Mahi. I ngā pānui e rua kua pahure, kua whakataki […]

C is for Capital

— C mo te Capital is available in te reo Māori Welcome to the ABC of Socialism, an introduction to socialist ideas for would-be world-changers. In our previous columns we introduced readers to two classes: the working class (or proletariat) and the capitalist class (or bourgeoisie). These are the main classes that make up capitalist […]

B is for Bourgeoisie

This article continues our ABC of Socialism series, an introduction to key socialist concepts for would-be world-changers. In our first column on Alienation we talked about the have-nots of society, the “99 percent,” who are alienated from the land, the resources and most of the wealth of society. But what about the haves, the 1 […]

Fascism – What It Is and How to Fight It

This piece was originally presented as a public talk to the Whanganui-a-Tara branch of the ISO in July 2023. The audio of the talk is available on our Youtube channel.  Tēnā koutou katoa. Ko Te Whanganui-a-Tara tōku whenua tupu ko tōku kāinga hoki. Ko Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o Te Ika, rātou ko Te […]

Public Political Education Day

Tēnā koutou katoa! The International Socialist Organisation of Aotearoa is pleased to invite you to a political education and discussion day as part of our annual organisation-wide hui. The day will consist of a series of formal talks or presentations, followed by chaired discussions between all attendees. There will be a short break between each […]

Competition (And Cooperation) For A Socialist Future

Competition is lauded as a foundational aspect of both the capitalist economy and human development. It is proclaimed that because of competition in the market, capitalism forces businesses to distribute goods and services as efficiently as possible; that without competition, innovation would be minimal if not impossible, and people would have no incentive to do […]

Thinking About Ecology with Marx – A review of Kohei Saito’s Marx in the Anthropocene

The destruction of the natural environment in the Stalinist regimes through the twentieth-century made it understandable that, for many, Red and Green seemed incompatible. Think about the disaster at Chernobyl and the erosion of the Black Sea coast in the USSR, the catastophes of the ‘Great Leap Forward’ in China, the coal-fired pollution across Eastern […]