Self Certified

Personal Blog of Mark Hoskins – Anarchist Writer and Activist

Follow the Yellow Brick Road – Socialism and the British Labour Party (Part 2)

  1939 was a notable year for quite a few reasons, the most obvious being the outbreak of the second world war. After the solemn vows following the last war … Continue reading

June 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Do You Like My White Runners? Class Struggle and Working Class Identity Politics

“I guess the trouble was that we didn’t have any self-admitted proletarians. Everyone was a temporarily embarrassed capitalist. Maybe the Communists so closely questioned by the investigation committees were a … Continue reading

May 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Socialist Alchemy can’t turn Rust to Iron – Why Bernie Aint the Answer

Bernie Sanders could not have won. Yes, some of the polls said he would have beaten Trump (a whole three polls in fact); But he couldn’t have won because despite … Continue reading

November 13, 2016 · 4 Comments

Beyond the Blog – Other writings from 2014

I set up Self Certified in 2014 as a home for some of my writing that didn’t quite fit elsewhere. Beyond this blog, I’ve been writing away for wsm.ie, Workers … Continue reading

December 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Pathological Bolshevism – The Socialist Party and the demise of CAHWT

I wrote the following piece as an internal discussion document for the Workers Solidarity Movement on March 2nd 2013. A few months afterwards, The Campaign against Home and Water Taxes … Continue reading

October 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Garth Brooks, Bobby Ewing and the Second Coming of Christ

There was a cinematic quality to Dublin on Monday evening. The streets were bathed in a kind of luminesscant sunlight, that was at once beautiful and eerie. On the 27 … Continue reading

July 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

On Being Divisive: Class struggle versus intersectionality or intersectional class struggle?

Toxic, hostile, liberal, middle-class, divisive; These are some of the ways I’ve heard intersectionality theory and it’s proponents described in left-wing circles over the last year or so. It’s been … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · 10 Comments