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From The Socialist newspaper, 22 August 2018

Why I joined the Socialist Party: "I was searching for an alternative to this system"

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Robert Leahy, Coventry Socialist Party

All of us are part of something greater than ourselves. But there are huge inconsistencies among humanity - the rich next to the poor, the powerful next to the powerless. The exploitation that allows one small group to rise up and dominate a far more numerous lower class.

All of this has always bothered me. I began to search for something new, an alternative to this system, and what I found was socialism!

I came across the ideas of Marx and Engels. Further reading brought me to other socialist thinkers and activists. I learned of the vital role socialism has played in the development of women's rights, the rights of children, the rights of the working class - you and me.

My mind was full of the possibilities of a socialist world but I needed to be organised with people who share my desire for a world of equality, democracy and liberation for all.

Online I came across the Socialist Party. On the party's website I was able to get a better look at what the Socialist Party stood for and its attitude to the problems that we face in our day-to-day lives and I was pleased with what I saw!

It was at this stage that I looked into my local branch in Coventry where after a few meetings I became a full member, now ready to fight for socialism!

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Building Fund boost

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