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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 October 2019

Socialism: The alternative to capitalist austerity, low pay and crisis

London climate strike 20 September 2019, photo Paul Mattsson, photo Paul Mattsson

London climate strike 20 September 2019, photo Paul Mattsson, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Mark Best, Socialist Party membership organiser

Capitalism means chaos for the majority of us, while the bosses get rich off the work we do.

The future offered to young people today is austerity, low pay and crises the world over - senseless war and destruction, climate catastrophe and hidden and open conflicts between the major powers.

On the climate strikes, school students have widely called for "system change not climate change". People are questioning whether capitalism has a future.

What is the alternative to capitalism? What is necessary to change the system? Who can we rely on? And with what tactics?

We think that the ideas of the Socialist Party - based on the experiences of many, young and old, fighting over decades against the bosses - can answer these questions.

Wealth and technology exist in society to provide for us all. But that wealth is in the wrong hands.

By taking into democratic public ownership the banks and big corporations, we could plan what we want to produce in society, based on the decisions of working-class people, instead of relying on the chaos of profit.

We would be able to put research and development into technologies that would enable us to shift away from fossil fuels and polluting industries.

Socialism would use massively expanded production, offered by automation, to reduce the working week and free ourselves for creative endeavours and leisure.

The only alternative to capitalism is a socialist society across the world. So how do we get there?

Workers, who produce the wealth in society, have the power. The power to take on the bosses and run society for ourselves. Through collective struggle we can put their rotten system to bed.

To get involved in this vital struggle, you need to join the Socialists. We fight for every reform we can wrestle out the hands of the bosses and the socialist transformation of society.

If you want to see an end to the huge inequality that exists under capitalism, the best thing you can do is join the Socialist Party.

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Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
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In The Socialist 9 October 2019:


What we think

Brexit theatrics continue

Syria: Trump gives green light to Turkey to attack Kurds


News

Cutting, lying Tories - kick them out!

Asda workers protest callous bosses

Cynical Tories' domestic violence bill not enough


Labour and workers' rights

Corbyn promises 'power in the hands of workers' - how can Labour do it?

Labour and the fight for a shorter working week


Obituary

Tony Mulhearn 1939-2019


Workplace news

BEIS: Outsourced caterers' indefinite strike victory

Vote yes to Royal Mail strike action to take on the bullying bosses

Birmingham HS2 protest against bosses' attacks on trade union organisation

Attacks on Caerphilly waste management workers

Equity manifesto lays out anti-austerity model for arts

Vote for socialist fighter Jared Wood in RMT elections

Sainsbury's strikers win

Unison's retired members reflect growing anger

Lincolnshire health visitors strike


Chinese revolution

Chinese revolution of 1944-49: 'The second greatest event in human history'


International socialist news and analysis

Trump, impeachment and the need for an independent workers' party


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

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Best way to fight back? Join the Socialist Party

Socialism 2019: why I'm going... and why you should too!

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Huge opposition to Barry rehab ward closure

'The little people can win' - Leeds tenants push back demolition

Selling the Socialist

York freshers success


Reviews

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Film review: Joker - Sympathising with a monster created by today's incendiary conditions


 

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