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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 December 2019
Fight for your future - join the socialists
London climate strike 20 September 2019, photo Paul Mattsson, photo Paul Mattsson (Click to enlarge)
Mark Best, West London Socialist Party
Whatever the result on 12 December, we know one thing for certain - for working-class and young people the fight will not be over.
Across the world the warnings are there. Capitalism is heading toward a new crisis and the bosses are unable to stop it. It is a system driven by profit instead of what the majority of us need - that's what leads to poverty, inequality and environmental destruction.
It's the bosses' race for profit that means we will need to continue fighting.
If we're faced with a Johnson government or a coalition of pro-capitalist austerity parties we will need to fight against any attacks on our pay, rights to organise and protest, living standards, and public services. It will be a weak government, one that can be beaten back by a movement of the trade unions, service users and young people.
And if Corbyn heads a government, his manifesto will be met with opposition from the bosses against any threats to their profits. The sabotage will begin on day one through the media, the courts and their representatives in the Labour Party itself - the Blairites.
The capitalists have already been discussing how to break a Corbyn-led government by taking their capital out of the country and refusing to invest.
SSE, one of the big six energy companies has moved itself to a Swiss holding company.
We will need our own determined movement to fight against the bosses, relying especially on our power as workers through the trade unions.
What's needed is to use the wealth and resources that are there in society. We need to take the levers of power away from those at the top and run society on a democratic basis. By taking the top 150 companies and the banks into democratic public ownership - under the control of the working class - to prevent the capitalists' sabotage, and run society on a planned basis - a socialist society.
If you want to be a part of the fight, to improve the lives of workers and young people across the world through the socialist transformation of society, and to fight for what's needed to win it - united working class action then you should join the Socialist Party today.
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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.
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In The Socialist 4 December 2019:
What we think
Prepare now for the struggles after 12 December
International socialist news and analysis
Hong Kong's uprising
South African Airways workers win wage increase after strike action
End profiteering from health - nationalise big pharma
Unite against terrorism, racism, war and austerity
Hillsborough justice eluded
News in brief
Keep up to date with our election coverage
SWR dispute: It's a strike to ensure the safety of the travelling public
Solid support for guards on West Midlands Trains
UCU strikes: more determined than ever
Royal Mail court ruling - national reps meeting and solidarity action essential
Jared Wood overwhelmingly elected to RMT executive
PCS union general secretary election
Northern Ireland: Health workers take action
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Fight for your future - join the socialists
Selling the Socialist
Climate strikes: Students and trade unionists protest together
Why I joined: "Proud to be a socialist"
Socialist Students conference: Students and workers united in struggle
Climate change election debate
Carlisle election meeting: Education - time to make the mega-rich and corporations pay
The Great Big Socialist Party Quiz 2019
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