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From The Socialist newspaper, 25 August 2005

Socialism 2005

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IN THE richest country on earth, thousands have died in the wake of hurricane Katrina due to the Bush regime's incompetent rescue operation. Thousands more have been left sick, starving and destitute.

Lois Austin

The world is an unstable, chaotic place wracked by war, poverty and terrorism. But a new generation looking for answers to the world's problems are joining struggles and movements fighting for change worldwide.

Socialism 2005, the Socialist Party's annual weekend of debate and discussion, will go some way to provide the answers and point a way forward for those wanting to struggle against inequality, low pay, injustice, capitalism, terror and war.

The rally on the Saturday evening will have speakers from the Gate Gourmet dispute, Peter Taaffe, general secretary of the Socialist Party, Joe Higgins, Socialist Party TD (MP) in the Irish republic and international guests.

If you want to be part of the discussions to map the way forward for the working class and young people in Britain and across the world, make sure you come to this event.

Seminars will include debates on the trade unions, the environment, topical and historical subjects. Tickets are available from Socialist Party local organisers or you can call our national office on 020 8988 8777. Fuller details of the programme and speakers will be available soon in the socialist and at www.socialism2005.net

Socialist Party members should commit themselves now to coming and buy their ticket in the next few days. Your branch should draw up a list of who you are going to ask to come along. Town centre campaigning stalls should have leaflets and posters advertising Socialism 2005.

Every Socialist Party member works alongside people in the trade unions, in the workplace, college, school or community. We are involved in fighting low pay, conditions at work, education cuts, privatisation of public services and campaigning against the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq.

All of these people should be asked to come to Socialism 2005. Everybody should be involved in selling tickets for this event, to make this the biggest and best event that the Socialist Party has organised.

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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.

  • 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.
  • 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 25 August 2005:

Hurricane Katrina exposes Bush's rotten capitalist system

Hurricane Katrina: A disaster made worse by capitalism

Bush lashed over hurricane catastrophe

March against war and terrorism

Iraq 'Constitution' is no exit route for Bush and Blair

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TUC must turn defiant words into effective deeds

ISR backs Gate Gourmet workers

Poland 1980: The rise and fall of Solidarnosc

China/EU dispute: Crazy logic of the profit system


 

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