The Socialist 13 February 2019 |
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Why I joined: "why is their life so different from mine?"
Sasha out campaigning with Reading Socialist Party (Click to enlarge)
Sasha Zhukov, Reading Socialist Party
Well, I guess it all starts from when I was growing up in care in Glasgow.
I had always seen what wealthy people have, and what went through my mind was: why can't we have this for everyone? Why do some people have more than others, and why is their life so different from mine?
By my late teens I just saw the world as being unfair, and 'justice' being dished out by the rich ones who think they're better than the rest of us. I became a member of an anti-fascist group.
It was when I was in college for the second time, to study animal care, that a good friend of mine mentioned that what I was saying was the same as Karl Marx. I asked her, "who the bloody hell is he?"
She told me to read the Communist Manifesto, so I did. It turns out I had been thinking a lot of what Marx was saying all those years ago.
When I left Scotland, I saw myself as a Marxist, someone who keeps seeking truth in the world. I moved to Reading.
But I went to ground, and felt I was lost - until, at Reading Pride, I was given a flyer for the Socialist Party.
I looked into it. This was a way of expressing my ideas about everyone getting a fair hand in life. I was welcomed by the Reading branch with open arms, and was fascinated by my first meeting of the party.
Now I stand on campaign stalls with my new comrades, to fight the austerity of this blood-hungry government.
It was a new way to fight for me, someone who had been accustomed only to force, to letting fur fly. So thank you for taking the time to read this story from a Glasgow boy.