Archive article from The Socialist Issue 366
A Socialist World Is Possible
TWO WEEKS ago, two thousand people in a hall in Bournemouth - overwhelmingly wealthy, male and over sixty - dominated the entire media, as every aspect of the Tory Party conference was pored over. The week before that the Labour Party conference, of not many more people, got even more media attention.
The 20,000 mainly young people who will gather in London this weekend for the third meeting of the European Social Forum (ESF) will not receive a hundredth of the publicity - except in papers like the socialist.
But whereas the establishment parties represent the past, in some senses the young people at the ESF - and the many others who are angry at the existing order - represent the future. They cannot accept a world where:
It is capitalism - a system based on a relentless drive for profit - that is responsible for these ills.
If you look up 'capitalism' in the Collins English Dictionary it suggests you compare it with the alternative - 'socialism'. And genuine socialism, not the grotesque caricature that existed in the Soviet Union, is the only viable alternative to capitalism.
The slogan of the ESF is 'another world is possible'. But to fight for a world that takes the enormous wealth, science and technique of capitalism and uses it, not for warmongering and profiteering but to meet the needs of humanity, means fighting for socialism. Join us today.
European Social Forum: on this site
a Socialist Economy would Work
Workers Must Fight