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The Socialist 8 August 2018

Tories and Blairites must go

The Socialist issue 1005

Corbyn must end false unity with Labour's right


Birmingham home carers strike

Northants Council in total collapse: for a citizens' assembly to draw up a 'needs budget'

Rents soar 60% faster than pay - while spivs plan luxury homes on Green Belt

Tax-dodging tech bosses make billons ... while 6m workers fear the scrapheap

No to Tory plans for radioactive waste under national parks

Them & us


The fight against Labour's Blairites and TUSC's role now


NHS workers angry at reality of mis-sold 'pay rise'

Government fails to deliver on funding and teachers' pay - demand action to win 5%

PCS union: break the pay cap - the fight continues!

Kirklees bin workers' strike forces management back

Ministry of Justice workers angry at barrage of attacks

Take on probation privatisation with union action

Bournemouth train guards' RMT strike

London cleaners' coordinated strike


Israel - Protest rally against the Nationality Law

Deadly fires ravage Greece: austerity contributed to high loss of life and property

Striking Portuguese dockers show the way forward


A mass campaign and trade union organisation can defeat the far-right FLA

Protests win temporary halt to refugee evictions in Glasgow

Why I joined: "I saw the need for Corbyn to stand against the right"

Shropshire NHS - fight the cuts to our services!

Tolpuddle festival: combative trade unionism and anticipation of general election

Trade unions mobilise against EDL in Worcester


A must-read for anyone fighting NHS cuts

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Tax-dodging tech bosses make billons... while 6m workers fear the scrapheap

Nationalise the big tech firms

Billionaire Bezos would be nothing without his workers, photos reynermedia, Steve Jurvetson, Scott Lewis, all CC

Billionaire Bezos would be nothing without his workers, photos reynermedia, Steve Jurvetson, Scott Lewis, all CC   (Click to enlarge)

Stephanie Hammond

Every ten seconds, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos makes the median salary of one of his employees: $28,000.

Bezos, the richest man in history, has a net worth of over $150 billion. Meanwhile, workers at Amazon's 'fulfilment centre' warehouses are subject to total surveillance and impossible quotas pushing them to the limits of human endurance.

He is just one of the billionaires of Silicon Valley who hoard exorbitant wealth. They represent a new type of technocratic oligarch, with zero accountability, able to dictate the trajectory of technology and how it impacts everyone else, for better or worse.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently lost over $15 billion in net worth overnight. That's more than most people can earn in a thousand lifetimes, and it won't affect him a bit.

How many quality, affordable homes could be built for what the casino-house markets removed in a day? How many illnesses treated, mouths fed, classes taught, and public works funded?

The source of his wealth, perversely, lies in the freely given data of Facebook's more than 2.3 billion users. We are paid infinitely less than the chief executive who trades on our lives being abused for advertising revenue or political capital.

Tesla founder Elon Musk has consistently union-busted, with injuries, poor pay and conditions at his plants - while he dreams up personal pet projects of colonising Mars.

These people barely pay a crumb of tax, and in fact count on subsidies when they open new factories or offices. Last year, Facebook paid just 2.6 million corporation tax in Britain. And Amazon's payment halved - while it posted record profit in its most recent financial quarter.

However repulsive these figures are, the question is not of individual morals - or even of technology - but how society is organised.

The internet has offered unprecedented access to information, and a means of forming bonds between people everywhere in the world.

But like the great new machines that fuelled the industrial revolution, the question is roughly the same: who overwhelmingly benefits from these amazing new technologies - the bosses, or the rest of us?

The bosses want to use new technology to maximise profit, but also fear the social consequences. Over six million workers in Britain worry new tech will destroy their jobs, according to a parliamentary commission.

But automation would not be a problem in a democratically planned, socialist world. It could lift countless burdens from the backs of workers. The working class could collectively reap the rewards: better living standards, more leisure time and the opportunity to pursue other, creative work.

Why should this new digital oligarchy, or any capitalist, have the final say? The Socialist Party says: nationalise the tech giants and top corporations. Plan production to provide plenty for all - not opulence and vanity projects for the billionaires.


In this issue


What we think

Corbyn must end false unity with Labour's right


Socialist Party news and analysis

Birmingham home carers strike

Northants Council in total collapse: for a citizens' assembly to draw up a 'needs budget'

Rents soar 60% faster than pay - while spivs plan luxury homes on Green Belt

Tax-dodging tech bosses make billons ... while 6m workers fear the scrapheap

No to Tory plans for radioactive waste under national parks

Them & us


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

The fight against Labour's Blairites and TUSC's role now


Workplace news and analysis

NHS workers angry at reality of mis-sold 'pay rise'

Government fails to deliver on funding and teachers' pay - demand action to win 5%

PCS union: break the pay cap - the fight continues!

Kirklees bin workers' strike forces management back

Ministry of Justice workers angry at barrage of attacks

Take on probation privatisation with union action

Bournemouth train guards' RMT strike

London cleaners' coordinated strike


International socialist news and analysis

Israel - Protest rally against the Nationality Law

Deadly fires ravage Greece: austerity contributed to high loss of life and property

Striking Portuguese dockers show the way forward


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

A mass campaign and trade union organisation can defeat the far-right FLA

Protests win temporary halt to refugee evictions in Glasgow

Why I joined: "I saw the need for Corbyn to stand against the right"

Shropshire NHS - fight the cuts to our services!

Tolpuddle festival: combative trade unionism and anticipation of general election

Trade unions mobilise against EDL in Worcester


Opinion

A must-read for anyone fighting NHS cuts

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