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The Socialist 16 October 2004 |
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A Socialist World Is Possible
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:
The richest seven people on the planet own more wealth than the poorest 48
countries (UN report 1998).
In the US - the richest country on the planet - 45 million live below the
poverty line. Between 1973 and 2000 the average real income of the bottom 90%
of the US population declined while the income of the top 1% increased 123%.
Public services are being privatised and cut in every country of Europe.
Bush can spend $87 billion (and Gordon Brown £5 billion) on brutally
occupying Iraq for oil and prestige resulting in the death of at least 36,000
Iraqis and over a thousand coalition troops.
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.