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From The Socialist newspaper, 14 May 2014
Why I joined the Socialist Party
It's not working any more, is it? Inequality; that you can lose your job so the rich owner can shovel up another few pence; that you can work but not afford to live, hounded by debt collectors, unable to afford to even be warm. And our leaders, not liked, not respected and, increasingly, not even voted for.
I am the daughter of a trade unionist so not a stranger to socialism. That familiarity makes it easy to see socialism as, not just a solution, but the only solution. All our problems are because of capitalism. I think it's going to be just a matter of time. People will come to the same conclusion.
What did Einstein say? The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result? People bounce between Labour and Conservative and hate both, and see it's all getting worse and worse.
Ukip is just a symptom in my view. Eventually, equality will be the issue of our time and the need to save the planet. That will be the time for socialism to prove itself. Be ready!
Karen von Cripps
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In The Socialist 14 May 2014:
Vote Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
For the millions not the billionaires
Fight back at the ballot box on 22 May
Building Labour: when workers first formed own party
Southampton: Showing what's possible
Liverpool City Council 1983-87: "We had a choice"
Why we're standing as TUSC candidates
On the campaign trail with TUSC
Socialist Party news and analysis
Ukip - the establishment's 'anti-establishment' party
Housing evictions - main parties to blame
Gove robs education budget to fund 'Free Schools'
Them & Us
Socialist Party feature
What's socialism got to do with fighting austerity?
International socialist news and analysis
South Africa: The ANC victory, WASP and the EFF
Capitalist politicians can't solve Boko Haram crisis
Ireland: Election campaigns "referendum on austerity"
Socialist Party workplace news
Care UK strike: NHS workers v NHS privatisation
PCS: Re-election of a fighting, socialist leadership
Leadership challenged at Usdaw conference
Brighton: Determined to fight college cuts
Transport workers' international meeting
Workplace news in brief
Fight together for pay rise - Come to NSSN conference
TV review: In the Flesh
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Fight back to scrap junk jobs
Freedom Riders- action brings victory
Building TUSC, building socialism
Donate to the election appeal!
Why I joined the Socialist Party
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