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From The Socialist newspaper, 2 November 2016

Why I joined the Socialist Party

"Our problems cannot be solved by capitalist politics"

Join the Socialists!, photo Helen Pattison

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Tom Costello, Lancashire Socialist Party

Capitalism is fundamentally flawed. The wellbeing of workers in Britain and across the world is being destroyed through savage cuts and austerity.

Imperialist states are waging war across the globe in the name of profit, there is a severe housing crisis with no end in sight and all of this is happening on the back of a major financial crisis that we still haven't yet 'recovered' from.

These problems are capitalist problems. They are caused by capitalism and they cannot be solved by capitalist politics. This is because of the ruthless nature of this economic system that will always prioritise profit over human need. And no amount of reforms can solve this. What we need is a full transformation of society to socialism, run democratically by the workers and for the workers.

We should not just oppose capitalism with words, but with action. We ought to be actively campaigning against the latest actions of the capitalist state, regardless of whether or not there are Tories or Blairites in government. That is why I have joined the Socialist Party.

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In The Socialist 2 November 2016:


What we think

Corbyn movement must seize initiative - or face defeat


Socialist Party news and analysis

Fight for decent jobs for all

Fight the 'burning' of our museums and libraries!

Battle of Orgreave: Establishment cover up continues

One third of 2010's new teachers have already quit

We are all Daniel Blake: no more deaths from benefit cuts

LGBT people need militancy, not false 'allies' like David Cameron

What we saw


Refugee solidarity

Solidarity with refugees

Demolition of Calais 'Jungle' camp - eyewitness report

My time in a detention centre


Socialist Party youth and students

Mass student strike rocks Spanish state

Glasgow School of Arts students "let us learn" revolt


International socialist news and analysis

EU-Canada trade deal battle points to Corbyn's Brexit opportunity


Environment and socialism

Heathrow expansion exposes Tory divisions


Socialist Party feature

Will workers on company boards make bosses accountable?


Workplace news and analysis

Sheffield bin workers' action strengthens in numbers and mood

Solid Southern strike continues against Britain's 'worst' train company

Newsquest strike: "It's impossible to do our jobs"

Outsourced ambulance workers strike in Tooting


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Glenfield heart unit closure: Over 1,000 march

Massive demo against A&E closure

Campaigners call on Greenwich council to oppose the Housing Act

Haringey care services face ruthless cuts and privatisation

Teaching assistants stage vigil and rally

"Our problems cannot be solved by capitalist politics"


 

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