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From The Socialist newspaper, 23 November 2016

Socialism 2016 - What you thought

School students discussing socialist ideas at Socialism 2016, photo Paula Mitchell

School students discussing socialist ideas at Socialism 2016, photo Paula Mitchell   (Click to enlarge)

The discussion between Peter Taaffe and Michael Crick was well worth attending. It highlighted the incapacity or inability of mainstream capitalist media to understand and grasp the size and breadth of the global revolt against capitalism, from the USA to Greece, Ireland, Spain, and here in Britain.

Kevin Corran, Salford

After Donald Trump's election I needed something to lift the gloom and this weekend has done just that. A valuable experience with the added benefit of being thoroughly enjoyable.

Paul Trickett, Northumbria University

Had a fantastic weekend at Socialism 2016. Highlights would have to be the sessions with Darletta Scruggs, Tony Mulhearn and Hugo Pierre. An event that doesn't fail to recharge the batteries for the battles ahead.

Trevor Maris, Chesterfield

Socialism 2016 was more than inspiring. To listen and learn from the struggles and experiences of comrades all around the world, shows that the if we fight, we can win. Brilliant speeches and contributions throughout the weekend showed that socialists do not only talk the talk but walk the walk. And we will carry on in the streets and workplaces

It was electrifying to hear comrades from Spain - Juan Ignacio Ramos; the USA - Darletta Scruggs, Ireland - Paul Murphy, victorious Butterfields tenants, Tamil Solidarity activists, leading trade union fighters. All of these were and are at the forefront of our struggles against the attacks of capitalism and to build an alternative system that works for all - a socialist society.

Joao Felix, Cardiff

When you see Paul Murphy speak at a massive rally, talking about the victories the workers have won in Ireland against water charges, in the Irish parliament representing working people, living on a workers' wage, being tried in court on false charges and facing prison for the crime of organising a movement and standing up for ordinary people, you know you are in the right party.

Jaime Davies, Caerphilly, south Wales

Great weekend at Socialism 2016. Great speakers with equally great contributions from the floor. The two rallies were superb.

Trevor Hall, Truro, Cornwall

Veterans of the great struggles of the working class of the Thatcher years (Liverpool and Poll Tax), American comrades talking about the resistance that is being organised against the presidency of Trump, Spanish comrades in Izquierda Revolucionaria... one word: wow!

Nicolas Croes, Leige, Belgium

At Socialism 2016 weekend many Socialist Party members wrote on the 'why I joined' wall about why they became members - here are some of the reasons:

Seeing pensioners queue for their savings when Northern Rock collapsed made me ask: "Can't it be better than this?"

To oppose the Tory government who were taking away EMA and increasing tuition fees

To build a society where we can all develop to the full (and fight long hours of work that make it hard to think and organise)

Because I wanted to do something to change the world

To join the fight to put the capitalist system to bed

To work with likeminded people in order to overthrow capitalism to create a new society which works in the interests of everyone

Because racism, sexism and homophobia cannot be defeated under capitalism

People before profit! Plan for people's needs first. Socialism is the only answer to all our problems

To fight environmental destruction and for nuclear disarmament

Because the Socialist Party defeated Thatcher and the Poll Tax

To place power back in the hands of ordinary people

Take the fight to the Tories (red and blue)

I'm sick of a system that makes me work to make the bosses rich

Hope, strategy and action. We are confident in our class, clear about our ideas and we don't just discuss but work to change the world

To resist Trump and fight for a real alternative to the status quo

To change the world you have to be organised against the capitalists

As a feminist I believe there is no chance of equality without defeating capitalism

The most committed socialists and the best debates, the fieriest fighters for the working class

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In The Socialist 23 November 2016:

Socialist Party news and analysis

Cash for rich and royals, cuts for the 99%

Tories drop 'pay to stay'

Tories plan pain with Brexit Autumn Statement

3.5bn on temporary housing for councils

'Just about managing': 2,500 worse off by 2020

Job figures mask casualisation

What We Saw

What we think

The Socialist Party and support for the Corbyn movement

Socialist Students

Fight back to save education!

Campaigning Socialist Students groups needed to hold student unions to account

N30 strike: five years on

Lessons of the 'N30' 2011 pension strike: when workers showed their power

International socialist news and analysis

USA: mass protests break out to #ResistTrump

Ireland: repeal the 8th Amendment - fight for abortion rights

Spain: Students' Union surges forward in historic congress

Hundreds rally to celebrate anniversary of Students' Union and Izquierda Revolucionaria

UN climate change summit: more hot air from Marrakech

Workplace news and analysis

"I don't always feel that I'm a carer anymore" - a day in the life

Southern Rail Strike

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Reselection motion passed at Labour Party branch

Packed-out Socialist Party meetings hear American socialist and Black Lives Matter activist

School talk on the struggle for the vote and its importance today

Socialist readers' comments and reviews

The Socialist inbox

"I can't stop thinking about Socialism 2016 - it was truly brilliant"

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