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The Socialist: read it, write it, sell it
Ian Pattison, the Socialist campaign organiser
Two thousand more people snapped up the Socialist on the streets over the last ten issues of 2016 than the same period in 2015. The number of copies that drop on the doormats of our subscribers has gone up too.
A study by Oxfam shows eight individuals now own as much wealth as half the world's population - 3.7 billion. After years of austerity - while the rich have got richer - 2016 saw the beginning of a working class revolt against the establishment.
It's becoming clearer and clearer that capitalism is incapable of providing a decent standard of living for the vast majority of people. A socialist paper is essential at a time like this to offer an alternative.
The Socialist has shown how over decades the Tories and New Labour have run down the NHS, preparing it for privatisation. Theresa May says 'crisis, what crisis?' But our NHS articles, written by health workers themselves in their own words, set out clearly what the problems are - and the solutions. We're backing the 4 March NHS national demonstration.
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2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution. The capitalist media will be full of articles denigrating the achievements of the revolution. The establishment will use this centenary to shoot down any idea that things can be different. The Socialist paper will challenge that bias, whether it's directed against workers 100 years ago or today.
The Socialist is a beacon for the idea that ordinary working class people can run society in our own interests.
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