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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 July 2018

Socialism 2018: a weekend of discussion and debate on socialist ideas to change the world

The Rally for Socialism 2017, photo Mary Finch

The Rally for Socialism 2017, photo Mary Finch   (Click to enlarge)

10-11 November, central London. These are some of the issues we want to grapple with at Socialism 2018:

Austerity

is destroying lives, driving down our living conditions while the rich get richer. The Tories aim to continue it forever.

Can we get rid of the Tory government? Can councils actually set a no-cuts budget? Do they have any power to resist?

Trump

is hated - but how can he be stopped? What will be the consequences of Trump's America First policy? Will we go from trade war to military war? Will he cause a new world economic crisis?

Corbyn

was raised to the Labour leadership by people hungry for an end to austerity. And yet every step he takes is blocked by the right wing in the Labour Party. Can the Labour Party be transformed into a party of the working class?

Racism

must be countered whenever it emerges. But how? What kind of organisation is the Football Lads Alliance? How can they be stopped? Why did Malcolm X come to the conclusion that you can't have capitalism without racism?

Brexit

has split the Tories down the middle. Does the EU single market act as an obstacle to implementing socialist policies? Is a socialist Brexit possible? What will Brexit mean for Northern Ireland? Can the EU ever act in workers' interests?

Marxism

says that philosophers have interpreted the world - but the point is to change it! 200 years after the birth of Karl Marx does Marxism still help us in the fight for socialism?

Trade unions

have over six million members but what can they do to defend workers in the gig economy, zero-hour contract workers in retail and hospitality, refugees? What is their role in Austerity Britain? Is there a crisis of leadership?

Women

are rising up across the world against sexism. But how can liberation from oppression be won? How does the fight for trans rights connect? Can we build a movement to fight for all?

Keynote speakers will include

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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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In The Socialist 4 July 2018:


NHS

NHS: underfunded, under attack

NHS at 70: a fight for our lives!

Thousands march against NHS cuts and privatisation

Welsh Labour NHS hypocrisy at Tredegar rally


What we think

NSSN conference 2018


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

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Issue 1000 extra 1,000 sales target smashed!

Spycops inquiry - dancing to the police's tune


Socialist Party news and analysis

No to sexism! No to Trump!

Social care funding crisis: no to an age levy - make the super-rich pay

Tories pledge three-year private tenancies: fight for rent caps and council homes

EU lets 200 refugees drown in three days

British state complicit in torture and rendition: put Blair and Straw in the dock!

Them & us

What we saw


International socialist news and analysis

#AmazonTax shows need for socialist fighters

Obrador's crushing victory gives hope to Mexico's poor

'CAS nunca mas': stop mass lay-offs and precarious contracts in Peru!

US unions facing new challenge after Supreme Court ruling


Workplace news and analysis

Probation service: 'You are not a priority'

Treasury imposes civil service pay limit - vote Yes to strike action

Bin workers take strike action after talks with Kirklees council collapse

Victory for London's young workers in privatiser's non-payment of 'living wage' scandal

Socialist Party members have big impact as Unite conference kicks off

Yorkshire NSSN meeting starts coordinating struggles

Swansea postal workers strike to defend colleague

New publication: Workers' control and workers' management


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