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From The Socialist newspaper, 5 September 2018

Capitalism in crisis: news in brief

Bezos wants workers terrified

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Hundred-billionaire robber baron Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and owner of two - yes, two - historic Washington DC mansions (connected by a walkway), says this: "I constantly remind our employees to be afraid, to wake up every morning terrified." The statement recently emerged from a 1999 letter to shareholders.

You know what makes Jeff Bezos wake up terrified every morning? The thought of a unionised workforce, and the growing public sympathy with socialist ideas.

That's why he targeted Socialist Alternative's Seattle councillor Kshama Sawant. She tried to tax his massive corporate profits to pay for affordable homes. So let's make his nightmares come true.


Exit stage right

Spare a thought for Eddie Izzard. He only got to enjoy a couple of months of using his Labour NEC position to undermine Corbyn before being voted off. Love him.

Ross Saunders, Cardiff

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What we heard


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Workplace news and analysis

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Guards continue fight against driver-only operation following Merseyrail victory

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Housing workers walkout forces improved pay deal

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Opinion

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