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From The Socialist newspaper, 5 September 2018
Capitalism in crisis: news in brief
Bezos wants workers terrified
Amazon, photo Scott Lewis./CC, photo Scott Lewis/Creative Commons (Click to enlarge)
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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Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal
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 5 September 2018:
What we think
Unions must lead in fight to kick Tories out
Labour: Blairite wreckers must be given the boot
Theresa May's 'Chequers deal' mauled by Johnson and EU: fight for a socialist Brexit!
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Fight racism, fight capitalism!
Legal Costs Fund Appeal launched for former Derby TUSC election agent
Birmingham Socialist sales success
Obituary: Stan Herschel
Socialist Party news and analysis
Tory and Blairite racist policy is behind Windrush fatality
Self-harm soars among young: fight the mental health crisis
Them & Us
Capitalism in crisis: news in brief
What we heard
PCS union: build the fight for a pay rise and against austerity - re-elect Chris Baugh
DWP: PCS union builds fightback on pay
PCS members in Land Registry demand 6% pay rise
International socialist news and analysis
Germany: violent attacks in Chemnitz - how can the far right be stopped?
Workplace news and analysis
Shop workers hungry for £10 an hour now and an end to zero-hour contracts
Guards continue fight against driver-only operation following Merseyrail victory
Higher education ballot: vote Yes and strike for pay and equality!
Housing workers walkout forces improved pay deal
Liebherr Sunderland strike continues
A day in the life of a carer: "I am having trouble feeding my children on my wages"
The Socialist inbox
GDPR data laws: Punishing workers for human mistakes
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