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From The Socialist newspaper, 23 October 2019

Socialism 2019: Join us for a festival of ideas

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Sarah Sachs-Eldridge, Socialism 2019 organiser

Socialism 2019 is taking place at a time when the suffering inflicted by capitalism is at horrendous levels. Millions fear for the future. That's why so many have taken to the streets in the lightning flashes that warn of storms ahead.

We'll be getting together two days after 'Brexit Day' on 31 October, and as the Westminster crisis spirals deeper.

Socialism 2019 is ambitious. We set out to provide the ideas to fight back and win for the working class, young people and all suffering under capitalism in Britain and internationally. That means the fight for a socialist alternative to the chaos of capitalism.

Trump, the Tories, Erdogan in Turkey, Bolsonaro in Brazil, the Blairites opposing Corbyn, and the rest of the defenders of the capitalist system have no solutions to the problems we face. Impending environmental catastrophe, crippling poverty, inequality, and austerity compete to inflict even more suffering.

Growing support

No wonder the polls show growing support for action - but also for socialism, especially among young people. What is not clear is how this is going to be turned into mass action to fight the right and fight for socialist change.

Unfortunately, that is largely because the most prominent proponents of an anti-austerity position have not linked it with a programme for building mass action and organisations of the working class. So the theme of Socialism 2019 is that central task: how to fight the right and win.

Socialism 2019 is a call to action - to fight for united struggle against the right-wing defenders of capitalism, their attacks, their attempts to divide and weaken us.

That's why you need to be there.

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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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