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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 December 2020

Why I joined the Socialist Party: To take part in meaningful political struggle against capitalism

Socialist Party members in Plymouth supporting a protest outside Debenhams

Socialist Party members in Plymouth supporting a protest outside Debenhams   (Click to enlarge)

Matt Carbery, Plymouth Socialist Party

Like many new Socialist Party members, I was formerly a Labour Party member during the Corbyn years. After the energy of that movement was lost, and it became clear that Labour was no safe home for real anti-capitalist action, I began looking for an organisation that doesn't consider socialism to be a dirty word.

It wasn't until I was in Plymouth city centre, shortly after the first lockdown, that I found what I was looking for: two socialists from the Plymouth branch on a campaign stall.

After a free-flowing conversation on topics ranging from austerity Britain, food banks, revolutionary history, the US election and trade unions, I knew I had to attend their next branch meeting.

Since then, several months have passed in which I've found my energies rewarded, my ideas valued and my friendship and loyalty returned in kind. I've found a home in the party; I only wish I'd found it sooner.

In my hometown of Plymouth I've watched as the chain store monopolies have dominated the city centre, while barren shop fronts and local businesses have borne the brunt of austerity. I have seen my former secondary school conglomerated into an academy trust, and the local university become just another neoliberal institution, with dramatically falling student intake.

Foodbank use and mutual aid programmes have increased substantially and, while these display tremendous community spirit, they don't solve the systemic issues which cause such poverty in the first place.

My passion for positive change now has a platform through which to develop in the Socialist Party. During my first speech at the branch, I spoke about the importance of socialism being based in both conversation and action. Having been a passionate reader of socialist writers for much of my adult life, I am now able to put that into practice with the help of members of my branch.

The support I've received and the responsibility I've been trusted with so far have convinced me I have made the right decision in joining the party. The range of excellent talks and discussions which took place during the recent Socialism 2020 event only confirmed this further.

I would encourage anyone who wants to take part in meaningful political struggle against the dehumanising effects of capitalism, locally and internationally, to join the Socialist Party.

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In The Socialist 9 December 2020:


News

Fund NHS, not Tory crony contracts

Covid vaccines only first step - fight job losses, austerity and 'virus' of capitalism

High street jobs, safety and pay: We have to fight

Super-rich tax evasion costs 34 million nurses worldwide

Luxury for some, poverty for the rest of us


What we think

Should Corbyn stand for London Mayor?


Workplace news

RMT gen sec election - vote for Steve Hedley

Further education workers win pay rise in Wales

HMRC pay talks - PCS needs to organise members now

Reinstate sacked Unite London bus rep Judith Katera

South London council workers vote to strike


International news

Right populism after Trump

Malaysia: Massive capitalist exploitation of migrant workers exposed by Covid pandemic

International news in brief


Engels

Engels and the answer to the housing question


Campaigns news

Welsh trades councils rally against the pay-freeze

Why I joined the Socialist Party

Tenants and workers unite to take on landlords

'Oxford, Cut the Rent!' campaign kicks off

York students determined to build for rent refunds and free education

London Socialist Party hits the streets


Readers' opinion

TV review: Red, White and Blue

The Socialist Inbox


Obituary

Obituary: Roger Priest


 

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