Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/525/3893

From The Socialist newspaper, 19 March 2008

Global economic crisis

We can't pay the price - organise to fightback!

Dow Jones falls amid turbulence, 19 march 2008

Dow Jones falls amid turbulence, 19 march 2008

AMERICA IS in recession and news of deepening financial disaster comes thick and fast. Now, Bear Stearns, America's fifth largest investment bank has suddenly collapsed, triggering an emergency takeover of it by JPMorgan.

Judy Beishon

JPMorgan only agreed to the deal on the basis of the US Federal Reserve using taxpayers' money to guarantee $30 billion of the bankrupt bank's suspect loans. Terrified of further major bank collapses, the Federal Reserve also made $200 billion available for crisis loans to banks.

These actions and sums are unprecedented - as was the 24 billion crisis funding to Northern Rock in Britain.

Banks like Bear Stearns have lent huge sums of money that they did not actually have, enriching their shareholders and directors in the process. Almost unimaginable sums of money have also been 'traded' and betted, in a vast tangled web of transactions that spiraled and escalated. Now the edifice is crashing down.

Governments and top financiers across the world are realising how unstable the entire global financial system is. Panic is setting in, with references being made to the 1929 stock market crash. The US Fed is cutting interest rates to try to stem the flow of disasters. The problem though is not that interest rates are too high, but that no-one is daring to lend money in the first place.

This rapidly-descending crisis has not been caused by ordinary people, but we are expected to pay the price, in the form of low pay, lost homes, job losses, service cuts and other attacks. The blame lies with the capitalist profit system, which has always had periodic crises and always will, for as long as it exists.

Added to this, the economic prospects have been worsened by the phenomenal greed and mismanagement of those at the top of society. Regarding this in the US, Larry Elliot, economics editor of The Guardian, commented: "it is somewhat surprising that there is not already rioting in the streets, given the gigantic fraud perpetrated by the financial elite at the expense of ordinary Americans".

The US super-rich have increased their wealth massively over recent years, while ordinary people have not. A similar wealth gap has become more obscene in Britain too, yet incredibly, government minister John Hutton declared just last week that "more millionaires" are needed and that the 'freedom' to get rich is "a good thing".

Rather than 'rioting in the streets', workers must get organised, in fighting trade unions and by building a new force - a new workers' party - that can challenge the crisis ridden and rotten capitalist system. This party will need to pose a socialist alternative; that of replacing the madness of the profit-driven 'free market' with democratically elected, accountable, decision-making bodies at every level of society, that could plan the use of all resources for the benefit of the overwhelming majority of people.

On the 15 March national anti-war demonstration, hundreds of young people expressed an interest in the socialist ideas being put forward by the Socialist Party. A new generation is looking for a different future. Join us in fighting for one.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 19 March 2008:

Global economic crisis

Darling's 'more of the same' budget


Anti-war demonstration

Interest in socialist ideas on anti-war demo


National Union of Teachers Conference

Strike back against pay robbery!

Magic strike at Merlin school

School tries to evict pupils


Socialist Party youth and students

Fight for decent youth facilities

Socialist Students


Socialist Party workplace news

Anger and strength in the DWP workplaces

End the blacklist!

Support for Shelter staff

Pay more to get less

One law for them, another law for us

In brief


Socialist Party news and analysis

It's not that councillors can't fight...it's that they won't!

Sack the mayor - not the wardens!

Remote MPs' privileged lifestyle

Salford campaign reprieves women's centre


Post Office closures

No more post office closures!

Following the Essex road


Socialist Party congress 2008

Socialist Party 2008 congress

Building a campaigning, fighting socialist party


International socialist news and analysis

Portugal: Strikes and mass protests against government


 

Home   |   The Socialist 19 March 2008   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

World economy:

triangleWhat lies behind the US-China trade war?

triangleNew recession fear stalks the world economy

triangleTrump's tariffs raise international tensions

triangle10 years since the financial crash - the socialist answer to capitalist crisis

triangleTory crisis deepens - demand a general election now!

Stock market crash:

triangleChina at a turning point

Global:

triangleProfit system rapidly destroying environment

triangleLabour needs socialist policies to solve "climate emergency"

triangleClimate change protest in London on 12.4.19, photo Mary Finch

US:

triangle50 years since Apollo 11 - 'One giant leap': how political conflict launched the moon landing

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

Capitalist:

triangleStop Boris - General election now

Capitalist system:

trianglePhilip Green scandal - bring him down like BHS

Super-rich:

triangleTake the wealth off the super-rich

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

18/7/19

Education

Tories prepare to attack education workers' pensions

17/7/19

Hackney

Transport strike - blockade foils employers

17/7/19

NSSN

NSSN conference 2019: at the heart of trade union struggle

17/7/19

Climate change

Socialist change to end climate change

17/7/19

Socialist Party

Excellent response to building fund appeal

17/7/19

Durham

Durham Miners' Gala

17/7/19

Housing

Residents mobilise to stop eviction

17/7/19

NHS

Campaigners force U-turn over NHS privatisation

17/7/19

Austerity

Leicestershire - No more austerity!

17/7/19

Fighting Fund

Socialist Party Fighting Fund

17/7/19

Fire service

Stop the fire service cuts

17/7/19

National Education Union

Council seeks to take budget deficit out on school staff and pupils

17/7/19

Newham

Newham housing repairs workers announce strike dates

17/7/19

Bradford

Bradford NHS workers strike against privatisation

17/7/19

Lincolnshire

Health visitors strike for the first time ever

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999