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Socialism 2008

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From: The Socialist issue 554, 29 October 2008: Worlds apart - in ‘them and us’ society

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Capitalism in crisis - come and hear the case for socialism

Time to change the world

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We are living in historic times. The utter unplanned chaos of those 'in control' of the levers of finance has been revealed to working-class people.

Rob Windsor, Socialist councillor Coventry

The self styled 'masters of the universe' have been exposed for the parasites - who have gambled away trillions - that they are. People are outraged, firstly at these creatures' wanton recklessness, but even more so at the fact that they have been bailed out with our money.

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If you bet a fiver on a horse and it lost, Gordon Brown wouldn't send you a giro to compensate, yet when bankers gamble billions and we end up paying the price, they get off the hook.

People are thirsting for explanation. At a recent community meeting in our area Socialist Party councillor Dave Nellist was quizzed by everyone about what is going on and why.

Never has there been such a need to give a socialist explanation of the crisis-ridden capitalist system and what to do about it. And that is what you will get at the Rally for Socialism on 8 November, part of the Socialism 2008 weekend.

Join hundreds of workers, trade unionists and young people to hear the case for socialism. Many people are now asking "was Marx right?" Marx's economic analysis of capitalism has certainly been proved correct. But another thing he said was: "Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it".

Socialism 2008 will help to arm our class with the ideas and programme needed to do just that. One of the immediate requirements for successful struggle is a mass political party that represents our interests, not the bosses.

The closing rally is a debate on how the working class can fight for a political voice. Speakers include Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary; councillor Dave Nellist, national chair of the Campaign for a New Workers' Party; Hannah Sell, Socialist Party deputy general secretary; Kevin Ovenden, Respect; and Mark Steel, comedian.

Don't just attend these crucial events yourself. Tell everyone you know about them - give them the opportunity to be part of the struggle for a socialist world.

Rally for Socialism

Socialism 2008 Rally

Socialism 2008 Rally

Saturday 8 November, 5.30-8.30pm
Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, London
Tickets available on the door, £5.

The speakers will include: Janice Godrich, president of the civil servants' union; Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary; Robbie Segal, candidate for the presidency of the shop-workers' union (she won 40% of the vote in the general secretary election); Fang Guoli, a Chinese socialist and activist; David Redelberger, a German school student strike leader; Nikos Anastasiadis, a leading activist from the new Greek coalition of the radical left, Syriza; Onay Kasab, Greenwich Unison branch secretary, currently being witch hunted; and Tony Mulhearn, one of the leaders of the Liverpool council struggle in the 1980s.

Closing rally

How can we fight for a working-class political voice?

Sunday 9 November, 3-4.30pm
Logan Hall, Institute of Education, London WC1

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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.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
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  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
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