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Beside the Seaside

'I grow old ... I grow old ...

I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled'

was how J.Alfred Prufrock intended to manage senility. But it was to be properly unchallenging:

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Material World: Capitalising on Disease

The World Health Organization (WHO) now estimates that the Ebola death toll in West Africa had surpassed 4,000—though it warned that the statistics ‘vastly underestimate’ the true scale of the...

Tory Bluster About ‘Human Rights’

The Tories are hard at work trying to reaffirm their reputation as the Stupid Party. In an imbecilic and shambolic fashion, they have announced they intend to repeal the Human Rights Act (HRA) and...

But is it Really Capitalism?

Can it truly be the case that capitalism no longer exists? We examine some claims along these lines.

Socialists argue that the dominant economic system today is capitalism, characterised by...

Editorial: Foolish Protest

So UKIP have won their first MP, Douglas Carswell, ex-Tory, currency crank and free-marketeer who wants to bash those on benefits even more. Quite how UKIP feel this can appeal to Labour voters is unclear. From a policy point of view, UKIP are still Tories,  an external faction of the Tory party, financed by jumped-up, opinionated businessmen who think they can buy themselves into politics.

The trouble is that people don’t always think rationally when it comes to protest votes. In this instance they are voting against something –the Labour, Tory and Lib Dem Westminster politicians – not for anything. UKIP voters won’t be interested in anything beyond the party’s anti-foreigner stance and don’t know or couldn’t care less what else it says it stands for. Nor would they expect UKIP to carry out its promises if they got into power any more than they expect the other parties to.

Banks and Banking Services

Glasgow branch meeting

Recorded: 
Wednesday, 16 November 2011

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The Socialist Party's latest pamphlet

Strange Meeting: Socialism and World War One

The First World War was one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history. Referred to as 'the war to end all wars', it was in fact the prelude to a century of mass killing and new ever more destructive weapons.

Socialists pointed out at the time that there were no working class issues at stake in the war: rather, it was fought as a consequence of rivalry among capitalist powers for markets, trade routes, raw materials and politico-military influence.

This pamphlet contains articles from the Socialist Standard between 1914 and 1918, which set out our principled opposition to the war, together with other material giving an overview of the war, its causes and its effects on working-class lives.

Price: £4.50
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