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The Socialist Party and the Scottish Referendum

Most of us don’t own a single square inch of Scotland. It doesn’t belong to us: we just live here and work for the people who do own it. In or out of the Union, that won’t change.

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Book Review: 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century'

Capital in the Twenty-First Century. By Thomas Piketty. Harvard University Press. 700 pages. 2014

Capitalism is based on the ownership and control of the means of wealth production by a...

Neither ‘Yes’ nor ‘No’ but World Socialism

In March the Scottish nationalist website Bella Caledonia interviewed ‘veteran left-winger’ Tariq Ali after he called for a ‘Yes’ vote in this month’s referendum in Scotland. We disagree.

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Fighting Human Nature

Critics sometimes say that socialist society will not work, on the grounds that people are by nature greedy or selfish or lazy or whatever. Here we examine one writer’s arguments to the effect...

Editorial: Is it Better to be Exploited by One’s Fellow-countrymen?

‘If they speak consciously and openly to the working class, then they summarise their philanthropy in the following words: It is better to be exploited by one’s fellow-countrymen than by foreigners.’ (Marx, 1848)
 

A separate parliament in Scotland would be a capitalist parliament. It would not provide Scottish workers with any greater control over their own lives. Scotland would remain an integral part of international capitalism. An Edinburgh sovereign parliament will leave the workers in exactly the same position as before.

Debate - Is Britain Worth Dying For?

Debate - Is Britain Worth Dying For?
'No' - Steve Coleman
'Yes' - Lady Olga Maitland, (Women and Families for Defence)
Central library, Islington

Recorded: 
Thursday, 19 January 1984

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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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