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Meetings and Street Stalls -

NORTH LONDON- Mayton Street Festival Saturday, 8th July 2017 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm. The Party will have a stall at this event.

CANTERBURY Street Stall Saturday, 15th July 2017 - 12:00pm.

KENTISHTOWN- The Russian Revolution Thursday, 20th July 2017 - 8:00pm. Open discussion facilitated by Bill Martin.

 

BIRMINGHAM - SUMMER SCHOOL FIRCROFT COLLEGE - Summer School 2017 - 'The Environment' Friday, 21st July 2017 - 6:00pm - Sunday, 23rd July 2017 - 2:00pm

 

Latest issue of the SOCIALIST STANDARD July 2017

 

Recent Additions to the SOCIALIST STANDARD archive

HOUSING

Editorial: The Housing Problem (May 1963) Yet the harsh fact is that the problem of housing, far from being a temporary inconvenience or a passing hardship, is a problem as old as capitalism itself and one that will remain unresolved as long as capitalism lasts.

Housing and Human Problems (By Eddie Critchfield, May 1963) Capitalism does things in a big way. It can produce huge quantities of goods and build enormous cities. And just as surely, in its usual contradictory way, the majority of its people have to put up with narrow, drab lives. And for the lonely ones the very bigness of capitalism's towns restrict their chances of ever belonging anywhere.

The Economics of Housing (Edgar Hardcastle, May 1963) The reason the housing problem has never been solved is that it is not really a housing problem at all but part of another and larger problem. The nature of this problem is indicated by the names of some of the housing Acts, names such as “Housing of the Working Classes Act,” “Artisans Dwellings Act "—but whoever heard of an Act for the housing of landed aristocrats or one for millionaires and company directors?

Housing Crisis (Richard Lloyd, September 1983) But the housing market is so irrational and unplanned that even those who own and control the industry cannot now make a profit without the state helping them out. Subsidies, tax-relief and other forms of government inducements are all intended to make the housing market profitable enough for capitalists to invest in.

Capitalism Causes Housing Problems (Richard Lloyd, January 1990) Workers living in squalid post-war slums are more fortunate than some others in our class. At least they have a roof over their heads, albeit one often needing an umbrella. Some twenty miles away from the suburbs of Harrow, near the South Bank in central London literally scores of homeless workers, of both sexes, are forced to live in the open air because they simply do not have enough money to rent even slum accommodation.

 

THE LABOUR PARTY

Shall We Join The Labour Party? (Edgar Hardcastle, May 1923) There are some people whose sole contribution to working class organisation is to moan perpetually about the multiplicity of parties, and to bleat day and night for unity. They are the mentally indolent who never trouble to understand the principles of the parties they criticise, and knowing nothing of the underlying causes of political antagonisms their criticisms have no value whatever

What Comes After The Labour Government? (Edgar Hardcastle, July 1947) Mr. Shinwell, Minister of Fuel, has resurrected an old legend. Speaking at Margate on May 7th he said: “There was a lot of talk of what kind of a Government would come in after this one, but there was only one possible kind which could come in and that was a Government even more to the left.” (News-Chronicle, May 8th, 1947.) Ever since the first Labour Government in any country took over the hopeless task of making the bitter fruits of capitalism palatable to the exploited class there have been a series of defences put out by Labour leaders.

The Labour Party and the Unemployed (F.C. Watts, February 1908) When we on the other hand insist that since unemployment is inseparable from capitalism, and since from unemployment flow the greatest miseries of the workers, including the wholesale starvation of children, women and men, and since, moreover, the abolition of capitalist exploitation is admittedly the only solution of unemployment, therefore the workers should concentrate upon the capture of political supremacy in order to abolish class exploitation, when we insist upon this, the only logical policy, we are dubbed impossiblists, heresy hunters, or moon-raking rainbow-chasers by those whose hard-headed, practical and "possible” policy consists in requesting of fire that it shall not burn.

Is the Labour Government Crumbling Away? (Ivan, August 1968) One thing which can be guaranteed wonderfully to concentrate the minds of politicians is the prospect of being rejected by the voters. The Labour Party, never let it be forgotten, have always claimed that the secret of success was to get into power, on no matter what programme, and then think about reforming capitalism and even introducing Socialism—or rather what some of them think of as Socialism.

When Labour Ruled (2) (Adam Buick, December 1991) Whenever profits have been threatened, as by a failure of exports to sell well enough or by an economic downturn, Labour governments have reacted by restraining and freezing wages and by postponing and cutting back on social reforms. This is not because they are incompetent or dishonest or traitors but because that is what managing capitalism involves.

 

BOOK REVIEWS

Housing: An Anarchist Approach by Colin Ward (Reviewed by Robert Barltrop, September 1976)

Britain in the Sixties - Housing by Stanley Alderson (Reviewed by Eddie Critchfield, May 1963)

The Greek Tragedy by Constantine Tsoucalas (Reviewed by Adam Buick, March 1970)

The NHS: A Picture of Health? by Steve Iliffe (Reviewed by Carl Pinel, March 1984)

Inside the Inner City: Life Under the Cutting Edge by Paul Harrison (Reviewed by Philip Bentley, February 1984)

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Can the Welfare State Survive? (By Terry Lawlor, September 1992)

Thatcher's Monetarism (By Ivan, June 1980)

Mental Ill-health and Suicide (By Eva Goodman, July 1980)

Marx's Conception of Socialism - Part 1 (By Edgar Hardcastle, July 1983)

Debate - Socialism or Anarchism? (August 1957)