May 2020

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The Socialist Party is unique and like no other political party in Britain. It is made up of people who have joined together because we want to get rid of the profit system and establish real socialism. More


SPGB now online in Discord

– Audio talks – Meetings – Debates –

And of course visitors are very welcome too, and are free to join any online Discord meeting just as they would be free to attend any physical meeting by the Socialist Party or its companion parties. This is a great opportunity to chat to socialists from around the world without leaving your house!

And if anyone is thinking of joining, having a live chat about it with members is much more fun and informative than simply filling in a form on the website.

If you’d like to drop in and chat to us online, or come to one of our talks or other events, just contact Forum Admin for special invite or email


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Summer-School-2020 coming soon on Discord

Unfortunately our ‘physical’ Summer School fell prey to lockdown restrictions as Fircroft College had to cancel the booking, but we are going ahead with a ‘virtual’ Fircroft on the Discord platform, so watch this space for further announcements.

The Socialist Party’s 2020 Summer School looks at technological progress and its application in the past, present and future.

This weekend of talks and discussion is an exciting opportunity to share and explore revolutionary ideas with others, through the SPGB’s Discord server. More >



No. 1389 May 2020

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Socialist Standard May 2020

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Socialist Standard May 2020

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The Socialist Standard is a monthly socialist newspaper published without interruption since 1904 by the Socialist Party of Great Britain.  More


If you were to compile a list of essential workers that your community has been reliant on during the Coronavirus crisis, you’d very likely not include billionaires, CEOs, businessmen, bankers, economists or the royals or that class of people who live off rent, interest and profit. ..More >.


Labour Leader: Faux Radicalism
Labour Party: normal service is resumed.

Keir Starmer has been elected the leader of the Labour Party with 56.2 percent of the vote. His background is a legal one. More >


Society: Abstraction or Reality

Margaret Thatcher once famously said that there is no such thing as society, just individuals and families. It sounds like obvious nonsense, but she claimed that this remark was usually quoted out of context: More >


UBI: Redistributing Poverty
From Lockdown to Basic Income?

The acolytes of the fashionable radical idea of Universal Basic Income (UBI) must have been overjoyed by two recent news items. More >


The Virus Media Perspective: Televisual Tripe
 Covid-19 and the Media:

Quarantined at home for the last few weeks, my media consumption has mainly revolved around my three-year-old son’s favourite TV animations. But in between episodes of Paw Patrol and Peppa Pig, I’ve been watching the Covid-19 news narrative unfold. More >

Book Reviews



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All Here

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No state, no leaders; a genuine democracy. Common ownership. Abolition of the wages system.

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