New sign of povertyNovember 22, 2023
It has become common recently to talk of a ‘cost-of-living crisis’ in the UK and elsewhere, as people’s incomes struggle to keep up with price increases.
A dramatic example of this is the recent Autumn Statement from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation that two million households in Britain have in recent months turned off their fridge or freezer in order to save energy and money. And a quarter of low-income households have run up debts to pay for food, while a third sold belongings to raise cash.
This in the fifth richest country in the world (measured by total household wealth)! Such is capitalism, and this is why it needs to be replaced.
An end to bordersNovember 15, 2023
So refugees and asylum seekers cannot be sent to Rwanda. That’s what the Supreme Court has ruled. While that’s something those potentially affected will celebrate and socialists will welcome, we would see it as the best outcome if it raised the whole question of borders and states as a means of controlling and defining people and fuelling nationalistic and racial divisions.
While it’s true that to demand to abolish borders and states will seem to many as unthinkable as it was once to ask to abolish slavery, slavery was finally abolished. Borders and states can be too – but only as part of the abolition of money and wages and the whole of the profit system, since they are all part of the intricate jigsaw that makes up capitalism (see this review)
In other news…November 8, 2023
Sudan has fallen off the mainstream news agenda. This despite the fact, as reported by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), that ‘some 14 million children in Sudan are in urgent need of life-saving humanitarian assistance’ and ‘many of them are living in a state of perpetual fear – fear of being killed, injured, recruited or used by armed actors’.
Around 10,000 civilians have been killed and close to 6 million people forced to flee their homes with horrific reports of rape and sexual violence. The struggle, as wars generally are in capitalism, is largely over resources and strategic positions.
Funny that this conflict isn’t getting the same attention or protests as the ones in Ukraine and Gaza.
A solutionOctober 30, 2023
What with the ongoing horrors in Gaza, the seemingly endless Ukraine-Russia war, the thousands of people fleeing conflict and extreme deprivation to seek refuge in safer places, and the relentless rise of global temperature, it is tempting to despair of finding any solution to the world’s problems. It’s important to remember, however, that there is a solution – to dismantle the system that is the root cause of all of these problems – capitalism – and replace it with a humane society that does not have money or borders – socialism.
A moneyless, non-market, democratically run society of common ownership and collective production would eliminate war and poverty, and allow us to concentrate on limiting the environmental damage caused by modern industry.
Wiki warsOctober 8, 2023
Wikipedia co-founder Lawrence Sanger recently accused the CIA, FBI and other US intelligence agencies of manipulating the online encyclopaedia for ‘info warfare’ over the past 15 years.
This won’t come as a huge surprise, given that there have been many previous reports of politically motivated ‘tampering’. What is a surprise is that Sanger is claiming that this state interference is too left-wing, and that Google conspires to bury more ‘trustworthy’ alternatives like Conservapedia well down the results page.
Meanwhile other activists have noted that US agencies have tried to remove information about Iraq War casualties and Guantanamo Bay. How terribly left-wing of them!
Wikipedia is to information what socialism would be to resources. Typical that capitalism would make it a warzone.