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  • in reply to: Venezuela #185887

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    The Socialist party of Great Britain asks, “When did the people of Venezuela get collective ownership of the means of production?” This is part of that perpetual argument, “True socialism has never been tried.” If the argument of the Socialist party is that many who claim to be acting in the name of economic equality get into power, focus their efforts on securing their grip on power, and then act in their own interest and only their own interest . . . yeah, no kidding. Thanks for noticing, guys:
    http://bit.ly/2ZM1l1u

    in reply to: Status of World Socialist Party (US) #184011

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    One of my favorite Twitter accounts is the official Twitter feed of the Socialist party of Great Britain. Folks often criticize me for engaging with it because it is so irrelevant, even in socialist circles. That in itself is a kind of accomplishment. It’s like the guy who attends Civil War reenactment-society meetings, but dresses in full Klingon battle regalia and screams at everyone that no one knows how to fight Romulans. “You call yourselves warriors, but none of you even knows how to swing a Bat’leth!” Virtually every time anyone says anything critical of Maduro’s — or Stalin’s — socialism, the SPGB Twitter feed leaps into action, raining “ACKSHULLYS” down like a UFC fighter beating on a 98-pound mugger. “Actually” real socialism is collective ownership of the means of production! Real socialism has never been tried! Soviet Communism was “state capitalism!” You can almost smell the old socks and stale urine wafting up from the guy tweeting from some public-library computer, his overstuffed shopping cart full of dog-eared copies of Das Kapital and back issues of Juggs close by his side. But that’s kinda what I like about the SPGB. At least they take their ideas seriously. They’ve constructed a wholly hypothetical alternative world that is simultaneously as plausible and impossible as Middle Earth or Westeros or a great meal at a Wolfgang Puck Express at the Newark airport. It sounds like it could be real, and it’s kind of fun to think about, but it’s not actually reality. It’s like they think they can pluck the Platonic ideal of a hamburger out of the ether and use it as a rhetorical cudgel to say a Five Guys burger “isn’t a real hamburger! Real hamburgers have never been tried!” Even the Wikipedia entry on the SPGB says: “The party’s political position has been described as a form of impossibilism.”

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    in reply to: Socialism has never been tried #133007

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    in reply to: Socialism has never been tried #133004

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    Cited here: Cognitive Dissonance: The Psychological Phenomenon that Explains Why Intellectuals Can’t Stop Believing Socialism Works

    in reply to: Mentioned in despatches #131165

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    One of my favorite guilty pleasures is the Socialist Party of Great Britain’s Twitter feed, which insists daily that the socialist ideal has never been tarnished by real-world socialists. A tweet permanently affixed to the top of their page reads: “Are you about to tell us ‘Socialism was tried in Russia’ or ‘Look at Venezuela’ etc? It has NEVER EXISTED! It comes AFTER global capitalism!”http://lat.ms/2BCKi6e

    in reply to: Save the Socialist Standard #126715

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    Young subscribers flock to old media:http://politi.co/2yI5qs5

    in reply to: Another anti-war member #129191

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    ERNIE McKONEDeath struck Haringey Branch for the third time in recent months with the passing of Comrade E.L. (Ernie) McKone. at the age of 79.   Ernie first came into contact with the Party in 1918 through its outdoor meetings. He had been in the army during the First World War but deserted in France after stopping by a pond to take a drink and seeing a human arm floating in the water.  At one point in the early forties there were four McKones in the Party – Ernie, his son and two brothers.   Like a number of members, he had to drop out of Party activities during the 1939-45 war but rejoined in 1956.Being self-employed he was able to speak his mind freely and would often button-hole passers-by outside his house and put the Socialist case to them.  Despite declining health in later years he was a regular attender at the Branch and was constantly urging it into activity.   Our sympathathies go to his wife and family.JULIAN VEIN(Socialist Standard, November 1978)

    in reply to: Speakers Corner: ban on platforms? #127942

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    Metro.co.uk has contacted the Met Police for a comment.   They previously told the Times in a statement: ‘Due to concerns for public safety, officers attended Speakers’ Corner and advised people to come down from ladders.   ‘Further discussions have taken place around the use of ladders this week and it has been agreed that two-step ladders can be used if it’s safe to do so.   ‘However, if officers believe it’s unsafe due to crowd numbers they can make an operational decision to ask speakers to come down. Police continue to support open-air ­public speaking, debate and discussion at Speakers’ Corner.’http://bit.ly/2rQffhW

    in reply to: General Election 2017 campaign #127063

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    But it gave me great pleasure earlier this morning to switch on the tv and see hin standing on the platform along with other candidates for Islington North as the election results were announced.


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    I mentioned Billany as he was a member for several years during the early 30's, not because of THe Trap…

    in reply to: Kautsky on dictatorship #124573

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    From the Dhaka Tribune:In a series of tweets that broadened his attack on the country’s judiciary Sunday, Trump said Americans should blame US District Judge James Robart and the court system if anything happened.   In reply to the Trump’s tweet, the Socialist Party of Great Britain tweeted: “@realDonaldTrump Be honest. You don’t want to be a President. You want to be a dictator where judges, the media, FBI etc must all obey you:http://bit.ly/2kH51js

    in reply to: Sri Lanka paper reprints socialist articles #124565

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    in reply to: Sri Lanka paper reprints socialist articles #124563

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    in reply to: Cooking the Books: Beyond Economics #122793

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    Given that this related essay is co-authored by an economics graduate with a PhD in marketing and a philosopher,'Star Trek': Space-Time Compression and the Eventual Death of Money is much better than expected.

    in reply to: Only Vegans can save the world #121201

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     I guess I'm an atypical Vegan: kill those headlice and eradicate the Guinea Worm!   I know of one Socialist Vegan who takes  the all life is sacred attitude.   I recently let him know that he can relax a little as the extermination of Guinea Worms has been delayed by them taking a fancy to dogs, and that as a result he is not going to feel obliged to act as a host in the near future!   I consider the honey debate  rather academic as I have not eaten any since 1989.  The same is true of animal protein.    I do however recall a man walking up and down Oxford Street with the placard Too Much Protein Causes Lust!    By the way, the Vegan I mentioned is not without his foibles: he keeps an obligate carnivore as a pet!

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