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  • in reply to: Socialist Standard No. 1386 February 2020 #193374

    Comment received at Head Office from Stephen Murphy to the editors’ reply to his letter:

    “My only comment, reading the Editors reply, is: Reading the paragraph (‘But you posit a special case…’) –  the editors really don’t like people like me, do they? Their thinly veiled anger and intolerance blazes through. God knows where s/he dug all that up from (“..religious people think..we possess a spirit that others don’t have; we see … atheism as a form of disability, we belittle others.. passive aggression etc, etc..”)  Quite frankly that paragraph says more about your editorial writers than it does about the Christians I know. Unresolved issues there. I think the gist of my original letter has been answered.”
    in reply to: Socialist Standard No. 1385 January 2020 #192836

    The editorial committee has received the following letter from Comrade Ray Carr about the editorial in the January issue:

    I have to say I was somewhat surprised with parts of the editorial in the January 2020 issue of the Socialist Standard – “Brexit done, back to capitalism as usual” Twice this seemed to refer to the Brexit referendum of 2016 as a democratic vote. First it suggests that as the Labour Party was seen as part of the reason why Brexit did not get implemented; “they were punished for, in effect, not respecting a democratically made decision”. It goes on to state; “– but a democratic vote having been satisfied “. Well in the opinion of this socialist, the democratic vote that satisfied Brexit, obviously the December 2019 General Election was about as democratic as the 2016 referendum, namely, not anything to do with meaningful democracy.

    A previous article in the Socialist Standard, November 2019 – “Thoughts on Democracy and Brexit” stated that a deeper analysis of the 2016 referendum shows that it was not even democratic in terms of so-called capitalist democracy, which is a very pale shadow indeed of what socialists would see as meaningful democracy. That article stated that 27 percent of the electorate did not vote in the 2016 referendum and this meant that over 60 percent did not vote leave, meaning that those who did vote leave were in fact a minority. We could probably complete a similar analysis of the recent General Election and it would turn out that a government with a large majority was elected by a minority of voters.

    If we consider how democracy might operate in a society of common ownership and democratic control which would have been brought about by a conscious majority organised in a democratic way both politically as well as in other ways, we would conceive of a situation where decisions would be made by people who would be well aware of the consequences of both sides of the discussion and this would be backed up by a free flow of information, therefore a democratic decision could be made. Both the 2016 referendum and the recent General Election had neither of these requirements of democracy and this would apply to any referendums or elections within capitalism. In fact in regard to the two votes being discussed the opposite was the case, both were decided on the basis of people being unaware of their true interests and being flooded with misinformation and mass media bias.

    Obviously it has to be accepted that not everything can be considered in a short editorial, but it is surely unwise, to say the least, to give the impression that we consider capitalism as democratic, it is based on the dictatorship of capital and therefore meaningful democracy within it is impossible. We of course recognise that the limited opportunity it gives us to stand candidates and put forward the socialist case in various elections and in other ways is an advantage when compared to totalitarian dictatorships, and we need to make use of these opportunities whilst we have them. However whilst recognising this we need to be as critical of the lack of genuine democracy available within capitalism as we arein all of its other outdated and unacceptable features.

     

    in reply to: Socialist Standard No. 1385 January 2020 #192750

    The member of the Socialist Labor Party of America who visited our Conference this year has emailed to say he is in full agreement with the article on fascism, attaching a pamphlet he wrote in 1994 that takes the same anti-nationalist position:

    http://www.slp.org/pdf/others/nationalism.pdf

    in reply to: Socialist Standard No. 1385 January 2020 #192649

    Email received at Head Office on the article “Nativism: Covert Racism”:

    Many people’s issue with immigration is not racism as the article (“Nativism: Covert Racism” Jan 2020 issue of the SS) asserts. It is to do with management. The national health system needs to know in advance how many people it may potentially have to treat and also have an idea of the breakdown in age, for example, so that they can train enough doctors and nurses in the right areas of care to adequately meet the potential numbers of patients. It’s the same issue with state education in terms of numbers of schools that need to be built, numbers of teachers that need to be trained, and the language proficiency necessary to cope with the different languages spoken by pupils. Housing is another issue. All this needs to be organised well in advance. However, open door immigration means that from year to year overall numbers of people in the UK (or any region in the UK) may rise or fall and age ratios may also drastically change – meaning changes in resource allocation must be swift which is not possible as it takes years to train teachers and years to build hospitals, etc.
    In a socialist society the migration of people would be managed in such a way that the places of destination would be resourced adequately and timely to meet the demographic changes.
    The idea of a points-based immigration system (proposed by the Conservatives) goes some way to solving the immigration issue in contemporary UK society, though I’m well aware that in a socialist society many of the concerns we are confronted with due to national borders and regional wealth disparities will have largely disappeared and people will be free to decide where they want to live. It will just be a matter of accommodating those needs with the time constraints that those needs bring with them – and the idea of a points-based immigration system will be seen as nothing more than an anachronism. (And I say that even though I have a fear of spiders!)
    Louis Shawcross, N. Ireland.
    in reply to: Socialist Standard No. 1385 January 2020 #192642

    Head Office has received the email below commenting on Rear View:

    Dear Friends

    As both a Christian and a subscriber, and avid reader, of the Socialist Standard, I am always interested when you include an article about religion. Alas, I am usually disappointed by the content – whereas the majority of your articles are well thought out and intellectually stimulating, religious reference is invariably cliched and simplistic. Your ‘Rear View’ column (January) was a prime example. I think one of the problems is that atheists in general tend to have a rather simplistic view of what scholars mean by the word ‘God’, and they assume that what they are rejecting is what theists are accepting. (The supernatural, heaven, hell, miracles, virgin births etc., etc.) If I may, briefly, put my own views, it may enlighten fellow readers.

    I attend church because throughout my life I have had a sense that there is more to the physical world than ‘meets the eye’. Theologians give this otherness expressions like ‘the beyond in our midst.’ Or, as Paul the apostle suggested, ‘..that in which we live, move, and have our being’. Some call this otherness God, or Spirit, The Tao, life force. No, not a big man in the sky. Simply something underlying.

    I personally have no great views about heaven or hell, what happens (if anything) when I die. In, fact, I am agnostic about many things theistic. I occasionally pray, but whether I am talking to myself or not, I have no idea. But yes, I am spiritual – I have a sense of wonder, awe, fascination with the world, beauty, love. I question meaning and purpose. I have a sense of connectedness with something deeper. Purely phycological? Meta-physical? Who knows. I like church because I have a sense of mystery about this whole, strange state, of being human, and I like being with like minded people. I know enough about quantum physics to know that the physical world is far weirder than normal ‘reality’ suggests. I know enough about the debate on consciousness to know that the majority of scientists would say that the relationship between thought and matter remains as much a mystery as ever. And I am aware of the fact that whether light is observed as wave or mass appears, oddly, to depend to some extent on the observer. Bizarre indeed! None of this, of course, proves there is an underlying non-material entity to creation any more than it disproves it. But the whole thing really is too odd to suggest, as Rear View does, that everything can be ‘adequately explained…!’ A bold and rather premature statement indeed!

    My other point in writing is that I am interested in how you see a truly socialist world treating ‘religious’ people. There is no point in saying that, because everything would be so wonderful, people would have no recourse to ‘pie in the sky’ and gods. That would simply be regurgitating the old cliches. There will, I suspect, always be people, like me, who are more ‘spiritual’ than others, as there will always be people who are artists, musicians or sportspeople. But, just as an artist is unlikely to stop painting because they are told that a photograph gives a much truer sense of reality than oil on canvas, so why bother, a spiritual person won’t necessarily stop being ‘spiritual’ because the state says, ‘but can’t you see what science can do..’

    My question is, would people who want to meet together to meditate, ponder, ‘pray’, be forbidden, even persecuted (as in many places already.)? Would socialism want to wipe ‘religion’ off the face of the earth just because their ideology does not agree with it? Would the majority dictate what one is allowed to think (as ‘political correctness’ already does)? Worrying.

    Should you print or reply to my letter in any form, I hope that you will refrain from the usual list of historic (and present day) religious horror stories to make your point. Yes, we all know about the crusades, the Reformation, modern day ISIS, child abuse etc etc. Yes, we all know that organised religion is part of the establishment and the Churches have vast wealth and why should bishops have a say in parliament. And yes, I know the God of the Old Testament is hardly a role model for love and forgiveness. Socialists get very annoyed (quite rightly) when the media rubbishes socialism largely because they don’t understand that there has never been a true socialist state. In the same way, Christians would say that the horrors perpetuated in the ‘Christian’ name have never been truly Christian, and that the Christian vision of ‘the Kingdom of God’ (love, peace, goodwill, equality, brotherhood etc.,) have likewise never been achieved. We have that in common; socialists and Christians are both mocked and ridiculed in today’s Britain. Let’s at least try to understand each other.

    I will just finish by saying that I have written this from a Christian perspective. I am sure disciples of other faiths could say similar things. Finally, I think your journal is an excellent read. Capitalism and its feed consumerism is no way to run the world. There must be a better way.

    Kind regards,

    Stephen Murphy

    in reply to: Election Activity #192415

    South West Regional branch report:

    We decided that we should carry out some work in the Salisbury area as that is where we meet, despite the fact that none of us live there. So five of us met up and delivered a few hundred leaflets around several roads not too far from where we meet. There were still quite a few leaflets left over and the rest were distributed in Poole, so we managed to use up all the leaflets.
     
    Our discussion in branch focused on how we might turn the votes we receive into something more concrete and we wondered if in the two areas where we had candidates whether we were able to do canvassing as opposed to just leafleting, as we thought this might give us more idea of some of those who may have voted for us. The point was also raised about doing follow up campaigns in the area where we had candidates as this might prove useful. Of course we do recognise that the main problem with these points is having the numbers to carry out these activities.
     
    On a final point and concerning the general leafleting around election time we were wondering about how we deal with any responses if, for example, people contact head office and apply for 3 free standards or whatever are those details sent on to the branches concerned so that there can also be a local follow up.
     
    Overall we felt that given the circumstances surrounding this election the votes we received in Cardiff and Folkestone was not too bad a result.
    in reply to: Election Activity #192204

    We have now received over 70 replies to the insert in the i paper, with more to come. From the replies it seems that “the South” also covers East Anglia and the Midlands.

    in reply to: Election Activity #192139

    SPGB Kent & Sussex Branch Election Campaign News

    Just to let you know that in the Parliamentary Constituency of Folkestone and Hythe yesterday, our candidate Andy Thomas received 69 votes.

    This was one more vote than received when we last contested the seat in 2015.

    2015 was of course in the pre-Corbyn Labour Party period, but then we also had TUSC (ex-Militant SPEW coalition) on the ballot paper.  Not an easy comparison, but if people were tempted by leftist reformism or Brexit issues, 2019 was probably their year to be so. Labour almost doubled their vote in this period.

    During this campaign we distributed 56,500 leaflets via Royal Mail, 5,000 copies of the first edition of the local ‘World News’ flyer to Folkestone Harbour and other selected parts of the constituency including Cheriton, Sandgate and Hythe, and inserts in last weekend’s i-newspaper (among 160,000 in the southern region).

    Of course it’s not really the votes that are so important at this stage, but the fact that for an outlay of under £1,500 we got our leaflet delivered through 56,500 letter boxes, plus our propaganda free several times in local newspaper columns and candidate interviews on BBC TV and the Academy FM Community Radio Station.

    Rob Cox, Branch Treasurer.

    in reply to: Election Activity #192027

    We know the insert did appear in this weekend’s i paper as we have received an email reply at Head Office (from Torquay). It won’t be in all copies distributed in “the South” because we only paid to have it inserted in 160,000 of the 190,000 that are.

    in reply to: Election Activity #191806

    The Folkestone Herald  (21 November) asked all the candidates the same (not entirely relevant) questions. Here are the answers of our candidate, Andy Thomas.

    in reply to: More on Brexit #191146

    Email from a comrade:

    I keep reading all the stuff about Brexit, hoping that one newspaper will have a rush of honesty to the head, and tell its readers – “Oh, by the way, we should remind you that whether the important people decide to Brexit or to non-Brexit, all you gullible commoners who spend your lives working and not owning – you’ll go on working and not owning, and the rich will go on owning and not working – sorry about that!”   The debate which fills the press, the radio, and the television, is really among the upper class who are trying to decide whether they’ll be better off if British capitalism continues to be allied to the rest of Europe’s capitalists, or whether they could hope to prosper still more if they could make their own trade treaties and so on.   However, if it makes the proles happier turning out and waving banners, the important people don’t mind if they keep doing it – but it won’t make a blind bit of difference.

    in reply to: Climate Crisis: Our Last Chance #190749

    Extract from the Report of the Proceedings of the Autumn School & Membership meeting of the World Socialist Party (India) held on September 28-29:

    “Proposed that Comrade Partha Pratik Mukherjee should read out the chapter he has written on impending climate breakdown for our upcoming new book FUTURE OF MARXISM. Comrade Partha went on reading from his written paper for the School.

    Climate crisis and Capitalism Summary
    Climate crisis/ breakdown is particularly a much debated issue for last couple of years. Specially following the Climate summit in Poland 2018 when a teen girl Greta Thunberg attracted headlines of newspapers and rapidly became a social media attention following her brave articulate speech accusing world leaders of not doing enough despite alarming inputs from climate scientists from all over the world. Since then, many thousands articles, news feeds have been written or published on the climate issue.
    The response of global people is mixed. Few are simple deniers of any sort of climate changes, most are alarmed but do not know exactly how dangerous it is and some are active participant of climate movements, especially young generations and school children irrespective of countries, color, race religions and ethnicities.
    The political response to this crisis is mostly frustrating. These climate changes leading to a catastrophic point where the whole humanity and the planet is under threat of extinction has been on the agenda of scientists for the last 50 years but nothing effective has been done by the ruling class and our representatives in the parliaments, moreover despite the alarms global carbon emission has grown beyond the danger levels in last two decades. The much hyped Kyoto protocol practically achieved nothing!
    This is expected, considering the present profit oriented economic system we at least, did not expect anything positive for obvious reasons. I will come to this point later. Most important issue is the people who are half deniers and half indifferent to this crisis. The cause of this indifference is that, the main stream Medias owned by the ruling class don’t want us to know the exact dimension for their obvious class interest. The objective of this writing is to present the exact dimension of the crisis in short and why the ruling class is reluctant to take any meaningful action, in fact why it’s not possible to take any meaningful action in the prevalent mode of production.

    There was a tiffin and tea break from 4: 30 PM to 6:00 PM.”

    in reply to: 20th September #190447

    Three comrades, two from London and one from Bristol, leafletted the demonstration in London. They report that it wasn’t all that different from other “demos” with speakers from the Labour and the Green parties and stalls from the SWP, Militant etc

    in reply to: 20th September #189511

    Here is the text of the leaflet the  Indian comrades have prepared for distribution in Calcutta at the event there:

    Save the planet, share the Earth

    * Climate change is real and is a serious problem for all of us.

    * Climate change has resulted from human activities, more exactly the activities of a minority privileged class of capitalists. .

    * Capitalism by focussing on the short-term is unlikely to take the longer term, and hence the environment, into account.

    * Capitalists and corporations will seek to distort the facts of the matter so they can carry on as usual.

    * Capitalists are ideologically blinkered against climate change since it exposes the dangers of capitalism as a threat to the environment.

    Therefore, we cannot expect the problem to be solved within capitalism. All the signs point the opposite way. Consider the fact that this has been on the international agenda since the 1970s when scientists first expressed concerns and nothing much has been achieved; emissions have even increased over previous decades. The agenda of all environmental activity groups, who seek to change things without completely scrapping this system, will prove to be futile.

    Ultimately the issue of the environment is an issue of power, of who has the power to determine what happens to this planet. Only in a society where we have the power to determine what can and cannot be done will we be able to stop this headlong rush to environmental devastation. That means a world of common ownership and democratic control. Anything else which anyone offers is merely using band aids to seal a volcano.

    Radical change is necessary, a change in our thinking leading to a radical change in our socio-economic system. To save the Earth, life and human civilization, we have to replace existing, profit-based, exploitative, oppressive, manipulative, disruptive and dehumanizing capitalist society with long-overdue socialist society. A worldwide association of humans irrespective of nationalities, race, ethnicity, and sex has to be organized, which will function on the basis of participatory democratic principles.

    This socialist, resource-based sustainable economy, with democratic control over the means of production and distribution, will produce things as per social needs. Preserving ecological balance is only possible in a world, socialist society. The most serious barrier to doing this is the prevailing capitalist mode of production. It’s the responsibility of the working class, who create and sustain human civilization, to protect it by establishing world socialism democratically with the force of our immense majority.

    The exact class which is actively cranking up the global thermostat that threatens to inundate 20 percent of the world’s population currently controls the United Nations and the parliaments of the different nations. So, we, the working class, should expect nothing from the ruling minority capitalist class but should rapidly organize ourselves into a political party of our own on a global basis, with the aim of establishing socialism worldwide, democratically. This is the only way out for humanity.

     

    in reply to: SPC Reports May-July 2019 #188649

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    – Dear Comrades,
    As per resolution 2(b)i of the June EC meeting, it has been put to the Internet Committee and our Companion Parties to discuss what content we wish to be present on the new WSM website once we have begun work on it. I shall be forwarding your contact details to the Internet Committee once all parties have responded so that we may work together on this issue.
    On a separate issue, in regards to the funding request that was made previously, the EC shall be making a decision this coming Saturday, and in advance of this, I would ask what legal boundaries there are surrounding receiving money from a political party oversees into Canada.
    Yours for Socialism, Shannon Kennedy, General Secretary
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    ● The Hamilton Spectator newspaper will close its printing and mailroom operations on August 24. Printing work will be transferred to TC Transcontinental Printing and other external printers owned by, that champion of the underdog, the Toronto Star. The move is expected to save the Spectator between 4 and 6 million dollars annually. This means that 73 full time and 105 part-time workers will be laid off. To quote, Torstar executive, John Boynton, “The Spectator is a strong news brand with a great history and a great future” – try telling that to the folks who will get laid off.

    ● The City of Calgary is studying the effects of widespread wildfires on drinking water, which some researchers
    say has been overlooked and misunderstood until recently. Water treatment engineers and hydrologists employed by the City said that as climate change has increased the number of wildfires in Canada and that scientists are starting to realize that fires can have a significant effect on drinking water years after the fact. After a fire, rain and melting snow wash ash and other debris into the water, often leading to more sediment, changes in the concentration and type of dissolved organic carbon, and phosphorous. This may lead to different methods of treatment, though at present they are not sure which methods, but are sure that failure to solve the problem would be injurious to people’s health. Harpreet Sandhu, Calgary’s
    leading watershed planner, said that: “Though Calgary has multiple sources of drinking water, they are increasingly
    at risk due to the changing climate.” The answer should be obvious, stop climate change – and there’s only one sure
    way to do that.

    ● Two million people thronged the streets of Toronto on June 18 to welcome home the victorious Toronto Raptors who had defeated Golden State 114-110 to win the NBA Championship. This was the greatest outpouring of joy Toronto has ever seen, far eclipsing VE Day and the Blue Jays win in the world series. It will seem petty and pretty – bad that is, if anyone should carp or criticize such happiness, but the point is to understand it. Such fantastic joy could not merely because The Raptors had won or because it was the first time a Canadian team
    had won the NBA, or even that it was a victory over Canada’s
    neighbours to the south, who not everyone likes. No Siree, there’s more to it than that. We live in very uncertain times; just about every one of those Two million has his or her worries, whether it be the fear of a layoff, a rent or mortgage default, the car being repo’d, getting accepted into college, paying the tuition fees if you are, health problems etc. etc. So let them forget it all however briefly in one wild delirious day and look forward to the day when we can see it all again, when Socialism is established.

    ● The capitalist class in Canada has made it’s bid to be, ”top of the world.” On May 23 Canada submitted 1,200 pages of scientific evidence to the U.N. in its attempt to prove the continental shelf from the high Arctic Islands extends more than 200 nautical miles from its shore. It includes a contested section of sea floor that stretches from the top of Ellesmere Island along the undersea ridge to the pole and more than 200 kilometers past it. The trouble is that Russia says the same undersea ridge originates from its continental shelf. Therefore it argues all of the sea floor alongside the ridge from the Russian coast to just past the pole belongs to it. The Danes say the ridge is part of Greenland so they have a P.O.V.” All the countries involved recognize that there will have to be boundary negotiations at some future point,” said, Michael Byers, professor of international law at the University of British Columbia. This doesn’t mean it will be settled amicably. The melting of ice in the Arctic means it will be easier to drill down and get the mineral wealth there, which inevitably means the capitalist class of different countries will want as much as they can get. So it’s a conflict just waiting to
    happen.

    ● On May 29th an all-party committee in Ottawa issued a report on the metal health issues facing Canada’s farmers, many of whom are regular working joes. The report, based on testimony from producers, mental health experts, and government officials, said farmers struggle with many problems, such as market volatility, debt, long work days, the effects of climate change, loneliness, intimidation, cyber-bullying and threats from people who take issue with their occupations and practices. The committee made ten recommendations, including, ”Ensuring the government considers and mitigates any potential impacts from new policies on the well being of agricultural producers.”
    That’s what I like about capitalism – it’s so conducive to good mental health.

    ● Nearly a trillion dollars were moved by Canadian corporations to offshore places, including tax havens,
    through legal tax avoidance schemes in 2016. They moved as much as $25 billion from domestic tax coffers, according to a new study by the Parliamentary Budget Office. These findings which were released on June 19, by the Canada Revenue Agency that said uncollected taxes are about $26 billion
    each year. The PBO analysis focuses on legal tax avoidance, while the CRA focuses on illegal tax evasion. Together, the two studies suggest Canada is missing out as much as $51 billion in uncollected taxes annually. To quote, Toby Sanger, of Canadian’s for Tax Fairness,” Canadians are being robbed of investments to health care, child care, education and green infrastructure, all of which the government could afford if it were to get serious about cracking down on tax avoidance.” The SPC have always said the capitalist class pays the brunt of
    taxes to administrate capitalism, but that doesn’t mean they won’t try to get out of it.

    ● For some time Vancouver and Toronto have had a lack of affordable housing, now politicians in Montreal are facing the same situation. The growing demand for homes in cities has pushed the cost of housing to amazing heights. But Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante has a plan to deal with it. She calla it the 20-20-20 plan which will commence in 2020 – no kidding! It will require 20 per cent of units in new housing projects to be
    social housing, 20 per cent to be affordable housing, and 20 per cent set aside for family housing. Already there is opposition; Andre Boisclair, CEO of the Urban Development Institute of Quebec, warned, ”The plan would increase housing costs that, according to one study, could be as high as 16 per cent.” Once again the upholders of capitalism try to solve one of its many problems. It will be a good laugh watching them fail.

    ● Almost one-third of all Toronto Transit bus and streetcar routes exceed the agency’s crowding standards at some point during a typical week, according to the latest statistics provided by the Transit Commission. The figures show that in the first three months of this year 41 bus and eight streetcar routes were overcrowded at some point, some as much as 22 per cent. Lawrence Lui, a senior service planner at the TTC, said,” The goal is to provide safe, comfortable and reliable
    travel for our customers, but for the moment the TTC lacks the resources to eliminate crowding”. Of course it does, buddy, because we live under capitalism where resources are limited for all but the super-rich. Speaking from experience I can say that standing on a crowded Toronto streetcar ain’t a lot of fun. Mostly the crowding would be in the rush hour, which with the tremendous and positive changes a Socialist Society will engender will be eliminated and all travelling will be purposeful and fun – not a waste of material and social resources maintaining the wages system.

    ● On June 20, Ontario Premier Doug Ford demoted Finance Minister, Vic Fedeli to the Ministry of Economic Development, and Lisa MacLeod from Social Services to Tourism and Sports. Their places will be taken, not that it means much, by Rod Phillips and Todd Smith. No ministers were dumped, but 12 were moved, Fedeli and MacLeod, being the biggest surprises, and six new portfolios were added. Fedeli’s demotion was probably the result of an extremely unpopular budget which Ford had approved and Macleod’s because she defended cutbacks to autism services. In other words they were
    doing the job that Ford had told them to do, but if course it couldn’t be his fault. Ford’s comment was, ”Our message wasn’t getting out”,which is pure genius. To attempt to run the affairs of capitalism successfully is like trying to navigate a sailboat through a hurricane.

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    Kenworthy, John Coleman (1900). The Anatomy of Misery: Plain Lectures on Economics.
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    – Rosa Luxemburg on Socialism (2019). The Socialist Party of Great Britain. £4.00 https://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/product/rosa-luxemburg-onsocialism/
    Yours for Socialism, SPC contributing members . . .

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