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Showing the voters how valuable you are.

One thing workers don’t have to do is show the voters how valuable they are.
The world would be in chaos if workers stopped work. Shops would soon be depleted; patients in hospitals would soon be in greater distress, as would be the workers themselves.

Workers, who strike, generally do so to maintain or improve their standard of living or conditions in the workplace. Striking worsens the conditions for their families but they have on other alternative (outside of replacing Capitalism with Socialism), therefore, lots of deliberation usually takes place before any strike.

Not so the MPs, they don’t have to strike, have you ever heard of the MPS going on strike?

They don’t have to, they just hold reviews and then vote themselves an increase, saves them striking and allows them to get on with running the country.

This could be why we maybe don’t realise they are there, so, in order to make sure they are noticed, they are set to award themselves £10,000-a-year “communications budget” just days …

A lack of awareness! The Blight has been visited on thousands more

A lack of awareness that the Iraq war is about oil has blighted thousands more.

‘Praise Bush and the Iraq war’
The war in Iraq is not a disaster?
Scotland on Sunday: October 29th 06
In an article from Chris Stephen in Antonio, he reports,
Fully one quarter of Americans describe themselves as Evangelical Christians, and their support for president Bush remains rock solid.

The war is about getting rid of a dictator? No!. Well how about, defence of the homeland? No! What must I do to get you to support the war? Let’s try this, religion.

Well according to Pastor John Hagee, a rising star of America’s TV evangelists, the Iraq war is the beginning of biblical prophecies that culminate, possibly very soon, in a mighty struggle between good and evil at Armageddon.

"Listen up, president of Iran," booms the pastor. "We are going to be your worst nightmare, Mr Ahmadinejad. The pharaoh threatened Israel, he ended up fish-food in the sea. When you say Israel is going to disappear in a sudde…

Dawkins gets some backing

I noticed Richard Montague giving Richard Dawkins some critical support on SOYMB over an attack by Terry Eagleton which was long on hyperbole but light in substance .A good read Richards posting was too,entitled So called Marxist defends religion
Dawkins I am still a bit ambivelent about, not so much with his latest book The God Delusion ,but more the pseudo science,almost ,in my view psychobabble, of his Memes and Selfish Genes subject .
I happened to be malingering off my work enough to pop into the London Review of Books, and was pleasantly surprised in the letters page to find normally laid back and relaxed, A.C .Grayling the philosopher gave Eagleton a good thrashing also .
Made my day so it did.Such simple pleasures I have.Enjoy both of those.

The Iraq war is about oil, or has it become a war for something else?

Socialists among hundreds of thousands of others were opposing the war that eventually and inevitably took place in Iraq.

Socialists say“No war but the class war”.

However, most people were against this war.
Leafleting the demonstrators I was reminded that everybody knew the war was about oil, so why bother to hand out leaflets reading what everyone was aware of?

Well is everybody aware?

Not, The MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow.

He was branded a “disgrace” after he pointed out how some people might regard the anti-war movement as pro-Saddam Hussein.Adam Ingram, Armed Forces Minister cited the example of an old Jew, who had lived under three dictators, including Saddam.
“He tried to explain why dictatorships had to be removed and he was howled down by those who would call themselves the anti-war coalition, who some would say were pro-dictator.”Rose Gentle a mother whose soldier son was killed in Iraq, to her this is an illegal war, and she campaigned against Adam Ingram duri…

Who is helping who?

Edinburgh July 2005 socialists were circulating among the thousands of Make poverty history demonstrators pointing out the fact that you can’t legislate problems of poverty, homelessness and other similar facts out of existence.

Global aid was called for as a solution, however, the effectiveness of global aid is in question, Malcolm Bruce chairman of the
Conflict and Development: Peace building and Post-Conflict Reconstruction committee said “some conflict-prone states are rich in resources which can sustain warlords, encourage foreign adventurism and lead to the failure of the state and increased poverty for the many as the few get rich.”

I listened to an interviewer ask her interlocutor, “if all the money is going to aid warlords why should people contribute”, reply.
“It still leaves a lot of people who need help”
Is there not enough warlords getting help?

Marx 'n animals

I was sent this by a friend and thought I too must share.
‘The creatures, too, must become free’: Marx and the Animal/Human DistinctionIt has been claimed that Marx completely lacked respect for animals, thinking of them as inferior beings. Lawrence Wilde argues that, on the contrary, Marx had a respectful attitude towards animals and non-human nature in general. Marx’s attitude to the non-human is intrinsic to his humanistic outlook, grounded in an understanding of the human essence, for which maltreatment of animals is contrary to a communistic vision. Wilde approaches the question of Marx’s attitude to animals and nature within the wider context of Marx’s ethics.
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This little "Feller"

My Amigo at the side here is a celebration of finally getting my broadband modem to load up in OpenSuse mode.This is the code which cracked it for me.Inspired by Piers and his persistence with Ubuntu, as recounted in Border Fever, it was just a matter of time before simple Patience and Perseverence cracked it.

Ever so Bonnie land

Poverty is spreading
across Scotland despite investment by the ExecutivePOVERTY is spreading across Scotland, with new pockets of deprivation springing up outside the big cities, according to new figures.


Stop the War supporters around the country are planning to join theblockade of the Faslane nuclear base on 6-7 November.
The mobilisation ispart of the Faslane 365 campaign, which aims to blockade the base for awhole year.
Keep your eyes peeled for the members of the Socialist Party,genuine socialists,not nationalists,who support One Commonly Owned, Free Access,Class-less world, without a means of exchange,who are opposed to all war, including the so called, "wars of national liberation",favoured by Left political opportunists.
We hope to be leafletting this activity.

Deprivation andinequality 'divide nation'ONE OF Scotland's leading historians has described the country as a deeply divided nation where... Poverty link to death statisticsCHILDREN f…

What is ??

What is SocialismWhat is Capitalism?
What is Socialism?

Central to the meaning of socialism is common ownership. This means the resources of the world being owned in common by the entire global population.

But does it really make sense for everybody to own everything in common? Of course, some goods tend to be for personal consumption, rather than to share—clothes, for example. People 'owning' certain personal possessions does not contradict the principle of a society based upon common ownership.

In practice, common ownership will mean everybody having the right to participate in decisions on how global resources will be used. It means nobody being able to take personal control of resources, beyond their own personal possessions.

Democratic control is therefore also essential to the meaning of socialism. Socialism will be a society in which everybody will have the right to participate in the social decisions that affect them. The…

More are hungry despite world leaders' pledge

This report produced by Philip Thornton, Economics Correspondent published: 16 October 2006 in the Independent makes chilling reading for most people.

For socialists of course there is no surprise about the figures,and the damning indictment of the social and economic system of capitalism which their conclusion should represent.

Thornton indicates that,

Today should have been a day for a celebratory feast. Exactly 10 years ago 176 world leaders at the World Food Summit pledged to halve the number of undernourished people by 2015.

Instead it is a day for commiseration and recrimination. More than 850 million are still hungry - some 18 million more than in 1996. And while issues such as debt forgiveness, a better trade deal for Africa and climate change have grabbed the headlines, food has been left off the menu.

The head of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the body charged with leading internatio…

Socialist Standard October 2006