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The twilight of global capitalism

It is absurd to pretend that governments can manage the economy. In fact their job is to manage 'us' in the interests of the parasite economic class of exploiters, who pay big bucks to support their elections to this end regardless of which party label they are flying under, hence their insistence upon reassuring the electorate of their 'business friendly ' nature. This ensures that whatever political hue the elected reps are, the electorate, like turkeys voting for Xmas, remain in conditions of waged slavery, subject to the dictates of the capitalist market. If their first duty is to get elected to 'government' then they are not operating in the interests of the workers. They are just another capitalist party, which they are anyway but various supporters and enemies, see them as some kind of 'socialism' light. The Labour Party are not socialists and never were so. Real socialists do not have nor do they need, leaders. It is time for workers to stop su…

Capitalism Charged and Found Guilty

All wealth comes from labour. Labour receives a ration back for subsistence and the rest goes to the parasite capitalist class, who only bring capital (stolen wealth, dead labour) to the table, when it is deemed profitable to exploit the worker again and so the cycle continues. Capitalism can't be reformed to work in any other way and must be replaced by the post- capitalist society.  Socialists don't expect any political party to do it for them, but rather the task of bringing in socialism, i.e. a free access society without buying and selling, wage slavery and with production for use, is the mission of the workers themselves.
It will be for us to take ownership and control of the wealth of the world into our own hands. We could, together, use the wealth of the world to meet our mutual needs and grant the true independence of being able to control our work and our lives in free and voluntary association of equals. As this is the emancipation of labour from the fetters of wag…

The mis-sold versions of socialism

The Socialist Party of Great Britain stands dedicated to achieving the following objective: "The establishment of a system of society based upon the common ownership and democratic control of the means and instruments for producing and distributing wealth by and in the interest of the whole community." This post-capitalist society of social equals, will not require rationing of access to social wealth, via waged slavery, based upon ability to pay for them, but will proceed from a production for use, free access principle of: "From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs."

The World’s marvelous machinery, its complex technology are not for the welfare of the many nor the social good of the masses. It exists for the exploitation of the worker and the enrichment of the capitalist class. It is an organised system where the machine is merely the means through which the social relation of owner and wage-slave is maintained. All innovation, inve…

Scots?

People from ethnic minority backgrounds in Scotland are still being held back by workplace discrimination, according to a report by a committee of MSPs, the Equal Opportunities Committee following a six-month investigation. The report said ethnic minorities largely performed better academically than white Scots. But they were more likely to be unemployed or in low-paid work, and were under-represented in senior management roles. It found that there were "significant barriers facing people from ethnic minorities in gaining employment and developing a career". This was despite 40 years of legislation and equality policies.

War may be hell for some but it is heaven for others.

Military marching, patriotic parades, martial music - they are mostly intended to give the impression that it’s ‘your’ country, that you should be proud of it, that your leaders are there to protect you, that the division into rich and poor is pre-ordained (perhaps by some god or other) and there’s nothing you can do about it.
You may well, indeed, take pride in the place you live – its landscape, architecture, people, etc, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But in terms of possession, ownership and control, it’s the rich elite, the few percent in any country, who collectively own the world’s land and resources (including what you think of as your country), and they would naturally prefer people to hold the view that this is an immutable state of affairs, all the more to hold on to their power, backed up by governments and armies. It’s utter tosh. They only keep their power (and send millions of us to die in wars to help them do so) because the majority allow them to, and continue …

It is not our land but their land

Half of Scotland’s privately-owned land is held by 432 owners, with 16 of that number owning 10 per cent of the country, according to research by Andy Wightman.
Today, more than 500,000 acres of land is classed as being community-owned - but this amounts to just 2.5 per cent of the country. The half-million mark was crossed in 2015 when crofters in Lewis secured a 28,000 acre estate covering 11 townships after 13 years of campaigning.

The Forestry Commission Scotland own nearly 1.6 million acres which is 9% of the land area.

The charade of capitalism

Workers don't have a country. The nation is run in the collective interests of the ruling class. Most of us don’t own a single square inch of Scotland. It doesn’t belong to us: we just live here and work for the people who do own it. In or out of the United Kingdom, in and out of the EU, that won’t change. In Scotland, society is run in the interests of those who own the wealth. They argue among each other over billions of barrels of oil, GDP rates, profits and exports, because where the borders lie matters to them. Every border is an opportunity to wring cash out of other property owners. Scotland will remain dependent upon their whims and interests whatever the state of sovereignty. They’ll try to sway us one way or another with crumbs (or the promises of crumbs) but we’ll only get what they feel they can spare to protect their privilege and wealth.

We will remain dependent upon their investments making a profit for them before we can get our needs and interests seen to. The on…

Lording it over us

89-year-old hereditary peer and Kent landowner, the fifth Baron of Northbourne whose son, Sebastian James, featured in the Bullingdon Club society’s 1987 photo, alongside David Cameron and Boris Johnson contributed to the House of Lords debate where he voted in favour of the Government's attempts to redefine the way child poverty is measured said some families "ought" to try harder to earn money and added some families preferred a lifestyle dependent on state support.

Two-thirds of children in poverty have at least one parent in work.

Abolishing Wage Slavery

The Slavery Abolition Act 1833  was when Parliament abolished slavery throughout the British Empire (with the exceptions "of the Territories in the Possession of the East India Company," the "Island of Ceylon," and "the Island of Saint Helena"; which were eliminated in 1843). The Act was repealed in 1998 as part of a wider rationalisation of English statute law, but later anti-slavery legislation remains in force. Contrast with the future ‘Abolishing the Wages Slavery System, An Act of Revolution’ the task of workers worldwide and will require no government, crowned or elected state heads approval. Contrast the "parliamentarianism" of the reformists, which involves sending representatives to Parliament to run capitalism, with the socialist policy in which a socialist majority mandates recallable delegates in order to dismantle the state machine, from a position of control.  Contrast the circus of capitalism society with a post-capitalist, socia…

For a new society

An Oxfam survey found that 79% of respondents favour wealth being distributed more equally than it currently is in Scotland. They want better equality in income and assets and believe politicians should be doing more to address inequality, the charity said. 63% said politicians should do more to address economic inequality, with only 22% saying they are already doing all they reasonably can.
Jamie Livingstone, head of Oxfam Scotland, said: "At a time when nearly one in five people in Scotland live in poverty, it is encouraging to see such support for more action to reduce economic inequality in Scotland. We agree, because we are increasingly aware of the barrier extreme inequality creates to tackling poverty.”
The aspiration to have a nation which many earnestly believe in, is in reality a desire to have a society which is yours — which you can feel a part of because it belongs to you. Workers are right to want a society which we can call our own: a planet which belongs to humani…

Jettison your 'upperosity'

In 2011, nearly 7 million children died before age five, as compared to 1990 when nearly 12 million did. While that translates into 14,000 fewer children dying every day in 2011 than in 1990, it still translates into the deaths of 19,000 children under age five every day in 2011. How long? How long? The horror that is capitalism is here and now and cannot be civilised or tamed in any meaningful way to eliminate the above tragedy. The ‘Gaurdianistas’ need to raise their sights above their relatively cocooned existence which they personally experience, tinkering about on the margins for some modicum of personal improvement for themselves or others in order to assess, if they are a part of the problem. There is nothing new in any of this. History is forever repeating itself without us learning much from it. The halo of capitalism has been smashed by the recession. The halo of our industrial system is gone. It is no longer a sacred thing, which must not be meddled with because of fear of…

Burns Night

Robert Burns was born Jan. 25, 1759 and despite what many claim he was not a socialist and officially Burns was a Whig. He joined “honest man” Patrick Heron’s by-election campaign in 1795 in the seat of Kirkcudbright, writing three popular election ballads against the local Tory lairds. But being a Whig was not quite the same thing as being a Liberal or a Liberal Democrat. The Whigs (originally a name for Scottish cattle drovers or cowboys) came in a broad spectrum of colours. Some were followers of Tom Paine and his Rights of Man, while others were happy to go into coalition with the Tories under William Pitt. Burns probably regarded the Whigs, whoever they were, as the lesser of two evils. His political philosophy was egalitarian and against hypocrisy of any kind. He cast a critical over every party, and over politics in general. The trouble with Burns is that he isn’t easy to pigeon-hole.
But he was a radical democrat. Throughout his poetry and songs, Burns champions the working m…

For a world freed from profit

Socialism can only be established peacefully and democratically by the workers themselves. It cannot be brought about "like a thief in the night" (Keir Hardie) by reforming or nationalising nasty bits of capitalism away. What the Socialist Party advocate entails doing away with capitalism, its politicians and leaders altogether. Socialism stands for the sole aim of establishing a global system of society in which there will be common ownership and democratic control of the world’s natural and industrial resources. We advocate a world social system in which each person has free access to the benefits of civilisation and an equal say in how their society is run; a world in which production is freed from the artificial constraints of profit and used for the benefit of all.
As long as capitalism exists, profits will always take priority over our real needs. Some workers welcome reforms; some reforms have improved working class conditions, but no reform can abolish that basic co…

Bread and Circuses

Abolish the wages and prices system. There is no such thing as a fair day’s pay. Wages are only ever a rationing of access to the massive wealth collectively produced. Wage workers are exploited at the point of production for the surplus value which they produce in order for the parasite capitalist class to amass huge profits. Businesses such as Celtic football club are no different in this respect regardless of the founding ethos. Sectarian divisions in Scotland and elsewhere have workers at each other’s throats rather than pursuing their common interest, which is getting rid of the parasitic capitalist system and establishing a free access, moneyless, government less, social system. Such are the modern versions of bread and circuses. Establish common ownership of all wealth production and distribution rendering boardrooms obsolete.
"When sport is considered only in economic terms and consequently for victory at every cost, it risks reducing athletes to mere trading material from…