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Modern Slavery

The legacy of slavery resounds down the ages, and the world has yet to overcome racism. The consequences of slavery had not ended with emancipation, but continued to this day. While some forms of slavery may have been abolished, others have emerged to blight the world, including human trafficking and forced and bonded labour. For […]

The price of water

 In the US there are no federal regulations either guaranteeing a citizen’s right to water or water affordability. Water is already unaffordable for one of 10 U.S. households, a share that’s forecast to triple to more than 30 percent of within five years, according to recent research from Michigan State University. Meanwhile, water and sewer prices […]

Quote of the Day

“No one should arrive in the UK having fled conflict or persecution only to be left destitute and reliant on charity to survive.” – – Mike Adamson, chief executive of the British Red Cross Source: Quote of the Day

Another day is dawning

“Give us imagination enough to conceive; courage enough to will; power enough to compel; and then I say, the thing will be done.” – William Morris “We want no condescending saviours to rule us from their judgement hall. We workers ask not for their favours, let us consult for all.” These verses of the Internationale  echo […]

Martin McGuinness is playing his harp

“If you remove the English army to-morrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle, unless you set about the organisation of the Sociali… Source: Martin McGuinness is playing his harp

Scotland’s shame

On Thursday 16th March, the Scottish Government released two sets of poverty statistics, on how many people live in poverty and on how many people live in ‘persistent poverty’, in other words, have been in poverty for three of the last four years. The figures are stark. 17% of Scotland’s population live in poverty before housing costs, equivalent to […]

Selling mothers’ mik

Breast milk is in great demand by women who cannot feed their own babies in the US. The UN children’s fund has strongly criticised the sale by a commercial company of breast milk bought from Cambodian mothers to women in the US, warning it could lead to the babies of poor and vulnerable women becoming […]

Fact of the Day

Boss of British Gas owner gets 40% pay rise as millions live in fuel poverty Centrica chief Iain Conn’s package leaps to £4.15m – enough t… Source: Fact of the Day

Poverty Crime and Culpability

There is plenty of food in the world for everyone. 750 million fellow human beings suffering hunger throughout the year and watching millions of their children die of starvation. 854 million people worldwide do not have enough to eat, more than the combined populations of the United States, Canada, and the European Union. Hunger is […]

Fact of the Day

In the USA, 30,000 people already die a year, because they can’t get access to health care. We can expect that figure to rise Source: Fact of the Day

Quote of the Day

“… life expectancy in much of Appalachia is below life expectancy in Bangladesh…if you had to choose between living in a poor village… Source: Quote of the Day

Dream on, Modi

The Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly election is a precursor for the Indian general election in 2019. Wwith 403 legislators and 80 parliamentarians, Uttar Pradesh is a key battleground in Indian politics. Of the 535 candidates who are participating in the final phase of the election, 528 have been analysed and there are 132 who are considered to […]

Hanging on to life in Scotland

Life expectancy in Scotland has failed to rise for the first time since records were established in 1861, research has found. It is the first time in more than 150 years life expectancy has not increased. Statistics show that in three years from 2012-2015 the ages at which women and men could expect to live […]

Einstein and Socialism

2005 saw a double anniversary for Albert Einstein: fifty years in April 2005 since his death, and one hundred since the publication of his first seminal papers on quantum theory and relativity. No doubt there will be fulsome, and well-deserved, tributes to one of the great names of twentieth-century science. But it is likely that […]

Thicker than Water / Obituary of a capitalist ?

 In the late 1970s a shepherd in Perthshire, Scotland was made redundant. Around the same time the Conservative Party of Margaret Thatcher was starting its privatisation programme, including the deregulation of public transport, permitting anyone to provide bus services in competition to the council services. The shepherd gave his £25,000 redundancy pay to his two […]

The Possibility of Post-Capitalism

Capitalism must be removed and replaced with the post-capitalist majority revolutionary alternative. It can’t be reformed in any major way, Swedish and Labour Party models do not impinge in any way upon capitalism’ rapaciousness. Its is like trying to make a vegetarian out of a tiger. Lenin’s model was a Jacobin one to win power. Lenin wasn’t […]

Overpopulated world, or not?

Many people have come to see the tragic refugee situation as though it were more a problem for us than for the migrants. We have stopped caring about them. The reality of this on-going crisis is nothing short of a modern-day slave trade, with migrants treated as commodities. It’s as though nothing has changed in […]

The robots are coming

An interesting article from the Guardian which is worth quoting: ” Instead of merely transforming work, technology might begin to eliminate it. Instead of making it possible to create more wealth with less labor, automation might make it possible to create more wealth without labor. What’s so bad about wealth without labor? It depends on who owns […]

The Robots are coming (2)

Our earlier post on the impact of automation has resulted in a contribution by another member who links to this 2014 article which to is well worth quoting sections of. “ The future really doesn’t look so great for the average, human working stiff, since 47 percent of the world’s jobs are set to be automated in the next […]

Fact of the Day

More than 140,000 NHS and adult social care workers in England are EU migrants. London would be the worst hit, with 13 per cent of a… Source: Fact of the Day

What is money?

There is no truly independent country in the world, because international capitalism has made sure of this, and our own experience here in Britain, especially since 1964, should have brought it home to us. The past few years should have shown us just how independent Britain is, when foreign “bankers” tell the British government how […]

Front Page March

Remembering Dr. King Read > ========================  If money, according to Augier,  “comes into the world with a congenital blood-stain on one cheek,” capital comes dripping from head to foot, from every pore, with blood and dirt. Capital Vol 1 chapter 31 ====================== ======================= ” The emancipation of the working classes must be conquered by […]

Socialist Standard No. 1351 March 2017

Whole issue as print ready pdf: Socialist Standard March 2017.pdf Editorial: Capitalism Doesn’t Care Pathfinders: Coprophilia No Gods, No Masters? – Pagan Anarchism Russia 1917: As We Saw It Cooking the Books: Trumps – or Trumpery? Greasy Pole: Farewell To Tristram Material World: Migration – Internal and External Decision-making in Socialism: How to Meet Needs? […]

Quote of the Day

I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests […]