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Socialist Standard April 2009

Socialist Standard April 2009

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Socialist Standard magazine April 2009 -

Editorial – ‘What is Socialism?’
Articles –
‘Banks, who needs them?’
If there was production directly for use we wouldn’t need banks

‘What is to be done?’
As capitalism loses some of its legitimacy, what should those who want to get rid of capitalism be doing?

‘Northern Ireland: a return to violence?’
Violence will not make people into socialists.

‘Capitalism’s reserve army of labour’
Full employment is not the normal state of capitalism.

‘Food: commodity or need?’
Enough calories are already produced in the world today to avoid anyone having to starve. It’s just that millions can’t afford to buy the food containing them.

‘Socialism: an open source society’
A socialist describes his personal experience of open source software - and its socialist implications.


Regular features -
Pathfinders (pop science / technology) – ‘How Scientific are Scientists?’
Material World – ‘Antics in the South China Sea’
Pieces Together – news cuttings from mainstream media
Cooking the Books 1 (economics) – ‘Saved by the Slump?’ (implications for tackling climate change)
Cooking the Books 2 – ‘Capitalism is Working’
50 Years Ago – ‘More Trouble in Africa’ (Rhodesia)
Greasy Pole – UK politics: re Harriet Harman
Voice From the Back - selected news items
Free Lunch – cartoon
Plus letters, reviews, contacts, etc.

Also see www.worldsocialism.org and http://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/
Socialist Standard magazine April 2009 -

Editorial – ‘What is Socialism?’
Articles –
‘Banks, who needs them?’
If there was production directly for use we wouldn’t need banks

‘What is to be done?’
As capitalism loses some of its legitimacy, what should those who want to get rid of capitalism be doing?

‘Northern Ireland: a return to violence?’
Violence will not make people into socialists.

‘Capitalism’s reserve army of labour’
Full employment is not the normal state of capitalism.

‘Food: commodity or need?’
Enough calories are already produced in the world today to avoid anyone having to starve. It’s just that millions can’t afford to buy the food containing them.

‘Socialism: an open source society’
A socialist describes his personal experience of open source software - and its socialist implications.


Regular features -
Pathfinders (pop science / technology) – ‘How Scientific are Scientists?’
Material World – ‘Antics in the South China Sea’
Pieces Together – news cuttings from mainstream media
Cooking the Books 1 (economics) – ‘Saved by the Slump?’ (implications for tackling climate change)
Cooking the Books 2 – ‘Capitalism is Working’
50 Years Ago – ‘More Trouble in Africa’ (Rhodesia)
Greasy Pole – UK politics: re Harriet Harman
Voice From the Back - selected news items
Free Lunch – cartoon
Plus letters, reviews, contacts, etc.

Also see www.worldsocialism.org and http://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/

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 Socialist 
Standard
 
April 2009
 
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April 2009
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If there was production directly for use we wouldn’t need banks.
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As capitalism loses some of its legitimacy, what should those who wantto get rid of capitalism be doing?
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Full employment is not the normal state of capitalism.
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A socialist describes his personal experience of open source software -and its socialist implications.
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 Socialist 
Standard
 
April 2009
The Socialist Party is like no other political party in Britain. It is made upof people who have joined together 
because we want to get rid of the prot
system and establish real socialism. Our aim is to persuade others to becomesocialist and act for themselves,organising democratically and withoutleaders, to bring about the kind of society that we are advocating in this journal. We are solely concerned withbuilding a movement of socialists for socialism. We are not a reformist partywith a programme of policies to patchup capitalism.We use every possible opportunityto make new socialists. We publishpamphlets and books, as well as CDs,DVDs and various other informativematerial. We also give talks and take partin debates; attend rallies, meetings anddemos; run educational conferences;host internet discussion forums, make
lms presenting our ideas, and contest
elections when practical. Socialistliterature is available in Arabic, Bengali,Dutch, Esperanto, French, German,Italian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish andTurkish as well as English.The more of you who join the SocialistParty the more we will be able to getour ideas across, the more experienceswe will be able to draw on and greater will be the new ideas for building themovement which you will be able tobring us.The Socialist Party is an organisationof equals. There is no leader and thereare no followers. So, if you are goingto join we want you to be sure that youagree fully with what we stand for and
that we are satised that you understand
the case for socialism.
Introducing
The Socialist Party
Editorial
W s ssm?
 This may come as a surprise to regularreaders of the
Socialist Standard 
, butapparently “we are all socialists now”.A claim made (incorrectly) on variousoccasions during the last century hasresurfaced.On both sides of the Atlantic, western-style capitalism has supposedlysuccumbed to a socialism of sorts. UKPrime Minister Gordon Brown is a socialistagain according to some in the media, andnot only the new US President Obama, but
also some of the nal regulatory activities
of the Bush administration have beendeemed in some quarters as “socialist”. The
Socialist Standard 
and theWorld Socialist Movement have howeverdecided not to shut up shop in triumphat this speedy success. This use of theterm socialism to describe a few mildamendments to capitalism is of course just lazy thinking and sloppy journalism.It is also partially the legacy of a centuryof supposed revolutionaries and radicals – from V I Lenin to K Livingston – whohave viewed state control of productiveresources as somehow a part of a genuinerevolutionary project, and who have inthe process served to confuse the casefor socialism as a genuine alternative tocapitalism. The “socialism” being referred torelates then, to nothing more than the factthat governments in North America andEurope have bailed out the banks and arein the process of doing the same for thecar industry and various other strugglingsectors of the economy. This attempt to position socialism asa mere version of capitalism – rather thana fundamental alternative to it – defusesit. This is why we strongly argue thatthese terms should be used accurately.World socialists argue – and have doneconsistently for over 100 years – thatnationalisation of sectors of the economy(e.g. manufacturing, mining, oil and gasextraction, power distribution, transport),or “socialisation” as its termed in the US,is a measure used to differing degrees byevery capitalist economy in the world.Indeed, far from somehow being insome sort of contradiction with capitalism,government ownership is in reality anabsolutely essential aspect of capitalism inall regions around the world. Some partsof the economy are simply too central,too important to all the other parts of theeconomy, for their survival to be left tochance or the vagaries of the market.For example, during the First WorldWar, many pubs located close to munitionsfactories were nationalised. This wasn’tan example of early government concern with the binge-drinking menace that iscurrently preoccupying politicians, but was undertaken in order to enable the watering-down of the beer and othermeans of controlling consumption by workers in these factories, therebyminimising the risks of accidents withserious consequences for this criticalindustry in time of war. Left to its owndevices, the market system would biteoff its own (invisible) hand and happilyunleash drunk workers into explosivesfactories.For world socialists, socialism meansa moneyless, wageless, classless andstateless society. Socialism is not justa “nice idea”, nor a change of name. Itdoesn’t refer to tinkering on the margins
of the prot motive, but – in contrast
to the phoney ideological debate over“nationalisation” – represents a genuinealternative to capitalism.
April 09 bdh.indd 323/3/09 12:24:39

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