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Socialist Standard December 2009

Socialist Standard December 2009

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Socialist Standard magazine December 2009 -
Front cover: ‘Mayfair? Not Fair!’
Editorial – ‘Copenhagen: Another Predictable Failure’

Features
‘Down and Out in Mayfair’ – homelessness in a rich country
‘Capitalism and Food Security – an Oxymoron’
‘The World Around You’ – how employment consumes our lives
‘Too Good to be True’ – conditioned to accept the absurdities and contradictions that capitalism throws up
‘Debating the S-word’ – is there any word more over-used and misunderstood today than ‘socialism’?
‘BNP – Question Time Without Answers’

Regular features -
Pathfinders (science / technology)
Material World – ‘The Advance of Capitalism’
Pieces Together – news cuttings from mainstream media
Cooking the Books 1 (economics) – ‘This Year’s Nobel Prize for Economics’
Cooking the Books 2 - ‘Free is Good’
50 Years Ago – ‘Second Thoughts’
Voice From the Back - selected news items
Free Lunch – cartoon
Book Reviews –
‘Why Not Socialism?’, by G.A. Cohen
‘Where the Other Half Lives: Lower Income Housing in a Neoliberal World’, edited by Sarah Glynn
‘Free: The Future of a Radical Price’ by Chris Anderson
‘Critical Social Theory and the End of Work’, by Edward Granter
‘Plebs’, by Colin Waugh
Plus letters, book reviews, meetings, etc.
Socialist Standard magazine December 2009 -
Front cover: ‘Mayfair? Not Fair!’
Editorial – ‘Copenhagen: Another Predictable Failure’

Features
‘Down and Out in Mayfair’ – homelessness in a rich country
‘Capitalism and Food Security – an Oxymoron’
‘The World Around You’ – how employment consumes our lives
‘Too Good to be True’ – conditioned to accept the absurdities and contradictions that capitalism throws up
‘Debating the S-word’ – is there any word more over-used and misunderstood today than ‘socialism’?
‘BNP – Question Time Without Answers’

Regular features -
Pathfinders (science / technology)
Material World – ‘The Advance of Capitalism’
Pieces Together – news cuttings from mainstream media
Cooking the Books 1 (economics) – ‘This Year’s Nobel Prize for Economics’
Cooking the Books 2 - ‘Free is Good’
50 Years Ago – ‘Second Thoughts’
Voice From the Back - selected news items
Free Lunch – cartoon
Book Reviews –
‘Why Not Socialism?’, by G.A. Cohen
‘Where the Other Half Lives: Lower Income Housing in a Neoliberal World’, edited by Sarah Glynn
‘Free: The Future of a Radical Price’ by Chris Anderson
‘Critical Social Theory and the End of Work’, by Edward Granter
‘Plebs’, by Colin Waugh
Plus letters, book reviews, meetings, etc.

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 Socialist 
Standard
 
December 2009
 
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Socialist 
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December 2009
SubScription orderS
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We still live in a society that if you don’t have the ability to pay you ‘goes’without.
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the prot motive is taken out of food supply.
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Someone employs you, and you work for them, and they control a bigpart of your waking hours.
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Is any word more over-used and misunderstood today than“socialism”?
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 Socialist 
Standard
 
December 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 without
leaders, 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 opportunity
to make new socialists. We publishpamphlets and books, as well as CDs,DVDs and various other informativematerial. We also give talks and take part
in 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 and
Turkish 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.
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The Socialist Party
Editorial
Copenhagen: another predictable failure
 
 The mosT rcnt IPCC’ (Intrgvrn-
mental Panel on Climate Change) n
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ings say that rich, inustrial countriesmust cut emissions from 1990 levelsby 25-40 percent by 2020 if the worlis to have a fair chance of avoiingangerous climate change.
 
In July the G-8 leaers agree tolimit the global temperature rise to2 egrees C above the pre-inustriallevel at which human civilisation e
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velope. Pre-Copenhagen the EU hasplege 20 percent cuts by 2020, but will increase this to 30 percent if oth
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ers – like the US – o likewise. Japanhas plege 25 percent reuctionsby 2020 if others will o the same.Chinese presient Hu plege to cut
iin ‘by a ntabl argin’ by
2020. The US has given no assurancesbut a bill Obama has sai he sup
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ports (the Waxman-Markey bill) woulgive less than 5 percent reuctions by2020.Also in July, the nings of a newlycomplete stuy by WBGU (a Germanacronym) – the chairman of which,Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, is chief climate aviser to the German govern
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ment – were given for the rst time toan invitation-only conference in theSanta Fe Institute, New Mexico. Thestuy has since been publishe. ThisWBGU stuy says the US must stop
all Co
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emissions by 2020; Germany,Italy an other inustrial nations by2025-30 an China by 2035, with the whole worl neeing to be carbon-emissions-free by 2050. The stuy woul allow the big polluters to elaytheir slowown by buying emissionsrights from eveloping countries,enabling possible extension times of aroun a ecae for some. A funa
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mental principle of the stuy is the‘per capita principle’, meaning thatthe right to emit greenhouse gasesis share equally by all people onEarth. Applie to a worl populationof seven billion, each person on earth woul have a quota of 2.7 tons of CO
2
,
 whereas currently US citizens emit 20tons per capita.
 
Schellnhuber claims that meetingthese criteria will give humanity a two-in-three chance of staying within that2 egrees C limit – although there isno guarantee. To increase the os infavour carbon emissions woul haveto en sooner; elaying another ec
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ae or so before halting all emissions woul reuce the os to fty-fty.
 
Os are that whatever is promoteat Copenhagen there will be much jockeying an positioning, manyne wors an ifs an buts by self-important worl leaers an anotherecae own the ever-more pollutean climate change-affecte roa we’ll look back an see another abjectfailure – just like Rio, Kyoto, Johan
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nesburg, etc. a innitum. What morecan we expect from a system whichmakes a habit of fouling its own aneveryboy else’s backyar as long asit’s making money by blin pursuit of growth? Come 2020 the King Canutesof capitalism will still be trying to holback the waves with empty gestures.
 
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