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Socialist Standard January 2011

Socialist Standard January 2011

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EDITORIAL
The cold reality of state power

FEATURES
* Wikid Games (Wikileaks)
* Marching orders (student demos)
* The cuts - let’s make capitalism redundant
* A mining incident
* Sheridan no socialist

REGULARS
* 50 Years ago, Meetings and Contacts
* Pathfinders
* Measuring general well-being – how and why?
* Material World: Business is Everything and Everything is Business
* Cooking the Books 1 & 2
* Tiny Tips & Halo Halo
* Greasy Pole: Cable unplugged
* Action Replay & Proper Gander
* Book Reviews
‘Life Inc.’, by Douglas Rushkoff
‘Getting Our Way’, by Christopher Meyer
‘The Path to Human Development: capitalism or socialism?’ by Michael Lebowitz
EDITORIAL
The cold reality of state power

FEATURES
* Wikid Games (Wikileaks)
* Marching orders (student demos)
* The cuts - let’s make capitalism redundant
* A mining incident
* Sheridan no socialist

REGULARS
* 50 Years ago, Meetings and Contacts
* Pathfinders
* Measuring general well-being – how and why?
* Material World: Business is Everything and Everything is Business
* Cooking the Books 1 & 2
* Tiny Tips & Halo Halo
* Greasy Pole: Cable unplugged
* Action Replay & Proper Gander
* Book Reviews
‘Life Inc.’, by Douglas Rushkoff
‘Getting Our Way’, by Christopher Meyer
‘The Path to Human Development: capitalism or socialism?’ by Michael Lebowitz

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 Socialist 
Standard
 
January 2011
 
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Socialist 
Standard
 
January 2011
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contents
FeatureS
 Wikid Gmes
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Mchig Odes
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The cts - let’s mkecpitlism eddt
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a Miig Icidet
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Sheid no Socilist
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Podctio Vles
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Cookig the Books 2
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reviews
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50 yes ago
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Meetigs
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Voice fom the Bck 
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at the addressabove. Correspondence should be sent tothe General Secretary. All articles, lettersand notices should be sent to the EditorialCommittee.
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Uk Branches & contacts
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. 2nd Wednesday6.30pm. Coffee Republic, 7-12 City Road,EC1 (nearest Tube and rail stations OldStreet and Moorgate).
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. Thurs Jan.13 and 27, 8pm. Angel Community Centre,Raynham Rd, NI8.Corres: 17 Dorset Road, N22 7SL.Email:julianvein@blueyonder.co.uk
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. 1st Tues. 7.00pm.Head Ofce. 52 Clapham High St, SW47UN. Tel: 020 7622 3811
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. Meetsevery two months on a Sunday afternoon(see meetings page for details). Tel: Tony Gluck 01242 235615.Email: tonygluck111@btinternet.com
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. Paul Bennett, 6Burleigh Mews, Hardy Lane, M21 7LB. Tel: 0161 860 7189
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. Brendan Cummings, 19 QueenSt, Millom, Cumbria LA18 4BG
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: Robert Whiteld.Email: rewcbr13@yahoo.co.uk Tel: 07906 373975
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Meets everytwo months on a Saturday afternoon (seemeetings page for details).
 
Shane Roberts,86 High Street, Bristol BS5 6DN. Tel: 0117 9511199
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. Rob Cox, 4 Stanhope Road,Deal, Kent, CT14 6AB
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Meetsevery two months on a Saturday afternoon(see meetings page for details).Pat Deutz, 11 The Links, Billericay, CM120EX. n.deutz@btinternet.comDavid Porter, Eastholme, Bush Drive,Eccles-on-Sea, NR12 0SF. Tel: 01692 582533.Richard Headicar, 42 Woodcote, Firs Rd,Hethersett, NR9 3JD. Tel: 01603 814343.
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. 3rd Wednesday of eachmonth at 8pm in Community CentralHalls, 304 Maryhill Road, Glasgow. RichardDonnelly, 112 Napiershall Street, GlasgowG20 6HT. Tel: 0141 5794109.Email: richard.donnelly1@ntlworld.com
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. Ian Ratcliffe, 16 Birkhall Ave,Wormit, Newport-on-Tay, DD6 8PX. Tel: 01328 541643
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. 2nd and 4th Weds inmonth, 7.30-9.30. Lanthorn CommunityCentre, Kennilworth Rise, Dedridge,Livingston. Corres: Matt Culbert, 53 FalconBrae, Ladywell, Livingston, West Lothian,EH5 6UW. Tel: 01506 462359Email: matt@wsmweb.fsnet.co.uk
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. John James, 67Romilly Park Road, Barry CF62 6RR. Tel: 01446 405636
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. J.M. Morel, Calle 7 edif 45apto 102, Multis nuevo La loteria,La Vega, Rep. Dominicana.
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 P. O. Box 1266 North Richmond3121, Victoria, Australia.. Email:commonownership@yahoo.com.au
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. Box 4280, Victoria B.C. V8X3X8 Canada.Email:SPC@iname.com
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P.O.Box 1929, Auckland, NI, New Zealand.
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P.O. Box 440247, Boston, MA02144 USA.Email: wspboston@covad.net
Contact Details
January 2011 bdh.indd 204/01/2011 10:40
 
3
 Socialist 
Standard
 
January 2011
THERE ARE plenty of reasons for socialists to be cheerful aswe go into the New Year. Our class is once again on the move,ghting to protect its interests, and talking about its future. Thisis a very good thing. But New Year optimism always gives wayin the end to the gloomy realism of a bleak January morning. Itis in this spirit that we point to some worrying counter-develop-ments.On 3 December, Spanish air-trafc controllers walkedoff the job and called in sick en masse in protest at theimposition of worse working conditions and longer hours.The right of workers to take collective action to protecttheir interests, including withdrawing their labour, would beconsidered by most to be a fundamental human right. Butunder capitalism, the right of capital accumulation to proceeduninhibited is also a fundamental right. Between equal rights,force decides. So the Spanish state declared martial law, sentin the military, and armed police forced the workers back totheir desks under threat of a six-year prison sentence. That’sthe freedom of labour for you.Meanwhile, the newspapers have been dominated over thepast couple of months with revelations from the WikiLeakswebsite, which leaked secret communications between USdiplomats and their seniors, and earlier posted evidence of atrocities by Western armed forces against civilians in Iraqand Afghanistan. The real signicance of these leaks is notso much their content – informed opinion was already awareof most of what was going on. It is that the leaks threatento make ‘informed opinion’ available to more people. Thisis, from the point of view of the ruling class and its state, adisaster. First you give people information about what’s goingon in the world. The next thing you know they’ll be wanting asay in it. That’s not conducive to exible labour markets. Andso the more extreme sections of the US commentariat calledfor the murder of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange; thewebsite has been under continuous attack ever since fromhackers and businesses; and Assange has been threatenedwith extradition to the US to face espionage charges. That’sthe freedom of information for you.Finally, a growing protest movement in the UK against thecuts in state spending on education and other vital socialservices, led for now by students and university lecturers’unions, is facing increased state repression. Demonstrators,mostly young adults and children, have been provoked andterrorised by armed police, ‘kettled’ for hours on freezingcold streets without access to food, water or toilet facilities,and then savagely beaten with truncheons. No one is sparedthis state thuggery: a disabled man with cerebral palsy wasbeaten by the police and dragged from his wheelchair acrossa road, and one young man had to have emergency brainsurgery after a beating. A death at the hands of the statethugs cannot be very far away. And yet all the talk from themedia and the police is of 
increasing 
the repression – snatchsquads, targeted searches and water cannons have all beenmooted. That’s the freedom to protest for you.What we’re facing is the simple fact that our class enemieshold state power, and will use it, ruthlessly to protecttheir interests and defend themselves from the threat of democracy. Which is why the Socialist Party argues for theprime importance of taking state power out of their hands.
The cold reality of state power 
The Socialist Party is like no other politicalparty in Britain. It is made up of people whohave joined together because we want toget rid of the prot system and establishreal socialism. Our aim is to persuadeothers to become socialist and act for themselves, organising democraticallyand without leaders, to bring about thekind of society that we are advocatingin this journal. We are solely concernedwith building a movement of socialists for socialism. We are not a reformist partywith a programme of policies to patch upcapitalism.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 takepart in debates; attend rallies, meetingsand demos; run educational conferences;host internet discussion forums, makelms presenting our ideas, and contestelections 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 get our ideas across, the more experiences wewill be able to draw on and greater will bethe new ideas for building the movementwhich you will be able to bring us.The Socialist Party is an organisation of equals. There is no leader and there areno followers. So, if you are going to joinwe want you to be sure that you agreefully with what we stand for and that weare satised that you understand thecase for socialism.
if y wl lk m ls th Sls py, ml  h fm  g 23.
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