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Socialist Standard December 2008

Socialist Standard December 2008

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Socialist Standard magazine December 2008 -

Front cover : ‘Money Stalks’ - The Benefits of a Moneyless Society
Editorial – ‘How to Lose Friends and Alienate People’
Articles –
‘Five Reasons to Get Rid of Money’
‘The Return of Karl Marx’
‘Robert Owen: Paternalist Utopian’
‘Electrickery’ (electric cars)
‘Why We Need a Theory’

Regular features -
Pathfinders (pop science / technology) – ‘Future al Fresco, or the House That Jacque Built’ (re Venus Project)
Material World – ‘The Next Capitalist Frontier’ (re Helium-3)’
Pieces Together – news cuttings from mainstream media
Cooking the Books 1 (economics) – ‘Keynes Rides Again’
Cooking the Books 2 – ‘The Myth of Magic Money’
50 Years Ago – ‘Borstal Boy’ (Brendan Behan)
Greasy Pole – ‘Lucky Gordon?’
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 December 2008 -

Front cover : ‘Money Stalks’ - The Benefits of a Moneyless Society
Editorial – ‘How to Lose Friends and Alienate People’
Articles –
‘Five Reasons to Get Rid of Money’
‘The Return of Karl Marx’
‘Robert Owen: Paternalist Utopian’
‘Electrickery’ (electric cars)
‘Why We Need a Theory’

Regular features -
Pathfinders (pop science / technology) – ‘Future al Fresco, or the House That Jacque Built’ (re Venus Project)
Material World – ‘The Next Capitalist Frontier’ (re Helium-3)’
Pieces Together – news cuttings from mainstream media
Cooking the Books 1 (economics) – ‘Keynes Rides Again’
Cooking the Books 2 – ‘The Myth of Magic Money’
50 Years Ago – ‘Borstal Boy’ (Brendan Behan)
Greasy Pole – ‘Lucky Gordon?’
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
 
December 2008
 
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Socialist 
Standard
 
December 2008
SubScription orderS
 should be sent to The Socialist Party, 52Clapham High Street, London SW4 7UN.
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 One year subscription (normal rate) £15One year subscription (low/unwaged) £10Europe rate £20 (Air mail)Rest of world £25 (Air mail)Voluntary supporters subscription £20 or more.Cheques payable to ‘
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at the addressbelow. Correspondence should be sent tothe General Secretary. All articles, lettersand notices should be sent to the editorialcommittee at: The Socialist Party, 52 ClaphamHigh street, London SW4 7UN.
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How to lose friends
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Future al Fresco
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The new frontier 
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Keynes rides again
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ckg  bks 2
The myth of magic money
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Green Capitalism; From poverty to power 
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50 ys ag
Borstal boy
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Gs p
Lucky Gordon?
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Poverty recruits; War is mental;Vatican bonuses
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website: www.worldsocialism.org
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Socialist society will have no need for money. This will profoundlyaffect all aspects of life.
 
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t   K mx
 
A German publisher has reported that sales of Das Kapital haveincreased dramatically.
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r ow: s 
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Robert Owen.The Owenites introduced the word “socialism” but Owen himself alwaysopposed the class struggle.
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Non-polluting, electric cars could be mass produced, but aren’t. Weexamine why.
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Towards a better understanding of the world, in order to change it.
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 Socialist 
Standard
 
December 2008
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
hw  s s   
It would be hard to devise a scenario morelikely to set the UK media drooling thanthe storyline that developed during lateOctober. A couple of indiscreet politiciansand an aristocrat enjoying the hospitalityof a Russian oligarch’s superyacht mooredoff Corfu is not newsworthy in itself of course.What really attracted the attentionof the media was the Tory shadowchancellor (George Osborne) and hisindiscreet breach of the code of honour of his old upper-class binge-drinking club,and particularly his friend NathanielRothschild, - who’s guest he was - and who is also apparently worth a bob ortwo.Osborne made the mistake of gossipingabout a conversation he had on board with Peter Mandelson. At the time he wasmessing around in boats this summer he was an EU Commissioner for Trade buthas since returned as a peer to Labour(previously known as New Labour), aftervarious spells as the “architect” of NewLabour (previously known as Labour).If you’re feeling confused, don’t worry- what is of interest to socialists is howthe whole episode has lifted a grubbystone to uncover many examples of theshenanigans of our ruling class. Forexample, one person in the vicinity wasRupert Murdoch’s daughter Elizabeth who had her own boat nearby and wasspending a week in the Mediterranean justto plan her 40
th
birthday celebrations. ( If that’s how long the planning takes, what were the actual celebrations like?).Anyway, upset that his mates werebitching about each other only a few weeks after the yacht-party, Rothschilddropped Osborne right in it by accusinghim of soliciting funds for the Tories,from the yacht owner. His name is OlegDeripaska and he actually comes overbetter than most in this episode, despitebeing alleged to be a thug who haseffectively extorted billions of roubles outof the state-owned industry through close
involvement with the Russian maa. This
is of course outrageous, but if we arebeing consistent, it is pretty much howmost of today’s capitalist class got their wealth, whether a few centuries or a fewgenerations earlier. This story of thieves falling out inthe playgrounds of the rich sheds alittle light on how our increasingly inter-connected economic and political upper-class spend their money and time (whatPeter Mandelson might term “seriousrelaxing”). But all parties to this grubbyexchange – the economic sugar-daddiesand their political lapdogs – appear tohave now conveniently agreed to call atruce rather than risk damaging theircollective reputation.Discretion in their discussions witheach other obviously counts for more thantransparency and accountability to therest of us who actually create the wealththey go to such lengths to consume.Entering a period of rising unemploymentand re-possessions is probably not thebest time for the “have-yachts” to rubour noses in the details of the marvellousparties they always seem to be throwingfor each other.Any workers who share our anger with, and analysis of the problems of,capitalism are encouraged to apply to joinvia the address on page 2. Needless tosay, this address can be used also for anybillionaires wishing to make a donation.
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