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Socialist Standard January 2009

Socialist Standard January 2009

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Socialist Standard magazine January 2009 -

Front cover : ‘Meet the New Boss – Same as the Old Boss?’ – (Obama)

Editorial – ‘Capitalism Must Go’

Articles –
‘Obama – No Real Change’
‘Banks, Money and Thin Air’
‘Education, Politics and Language’
‘Five More Benefits of Not Having Money’
‘A Booming Industry Even in a Recession’ (Arms industry)

Regular features -
Pathfinders (pop science / technology)
Material World – ‘Congo: The Mobile Phone War’
Pieces Together – news cuttings from mainstream media
Cooking the Books 1 (economics) – ‘D-Words’ (depression & deflation)
Cooking the Books 2 – ‘Fictitious Capital’
50 Years Ago –
Greasy Pole – ‘Post Offices: Open or Shut?’
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 January 2009 -

Front cover : ‘Meet the New Boss – Same as the Old Boss?’ – (Obama)

Editorial – ‘Capitalism Must Go’

Articles –
‘Obama – No Real Change’
‘Banks, Money and Thin Air’
‘Education, Politics and Language’
‘Five More Benefits of Not Having Money’
‘A Booming Industry Even in a Recession’ (Arms industry)

Regular features -
Pathfinders (pop science / technology)
Material World – ‘Congo: The Mobile Phone War’
Pieces Together – news cuttings from mainstream media
Cooking the Books 1 (economics) – ‘D-Words’ (depression & deflation)
Cooking the Books 2 – ‘Fictitious Capital’
50 Years Ago –
Greasy Pole – ‘Post Offices: Open or Shut?’
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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SubScription orderS
 should be sent to The Socialist Party, 52Clapham High Street, London SW4 7UN.
rateS
 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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The next meeting of the Executive Committeewill be on
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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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Capitalism must go
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D-Words
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Fictitious capital
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Basic Kropotkin; Goodbye Mr Socialism; Marx’s Theory of theGenesis of Money 
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Mgs
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50 ys ag
Highlights of 1958
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Gs p
Post Ofces are to go?
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V m  bk
The Futility Of Reformism; TheCost Of War 
and more
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contents
website: www.worldsocialism.org
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om – n  g
 
The hope many have in Obama to implement policies that will benet
the class that matters is misplaced.
 
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bks, m    
 
An urban myth is circulating on the internet that banks have beencreating money out of thin air.
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e, s  gg
Today’s education system is presented as preparation for a ‘career’ignoring the political conditioning it also involves.
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Five more benets of not having money
 
We continue describing how things could be like in a socialist society,where there would be no need for money.
a mg s v   ss
Immense prots can be made in capitalism even in a trade recession.
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January 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
csm Ms G
We are now in the middle of the
biggest economic and nancial crisis
since the 1930s. In a world that hasthe potential to produce enoughfood, clothes, housing and the otheramenities of life for all, factories areclosing down, workers are being laidoff, unemployment is growing, housesare being repossessed and people arehaving to tighten their belts. There
are in fact already 16 million ofcially
recorded unemployed in the EU.Outside Europe the situation is worseand people are rioting because theycan’t afford even the basic necessitiesof life.Capitalism in relative “good” timesis bad enough, but capitalism in aneconomic crisis makes it plain for allto see that it is not a system geared tomeeting people’s needs. It’s a system
based on the pursuit of prots, wherethe harsh economic law of “no prot, no
production” prevails. It’s because the
headlong pursuit of prots has led to asituation where they can’t make prots
at the same rate as before that those who own and control the places where wealth is produced have gone on strike – refusing to allow these workplaces tobe used to produce what people need,some desperately. So, as in the 1930s,it’s poverty in the midst of potentialplenty again. Cutbacks in productionalongside unmet needs. Why should weput up with this?But that’s the way capitalism works, and must work. The politiciansin charge of governments don’t reallyknow what to do, not that they can domuch to change the situation anyway. They are just hoping that the panicmeasures they have taken will work.In Britain the Labour governmentis trying to spend its way out of theslump, but this has been tried beforeand has never worked. The slump will
only end when conditions for protable
production have been recreated,and that requires real wages to fall
and unprotable rms to go out of 
business. So, there’s no way thatbankruptcies, cut-backs and lay-offsare going to be avoided, whatevergovernments do.What can be done? Nothing within
the prot system. It can’t be mended,
so it must be ended. But this issomething we must do ourselves. Thecareer politicians, with their emptypromises and futile measures, can‘t doanything for us. We need to organise tobring in a new system where goods andservices are produced to meet people’sneeds. But we can only produce what we need if we control the places wherethis is produced. So these must betaken out of the hands of the richindividuals, private companies andstates that now control them andbecome the common heritage of all,under our democratic control. Inshort, socialism in its original sense(which has nothing to do with thefailed state capitalism that used toexist in Russia or with what still existsin China and Cuba) as a society of common ownership, democratic control
and production for use not prot, with
goods and services available on thebasis of “from each according to ability,to each according to needs”.
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