Housing crisis, precarious work, climate catastrophe….Feeling like you’ve no future ?
IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S CAPITALISM!
We live in a world of crisis because capitalism puts profit before all else, no matter the consequences. For example, Big Pharma’s patents on Covid vaccines (protecting intellectual property rights) means hundreds of thousands will needlessly die in the poorest countries.
During the pandemic, while workers have faced economic dislocation or risked their lives doing essential work for meagre wages, the super-rich have never had it better. The combined wealth of billionaires has risen by $5 trillion in the last year -- to a total of $13 trillion!
- EXPLOITATION: Jeff Bezos’s personal wealth (made off the back of his exploited workforce on poverty wages, timed toilet breaks and work-till-you-drop regimes) could pay for the full vaccination of two-thirds of the planet!
- INEQUALITY: 12 of the world’s poorest countries had not delivered a single shot by 31 May 2021.
- OPPRESSION: The capitalist class has a vested interest in fostering division -- it uses sexism, racism and transphobia for this purpose, such that oppression has been stitched into the fabric of the system -- e.g. women's unpaid labour annually is worth $10.9 trillion!
- BRUTALITY: The Israeli state, with the backing of other US and other capitalist powers has carried out numerous massacres of the people of Gaza since 2008. It implements a regime of occupation, dispossession and apartheid against the Palestinian people.
'If there is no struggle, there is no progress' - Frederick Douglass
From the #BlackLivesMatter uprising after George Floyd’s murder; to the Ni Una Menos mass movement of demonstrations involving millions against femicide and for abortion rights in Latin America; to the Palestinian masses who went on strike against the latest Israeli war machine onslaught on Gaza; to the phenomenal Debenhams workers whose fighting spirit maintained over a year of pickets against corporate greed; it’s in solidarity and struggle that the seeds of the radical change we need are planted.
NOTHING TO LOSE BUT OUR CHAINS -- Young People Want Change
Young people have been at the forefront of social movements, from repeal & LGBTQ rights, to climate strikes, to BLM. With capitalism’s housing and environmental crises literally robbing us of our right to a future as we navigate unemployment, exam stress, lack of access to mental health services, and precarious jobs (under 25s are six times as likely to be in temporary/precarious work), we have nothing to lose, and everything to gain, in getting active for change. A global crisis and system requires a global response -- and young people in the Socialist Party are organising as part of a worldwide socialist movement of young people, with International Socialist Alternative (ISA), for precisely this -- Join us today!
The collective struggle and solidarity of the working class, poor and oppressed is the most powerful antidote to capitalist greed. We make the world turn, and if we strike together it stops. If organised around the socialist alternative we can use this power to change the world. The social misery and ecological catastrophes that capitalism has in store makes this an urgent task.
Such a movement from below would challenge the private ownership of society’s wealth and resources, and would fight to take the key levers of the economy -- the big banks and corporations -- into democratic public ownership, as part of a plan for the economy run by and for the working-class majority, not a super-rich elite.
Join the Socialist Party Society today, because as Malcolm X said, “People in power have misused it, and now there has to be a change and a better world has to be built”
Join us this Saturday October 2nd at the Spire on O'Connell street to march in solidarity with the millions who oppose the despicable Texas "Heartbeat Bill", which has effectively banned abortion in state of Texas, despite access to abortion previously being protected by their Supreme Court. Having just recently won rights to abortion access at home through grassroot organising and popular struggle, our support and solidarity is important. It is also vital we maintain these movements to combat similar attempts at home to contravene or undermine our right to access abortion.
Our first meeting and AGM of our new society will take place the week of the 11th of October and we hope to see you there! Until then you can find us at our stall on Monday outside the John Hume building as we discuss the catastrophic impact climate change is having on working people the world over, the importance of workers leading the fight against climate catastrophe, and how we can organise internationally to provide a socialist alternative to the ineffective response of world governments.
|BRANDON BYRNE (Treasurer)|
|NAOISE MICHAEL BRENDAN MC MANUS (Secretary)|
|Ordinary Committee Member||EMMA|
|Second Year Rep||Leah Kelly|
|Secretary||NAOISE MICHAEL BRENDAN|
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