It’s time to join the Socialist Party
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From The Socialist, October 2, 2019
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Mark Best, Socialist Party membership organizer
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As the fog of confusion swirls as the Brexit deadline approaches, the capitalist establishment is in crisis. The need for Corbyn to lead the fight against the capitalist class and its representatives – conservatives, Blairites and anti-worker politicians of all types – is urgent.
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Why I joined the Socialist Party
I wanted a way out and make the change
In my early teens, like many of my friends, I had almost no political influence. Most of my information came from my parents’ reluctant support for Tony Blair’s New Labor.
By the time of the 2012 US election, I had developed my own grassroots positions, which largely boiled down to “good Labor and Democrats, bad Conservatives and Republicans.” It was not a fully formed understanding, but it shifted me slightly from the “center” and slowly slid me to the left.
Over the next few years, I started to “find” myself a little more. I explored aspects of sexuality and gender that opened my eyes, not only to the struggle of LGBTQ + people, but to all oppressed people.
I have found online communities of like-minded people who have helped me feel secure in my new identity. I met people who were politically engaged, and from them I started to learn what was going on in the world – the things that made me angry.
I learned how the struggles for rights are a constant struggle, how every moment the people in power who hate us will seize every opportunity to hold back progress. I have learned how unjustly wealth is controlled in our society – with a small handful of incredibly wealthy people, who rarely have to lift a finger, supported by borderline slave labor, especially in neocolonial countries.
And I learned how some of the biggest oil companies in the world knew longer than I did that their actions were destroying the environment, but they suppressed the information and carried on because they kept making them money. .
It was there that I realized that capitalism had to go.
Learning that didn’t do me good. The world seemed to be getting worse and I couldn’t change it. I couldn’t vote yet, and was constantly stuck in endless online discussions that seemed to affect nothing. All I wanted was a way out and try to change things.
Then in 2018 I went to Newcastle Pride, and I saw the Socialist Party booth – I didn’t even know there was a Socialist Party – and put my name on it. As soon as I got involved, I felt welcomed and valued, and like I could finally make a difference, no matter how small.
I will fight to get there. That is why I joined the Socialist Party.
Why am I joining the Socialist Party
It’s time to stand up and be counted in the fight
I first wrote to the Socialist on November 18, 2015. Almost four years ago. I’ve written about the terrible practices on construction sites and how Robert Tressell’s classic socialist novel, The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists, really resonated with me.
Almost four years later, I was no longer a member of the Socialist Party.
I had three children whose future worries me constantly. I have moved many times, to slum owners whose properties are never habitable and yet charge exorbitant rates. And I have seen disabled family members struggle under Tory cuts.
I am still a decorator and have worked all over the country. Everywhere I go, it’s the same.
The same lower quality standards to achieve crazy goals to maximize big business profits. The same contempt for health and safety because it makes it difficult to progress quickly on the site.
The same dirty, dusty, moldy, wet and cold working conditions. And the saddest thing of all is to see men over 65 still forced to do hard labor to make ends meet.
I realized that I can’t hide my head anymore and I hope everything goes through me. The events of the past few weeks in Parliament have made me realize that more than ever I must stand up and be counted.
I have to join the fight and do what I can to help. It is time for me to join the Socialist Party again and stay there for good this time, or I will forever be a philanthropist in ripped pants.
In The Socialist of October 2, 2019:
What we think
Division of the capitalist elite – struggle for a government in the interests of the working class
40 years later: mandatory reselection more vital than ever for Labor
Is a workers’ Brexit deal possible?
Freshers fairs 2019: Students eager for change and determined to fight
Boris defeated must go … and all the Tories with him!
Nationalization is the only way to save jobs and skills at Wrightbus
Labor mass pledge for social housing
Royal Mail conflict: workers determined to fight bosses injustices
Election of PCS Secretary General – Support Marion Lloyd
Bromley Library strikers got it right
Hull: construction workers’ walkout forces employer to back down
Crown Paints dispute – Steward speaks
End low wages – support the action of Salford Royal security workers
Karro Foods victory Hull
International Socialist News and Analysis
Catalonia independence movement two years later
Egypt: street protests challenge Trump’s favorite dictator
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Socialism 2019: an unmissable event
It’s time to join the Socialist Party
Financing the socialist struggle
The reader’s opinion
The Socialist Inbox
Active and strong member of the Socialist Party turns 80
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