Tuesday, April 07, 2015

A future that works

The text of a leaflet distributed in Folkestone where our candidate is Andy Thomas.

The market system works. But not for us. It works for the handful of people who own the land, factories and firms. Some of them are doing well and getting richer. For them, the present system works, through our hard work.

For us, it doesn’t. The real value of wages has shrunk. The housing market is broken and rents are rising. Unemployment is at staggering proportions: especially among young people.

The truth is being revealed that the world is run in the interests of those who own it.

For governments, repaying debts to those who got wealthy from our work is more important than us receiving education or health care.

For us, the future won’t work so long as we depend on an economy based on the market, profit and ownership by a few.

In our workplaces we co-operate. We don’t charge our colleagues for our time: we work together. It’s just that we are not working together for ourselves. If we controlled the places where we work. we could work together, without bosses, to make all the things and provide all the services we need. Then share them freely, without buying and selling. Not to fix the current system. Nobody can. But to build a movement big enough to replace it.

The alternative is a wasted vote, for parties that accept the market system: parties that inevitably support putting profits before needs and letting the market dictate what is produced and who benefits.

The first step to building that movement is letting other people know we want it. A vote for the Socialist Party lets people know where you stand and encourages others to join in.

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