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Socialism in the 21st Century

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Socialism in the 21st century

Introduction to the 2006 edition

Just six months after the first edition of Socialism in the 21st century was published two million people took to the streets of Britain on 15 February 2003 to oppose the impending war on Iraq. It was probably the biggest single demonstration in Britain’s history and it formed part of what was certainly the biggest ever simultaneous global movement...

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Chapter one

Introduction

This book argues the case for socialism. Why are you and other readers interested in such a book? Why are growing numbers of people considering becoming socialists? 

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Chapter two

Britain at the start of the 21st century

Over the last decade our city centres have been transformed. There are shiny new shopping malls and fancy shops that used to be found only in London. 

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Chapter three

Could things be different?

In the Houses of Parliament serious debate is a distant memory. On every crucial issue the three main parties are in almost complete agreement. With a few exceptions MPs accept the policies of neo-liberalism as an article of faith. 

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Chapter four

Marx was right

Capitalism's abject failure to provide the vast bulk of humanity with the material means for a dignified existence is not only due to the greed of individual billionaires or the failure of politicians. 

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Chapter five

Britain - the world’s biggest hedge fund

Britain, the world’s first capitalist superpower, is now the puny relative of the heavyweight capitalist countries. 

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Chapter six

How could socialism work?

In the 300 years or so of its existence capitalism has transformed the planet over and over again. Rail, electricity, the internal combustion engine, flight, space travel, telephones and electronic computers, the list is endless. 

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Chapter seven

Is there an easier way to change the world?

Is socialism obsolete? Is there a new ‘21st century alternative’ to capitalism that is ‘more practicable’ than socialism? Is it possible to reform capitalism? 

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Chapter eight

The Socialist Party

The Socialist Party is not just an organisation that argues the case for socialism. We use our Marxist analysis as a tool to attempt to guide struggles to defend and improve the living conditions of working-class people. 

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Chapter nine

Our demands

Jobs and work

  • A range of policies to achieve full employment, including the introduction of a maximum 35-hour week without loss of pay, a massive increase in public spending in healthcare, housing, education, childcare, leisure and community facilities....

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Other links:

Socialism on the Socialist Party website

Marxism on the Marxist.net website

 

Introductions to the 2006 edition

Introduction

Britain at the start of the 21st century

Could things be different?

Marx was right

Britain - the world’s biggest hedge fund

How could socialism work?

Is there an easier way to change the world?

The Socialist Party

Our demands