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Stupidity in capitalism

Say you want to help starving African children, what do you do? The Christians pray to a higher power, but we logical people know that won’t help at all, don’t we? So we realise that praying will not help. We must donate money to provide food and clean water.

But this only serves as a temporary solution. To truly help, we must rebuild society on such a basis that poverty will be impossible. To end hunger, poverty, malnutrition, we need socialism

The ‘evils of capitalism’

By George Volkov

We often hear about the ‘evils of communism’, the gulags, the purges, Stalin, Mao’s famine, evil north Korea, etc.

What we don’t hear about are the evils of capitalism, the system which distributes wealth so unevenly, even in our first world countries. I shall skip the part about the layer of ultra-rich scum on the top who live off others labour, and go straight on to the problems.
10 million children die each year due to poverty in capitalist countries. That’s 200 million since 1993, sure dwarfs the exaggerated total of the 100 million that ‘communism’ killed. Whilst the richest 240 people could end world poverty and hunger 4 times over. I’m not denying or condoning the atrocities committed by Stalin, Mao, and the Kim family, I’m merely stating that you have only heard 1 side of the story. I’m here to show you the evils of capitalism, and we can replace it with a much more egalitarian system. Look at the Paris commune or 1936 Spain if you want our society, look at 1918 Russia, where the workers ran their factories.
Just think on that.

Communism and mankind

By George Volkov

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.
John Donne

We communists are inquisitive beings. When someone is in poverty, yet others, but a mere street away, are in unimaginable luxury, we ask why.
Why do so few have so much, whilst we, the majority, who work for the rich and make society run, live off the scraps of the privileged elite? Solidarity is important among us, race will not separate us, nations will not divide us, because we are all human, we are all proletarians. While one passes a homeless man on the street, assuming that they are homeless through their own fault, a communist stops, gives them their change, and time permitting, has a conversation. To you, that loose change is worthless, to him, it is the difference between having a cup of tea, or having no tea. Capitalism has evolved. It has realised how strong we are united. This notion of nationalism, a pathetic ideology, has reduced otherwise good people into believing their country is better than another. Racism is another clever scheme the capitalists have used to divide us, but if one looks past the skin, the accent, the nationality, we all bleed red blood.
As communists, we want to end this system of exploitation. In socialism, you receive according to the labour you put in. No more will man be able to subsist from the labour of another. We communists do not want to improve our lives, but we want to improve the lives of all men.

Ernesto “che” Guevara:
“Man really attains the state of complete humanity when he produces, without being forced by physical need to sell himself as a commodity.”

The People’s budget

By George Volkov

The People’s budget:

Being a socialist, I am against any dictator, any tyrant, any monarch, dear leader of whatever title they have appointed themselves. The fact here in Britain we have an unelected head of state, and house of lords, essentially makes all socialist reforms impossible. This means even if the people want the house of lords out, there is no legal way we can kick them out.
Do we want to tax the aristocracy more so we can make university free?
Rejected, even if parliament passes it. David Lloyd George came up against the house of lords in an attempt to get his people’s budget passed.

Lloyd George argued that the People’s Budget would eliminate poverty, and commended it thus:
“This is a war Budget. It is for raising money to wage implacable warfare against poverty and squalidness. I cannot help hoping and believing that before this generation has passed away, we shall have advanced a great step towards that good time, when poverty, and the wretchedness and human degradation which always follows in its camp, will be as remote to the people of this country as the wolves which once infested its forests”

Britain was also trying to keep up with the rising power of imperial Germany, and were in an arms race, a prelude to the impending war.
“a fully-equipped duke cost as much to keep up as two dreadnoughts (battleships)”– but was “much less easy to scrap”- Lloyd George

On the 30th November 1909, the Finance Bill was resolutely rejected by the House of Lords, by 350 votes to 75. The Prime Minister, Asquith, subsequently moved a motion to dissolve Parliament, declaring the act to be a “breach of the constitution and usurption of the rights of the Commons.” The House of Lords had gone one step too far this time, breaking an ancient, yet unwritten constitutional prerogative forbidding the Upper Chamber from rejecting financial bills put forward by the elected Lower House. The issue was portrayed as one of the peers versus the people at the ensuing election in January 1910 and Lloyd George toured the country addressing working class crowds and stressing that the rich landowners that filled the red benches of the Lords would rather see the food of the masses taxed, rather than pay for important measures to fight poverty from their own overflowing pockets. His most renowned speech at Limehouse used particularly forceful language and even provoked a letter of complaint from the King.

Although the Liberals returned to Parliament with 100 less seats, they had still won an important moral victory over the Lords and the Conservative opposition and on the 28th April 1910, the Lords were finally forced to accept the Budget, which passed into law after no fewer than 70 parliamentary days of debate and 554 divisions.

As a result of the budget, we now have the NHS, state pensions, sick pay, free school meals for poor children, etc.
This shows what can be done of we remove the wealth from the hands of an elite minority. Imagine what could be done if we decided to do away with the archaic principles of the aristocracy.

“Who ordained that a few should have the land of Britain as a perquisite; who made ten thousand people owners of the soil and the rest of us trespassers in the land of our birth?”
David Lloyd George