Article from the May 2005 edition, the Socialist
paper of the Socialist Party, the CWI in Ireland.
Make capitalism history - Protest at the G8 summit
Make socialism our future
by Cillian Gillespie
AT THE beginning of July the G8, the club bringing the major capitalist powers together, will meet in Scotland.
According to Tony Blair, the supposed aim of this summit is to tackle the catastrophic problems facing the world's poor, particularly those living in Africa. However the record of this body shows it has no intention of bringing this about, given that it is the exclusive representative of the world's powerful and wealthy.
Half the world's population lives on less than a dollar a day and 1.7 billion people internationally have no access to essential medicines. 6,000 people die in Africa every day from HIV/Aids, while four million children die before the age of five every year. The representatives of capitalism who make up the G8 are responsible for the creation of this obscene poverty.
They have also waged brutal wars to defend their prestige and profits that have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians. Bush and Blair waged a brutal war for oil against Iraq that has resulted in the deaths of over 100,000 Iraqis. The Russian President Putin turned the capital city of Chechnya into a pile of rubble in order to suppress the national rights of the Chechen people.
An estimated 200,000 people will protest at the G8 summit, many of them young people. The protests have been organised by the umbrella group "Make Poverty History" whose leadership mistakenly believe that capitalism can be reformed for the benefit of the world's poor.
Socialist Youth and the Committee for a Workers International (the international organisation to which we are affiliated) will be mobilising for these protests in the coming weeks and are organising a youth camp where the issues around the summit will be discussed.
However the main reason we will be mobilising for the summit is in order to make the argument for a clear anti-capitalist, socialist programme. We have no illusions that Bush, Blair and the other cronies that make up the G8 can be pressurised into alleviating the problems faced by the world's poor. Poverty, war and want are not the unacceptable face of capitalism but are inevitable under a system where profit always comes before people's needs.
We strongly urge you to come along to the G8 summit in Scotland as well as joining Socialist Youth and help us make the arguments for a socialist future. A future based on the world's wealth being owned, controlled and planned in order to provide a decent standard of living for all.
If you want to join the thousands of young people protesting against the corrupt policies of the G8, contact Socialist Youth on 0871274315 or 086 1688050 for more information!