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Who profits from your pension fund?

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Rhodri Evans

Railpen is the pension scheme covering 500,000 current and former railworkers in Britain. According to a new book, What they do with your money, reviewed in the Financial Times on 18 June, it used to believe it was paying £75 million a year to financiers to manage its funds.

Then it probed further, and found that £290 million was being sucked out of the pension fund each year in fees for “fund managers”. Over 30 years, for example, that would be £9 billion, or over 40% of the total value of the fund.

The whole of high finance should be taken into public ownership, and its machine for enriching a few financiers should be replaced by a public, democratically-controlled, banking, insurance, and pension service.

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For a world where diversity is normal

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Val Graham

Val Graham reviews Autism Equality in the Workplace by Janine Booth.


Janine Booth, poet and author of Autism Equality in the Workplace, is both a worker and trade union activist. A member of the TUC Disabled Workers Committee, her handbook Autism in the Workplace was published online by the TUC in 2014.

A review of Autism Equality in the Workplace by Janine Booth.

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Stand up for socialism!

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Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell and their close associates probably never expected to get where they’ve got now, where their words get the weight and attention due to the alternative government.

Many rank and file left-wing activists, too, have been surprised suddenly to find themselves in the centre of large left-wing meetings where ideas are discussed about changing the economy and society wholesale.

We can no more win socialism by individuals being active, each one on her or his own, than a workforce can win better wages and conditions by each worker complaining one by one.

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An inspiring dialogue

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Jill Mountford

There is now a renewed interest in socialist ideas, an appetite to better understand how the world works and why it works in the interests of such a small minority. There’s a craving among a much bigger layer of people for ideas about what we do about the preposterous injustices of capitalism. These appetites and cravings need to be fed and satiated with ideas and arguments about what socialism is and importantly, what it is not (i.e. the 57 varities of the Stalinism of the twentieth century).

Sean Matgamna’s book, Can socialism make sense? An unfriendly dialogue, is, as he writes in the introduction, “a contribution to the urgent work of rebuilding a mass working class socialist consciousness, and perspective, and a movement that embodies and fights for them”.

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Alessandro: The Black Prince of Florence

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Cathy Nugent

Cath Fletcher's book about Alessandro de' Medici, the bastard son of a Duke and a servant, or possibly slave, of a black African background, is a work of historical detection. The text weighs up the often contradictory, dishonest and sparse accounts of Alessandro's life.

A review of Alessandro: The Black Prince of Florence by Cath Fletcher.

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Varoufakis’ plan to change Europe

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John Cunningham

During the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta, the Athenians captured the small island of Melia, considered to be friendly to their rival city state.

The Melians, powerless before the might of Athens, pleaded for mercy but to no avail. The Athenians stated that justice belonged to the strong, they would do as they pleased “and the weak suffer what they must” (note that the original quote is a statement, not a question — a subtle but important difference).

A review of And the Weak Suffer What They Must? by Yanis Varoufakis (Bodley Head, 2016).

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Removing barriers for autistic workers

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Cathy Nugent

Cathy Nugent reviews Autism Equality in the Workplace: Removing barriers and challenging discrimination by Janine Booth.
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This is not a book of advice for autistic people on how to adapt to work or how to socialise with colleagues. There are other books and resource that do that.

A review of Autism Equality in the Workplace: Removing barriers and challenging discrimination by Janine Booth.

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Our New Book: Can socialism make sense?

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Paul Hampton

This is a review of the new book by Workers' Liberty Can socialism make sense?

A review of Can Socialism Make Sense? by Sean Matgamna.

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Women who changed the world

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Les Hearn

Women are notoriously under-represented in science, but the situation seems worse because such women scientists as there are tend to be misunderstood, misinterpreted, under-rated or ignored.

A review of Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science - and the World by Rachel Swaby (Broadway Books).

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Why socialist feminism?

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Kate Harris

Workers Liberty Women's new pamphlet, Why Socialist Feminism?, is a short but dense whistle-stop tour through contemporary Marxist-feminist theory.

Workers Liberty Women's new pamphlet, Why Socialist Feminism?, is a short but dense whistle-stop tour through contemporary Marxist-feminist theory.

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