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 In The Point this month: 

Socialism and Independence:  And/And, Not Either/Or

"I believe socialism is as much a journey and a living process as it is an actual end to be aimed at (although there is very definitely an end to be aimed at, which I’ll come to in a minute). I think it is important not to be sucked into some of the false dichotomies sometimes posed in the discourses of the left; reform/revolution, nature/nurture, and so on, but to entertain the thought that things can be and/and, rather than either/or... "  See More


Debunking The Tory 'Hard Work' Myth

Robert Dewar deconstructs the Tory mythology that 'hard work' is the way out for the working and non-working poor. See More


The Bubble Bursts - 10 Years On

The Point republishes, in a new edition, 'The Bubble Bursts' by Steve Arnottwritten contemporaneously with the Great Financial Crash of 2008, and with a new foreword by Tommy Sheridan    See More


21 things to make an indy Scotland post-capitalist ready

"The pro-independence press and social media have lately been full of different economic and social visions for an indy Scotland. Common Weal have regularly published papers, Business for Scotland published their economic model this week, and the SNP's own growth commission will report in the next month or so. Independence isn't about any one single vision, it's about getting the right of CHOICE. That said, let a carpet of thistles and bonnie white roses bloom. Here's my vision..." says Steve Arnott.  SEE MORE


 Power: A Winter's Tale


"I want to talk to you about power. Not political power, or entrenched patriarchal power, but the everyday kind you get from the socket in the wall. Because today I heard something very disturbing indeed recently - the UK almost ran out of gas, at the worst possible time..." writes Derek Stewart MacPherson.  See More.


Universal Basic Income: Why the Victorian Tories will never buy it


 "The creation of a new Victorian age in Britain, symbolised by the crudest expressions of nationalistic chauvinism, by widespread hardship and poverty, and by a shockingly wide gulf between the incomes of the richest and the poorest, seems precisely what the Tories intend..." writes Rob Dewar.  See More.


 Socialists and GMO's: a plea for fresh thinking

"Genetic modification is a fun topic – and a controversial one. Very rarely, do you find someone who is apathetic on the issue. Most people who have heard of GMOs will either despise the thought of them or be in full support. Personally, I've been both of those people..." writes Craig Duncan.  See More 


Everything you wanted to know about how to get rid of capitalism and replace it with something nicer, but were afraid to ask

"The purpose of this article is to set aside, for once, the manifold divisions of the left and instead to outline a broad appeal, a vision, a plan even, for achieving transformative social and economic change in the lifetimes of the human generations here and now and to come..."  writes Steve Arnott.   See More


The Art of the Russian Revolution - Agitprop

"...all embraced the workers' revolution of October as the liberator of art. And, of course, like with any struggle enormous debates took place about the nature of revolutionary art. What was the relation between art and life? Should artists set out to construct a workers' art or was there the need to create "human" art? What would be the relation between art and machine?" writes Fatima Uygun.  SEE MORE


Women and the Russian Revolution

 "For Russian women, the 1917 Revolution saw advancements which some women in parts of the early 21st Century world are still striving to achieve..."  says Suzanne Wright   See More



What's in your jeans, in your genes, and in your socially constructed memes

"So gender, what is it?

Usually I say it's the social correlate of sex but some argue that it doesn't exist at all, it's a totally false ideological construct, manufactured by sociologists. There is only sex they say and some don't even acknowledge that. When they do, they say sex is chromosomes. We might enquire, has anyone ever had an intimate physical relationship with a chromosome? And the answer would certainly be no..." argues Joanne Telfer    See More


Kissing the Machine: the robot dividend and the death of want

Adrian Cruden looks at AI, UBI, their revolutionary potential...and what happens if capitalist plutocracy is left running new technology and innovation for its own class benefit.  See More.



"We may regard the Highland Clearances as mere History now. Yet the fundamental issues of land ownership, where just a few individuals, many of them based abroad (and including foreign corporations also) are able to affect the lives of thousands of Scottish people living on the land, have barely been addressed..."  argues Rob Dewar.     See More


External links:

Bella Caledonia

Bright Green

George Monbiot

Green Left


The Jimmy Reid Foundation

Richard Dawkins

Scottish Left Review

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