Friday, 1 May 2009


Most people are aware of the awful poverty that exists in parts of Asia and India but capitalism is a world system with world-wide social problems. "Volunteers from one of the world's most impoverished countries are to travel to Scotland to help people in communities blighted by drink and violence. The aid workers from Pakistan have been warned that they will see shocking poverty when they arrive next month in the east end of Glasgow to work in some of Britain's most run-down housing schemes.... In Pakistan, a third of the 170m population lives below the poverty line - defined as earning less than $2 (£1.36) a day. However, the average life expectancy for men is 62, compared with 54 in parts of Glasgow" (Sunday Times, 12 April). No doubt many of these doomed men will be singing on a Saturday night "Glasgow Belongs To Me". In reality though, Glasgow – like ever city on Earth – belongs to the capitalist.

From The Socialist Standard, Voice from the Back May 2009

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