Why I joined the Socialist Party: Looking at history has shown me that everything is possible!
Jen Bottom, Reading Socialist Party
Before I started educating myself, I’m sorry to say that, in part, I fell for the media coverage of ‘scrounging benefit cheats’. Documentary footage of someone saying they couldn’t afford to buy food, before showing their large expensive-looking TV and other gadgets, did wind me up, as someone who has a disability and has had to rely on charity to fill in the gaps in state provision.
But even then, I was questioning the system, though I had not yet formulated my thoughts enough.
Looking at a few individual people is not the issue. We need to ask: why do we have a system that does not address the causes and only treats the symptoms?
Perhaps there will always be a few people who are able to play a system to get a bit of a leg up, but that’s nothing compared to what the entire system of capitalism is doing!
When I started realising this I first joined the Green Party. But I recently concluded their policies didn’t seem to go far enough.
Initially, I was scared to look at a more left-wing party because of the one-sided media coverage, and my capitalist education. But once I was brave enough to do some reading and investigating, I found the Socialist Party.
The Socialist Party’s non-sectarian approach and policies certainly seem like the best way forward to me. I decided to join, and since then I’ve done so much more than just pay my subs and read generic emails.
I’ve been encouraged to ask questions and talk about anything I’m uncomfortable with, which has helped me get a different perspective on many of the common reasons people give for being against socialism.
I have evaluated the arguments from both camps and found those of the capitalists wanting.
I’m also playing an active role within my local branch, and even felt confident enough to speak at some of the Socialism2020 discussions.
Looking at history has shown me that nothing is set in stone and everything is possible. I therefore encourage anyone interested in a fairer and more equal society to join the Socialist Party and start pushing for the change we want to see.