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Issue 183 November 2014

Socialism Today 183 - November 2014

A ‘third industrial revolution’

New technological innovations are having a huge impact on the capitalist system, a subject explored in a new book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society. In this review, PETER TAAFFE outlines how they also raise the possibility of socialist transformation.

Ebola inaction: symptom of a diseased system

In November 2013 there were no reports of the Ebola disease anywhere in the world. On 6 December a two-year-old boy died in Meliandou, Guinea. Eleven months later, 9,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been infected, with the numbers doubling every four weeks. About 70% of patients have died. JON DALE reports on the disastrous inaction by rich-world governments.

Environmental disaster and the need to change everything

Naomi Klein’s latest book is a search for radical responses to the existential threat from climate change. In it, she identifies capitalism as the cause of the crisis. While not clearly advocating socialist change, it is an important and influential contribution to the debate. BILL HOPWOOD reviews.

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The prospects for pre-election strike action

SNP budget cuts

Rebel mayors

Hong Kong
Whose protests?

Northern Ireland
Tensions are rising again, 20 years after the ceasefires, reports Ciaran Mulholland

Soldier strikes 1919
Clive Heemskerk on a first world war challenge to ruling-class power

Racism and football
The Three Degrees

Red Ellen
Ellen Wilkinson's life

Cover photo: Nuclear fusion lab in San Francisco - Philip Saltonstall