From the June 1977 issue of the Socialist Standard
Swan song of Jack Jones, a union leader: "Let's all work like beavers!"
As a prominent Tory once said: "You make your leaders and we'll buy 'em."
R. B. Gill
I think it was Pliny who said if a religion had not existed statesmen ought to have invented one for it was the only thing that kept a people quiet in their misery.Ernest Jones (Chartist), 1854
“We are now doing much in the education field for the training of young people for industry . . ."
"Pensions. End the scandal of poverty, neglect and deprivation for the elderly. They fought for and built London for us”.
Large-scale industry, which has taught us to convert the movement of molecules, which is more or less universally realisable, into the movement of masses for technical purposes, has thereby to a considerable extent freed production from the restrictions of place . . . It is the capitalist mode of production which concentrates it mainly in the towns and changes factory villages into factory towns.
“So here I am writing with hope—what is the reply of my comrades in United Kingdom on your bomb test against which everyone here claims there is nothing but evil or aggressive intention.”
Will praying stop war?
Will wishing stop war?
Will deputations to ministers stop war?
What then will?
"It always happens thus: the assimilation of great and new ideas is always a slow and gradual process; there is no haste either here or in any other department of Nature. "Die zeit ist unendlich lang.” * Steadily the forces work, sometimes seeming to accomplish nothing: sometimes even the motion appears retrograde, but in the long run the destined end is reached, and the course, whether of a planet or of men’s thoughts about the universe, is permanently altered."(Pioneers of Science, Oliver Lodge: Macmillan, 1928).* “Time is endless."