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(Original post by davidmarsh01)
Hmm, I'm quite Socialist, but I think a balance between Socialism and Capitalism has to be drawn. When you say tax rates above 50%, how much above 50%? What sort of tax rates above the 50% at £100k would you be looking at?
do you mean "quite" or "not"? I always get confused by people who talk about balancing or sanitising a system of imbalance and insanity...

well, you could have something like 62.5% for incomes over £500k and 75% for incomes over £1m, something like that is what I had in mind anyway.
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What's the Socialists position on nuclear disarmament?
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(Original post by davidmarsh01)
What's the Socialists position on nuclear disarmament?
It's a pretty controversial topic, so we don't have an official party line regarding it as of yet.
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(Original post by meenu89)
What would be your tax rate for someone who earns £150,000 a year?
Just noticing this; I'm sorry it went ignored even though you took the trouble to quote.

We don't have an actual fixed figure that we as a party officially propose, but as SciFiRory says above, most of us would probably be looking at something around or above 50%.

(Original post by stanlas)
Are the socialists planning any form of stimulus spending on infrastructure?
We haven't got anything planned on this so far. Do you mean this in relation to the Abandoned Housing Bill? :holmes:
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I've posted in this thread a few times and at the risk of sounding silly, I ask is the Socialist Party actually in favour of abolishing capitalism?
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(Original post by davidmarsh01)
What's the Socialists position on nuclear disarmament?
there's no party line on it, personally I think we should disarm immediately, frankly we have no right to criticise others for having or wanting WMD's if we have them ourselves, plus I would never support our using these weapons either so as such it would be rather absurd to support having them! nuclear free world is the dream
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(Original post by Abiraleft)

We haven't got anything planned on this so far. Do you mean this in relation to the Abandoned Housing Bill? :holmes:
I just meant if you had any plans for stimulus spending in general, not neccesarily on housing. For example I'm planning an £80 billion infrastructure spending plan over the next 5 years to deal with our current RL situation of negative growth, high unemployment, moderate inflation and record low government borrowing costs.
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(Original post by Abiraleft)
Just noticing this; I'm sorry it went ignored even though you took the trouble to quote.

We don't have an actual fixed figure that we as a party officially propose, but as SciFiRory says above, most of us would probably be looking at something around or above 50%.
That's ok, I've read the answer from SciFiRory.
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(Original post by IFondledAGibbon)
I've posted in this thread a few times and at the risk of sounding silly, I ask is the Socialist Party actually in favour of abolishing capitalism?
I doubt even the TSR socialists are that mental.

Although I hear they are developing a mind control gun with the aim to completely remove any thoughts of voluntary exchange without a government mediator from the human psyche. This is likely mad speculation and rumours though...
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(Original post by Keckers)
Although I hear they are developing a mind control gun with the aim to completely remove any thoughts of voluntary exchange without a government mediator from the human psyche. This is likely mad speculation and rumours though...
Goodness knows where you read such a rumour :mmm: :fuhrer:
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I doubt even the TSR socialists are that mental.
Then why call it the socialist party?
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(Original post by SciFiRory)
there's no party line on it, personally I think we should disarm immediately, frankly we have no right to criticise others for having or wanting WMD's if we have them ourselves, plus I would never support our using these weapons either so as such it would be rather absurd to support having them! nuclear free world is the dream
I think nuclear bombs can be a perverse preservation of peace. Historically governments could fight other major powers by sending out poor cannon fodder (world war one for example), leaving the elites, their families and their wealth safe. Nuclear weaponry has changed that - for the first time elites themselves are placed directly on the firing line. I think it makes major world war more unlikely.
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(Original post by IFondledAGibbon)
I've posted in this thread a few times and at the risk of sounding silly, I ask is the Socialist Party actually in favour of abolishing capitalism?
Yes, socialism is a movement defined by its opposition to capitalism. The only matter of contention is the form this opposition should take; social democrats palliatively try to alter capitalism to suit the needs of workers, and even ironically end up "rescuing" it (which is why harder-line socialists see SDs as a development internal to capitalism). Most socialists would like to see an end to capitalism, even if markets continued to exist.


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Yes, socialism is a movement defined by its opposition to capitalism. The only matter of contention is the form this opposition should take; social democrats palliatively try to alter capitalism to suit the needs of workers, and even ironically end up "rescuing" it (which is why harder-line socialists see SDs as a development internal to capitalism). Most socialists would like to see an end to capitalism, even if markets continued to exist.
I suppose I would fall into the latter camp. Worker cooperatives, public banks, participatory democracy etc.
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What makes you different from the labour party's policies?

what economic policies does you party believe in?

what is the socialist view on the rise of globalisation?

what's a good book for understanding socialism?

P.S. sorry for all the questions, just trying to improve my political knowledge
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(Original post by IFondledAGibbon)
I suppose I would fall into the latter camp. Worker cooperatives, public banks, participatory democracy etc.
You up for joining?
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You up for joining?
Well why the **** not?
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I note that you failed to output a bill or motion this month and are currently last over the course of the term, do you have a number of bills in the works, is this evidence that your party structure (no leader) is flawed and will you be accepting Jpkc back into the party after the election.
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(Original post by Rakas21)
I note that you failed to output a bill or motion this month and are currently last over the course of the term, do you have a number of bills in the works, is this evidence that your party structure (no leader) is flawed and will you be accepting Jpkc back into the party after the election.
We've got a few under work - the issue at the moment is just doing costings for them.
I wouldn't say our lack of activity and leadership structure are linked - so no.
I don't think a decision has been made on that yet, it's up to him if he wants to come back.
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What makes you different from the labour party's policies?

what economic policies does you party believe in?

what is the socialist view on the rise of globalisation?

what's a good book for understanding socialism?


P.S. sorry for all the questions, just trying to improve my political knowledge
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