Across the world capitalism has been squandering enormous wealth and resources to serve the greed of the speculating MEGA-rich.  War, poverty, starvation and the destruction of our planet’s resources are happening to line the pockets of bankers, bosses and politicians. Capitalism has been in crisis since 2008 due to the greedy gambles made by speculators. Capitalism’s solution to this is to place the consequences of their failing, wasteful system on the shoulders of young people and the workers of the world. For example, by slashing EMA, increasing tuition fees and cutting public services.


Across the globe, the youth along with workers are beginning to fight back against brutal regimes and austerity measures placed upon them by the system in crisis.

This can be seen by the mass movements and revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt where mass action of young people and workers united together was able to overthrow brutal capitalist regimes. Movements of young people and workers have spread across the Arab world to Libya, Syria and more recently a movement unifying Arab and Jewish workers in Israel.

The diktats of the EU, effectively shifting the cost of banker’s bailouts onto workers and young people has resulted in huge movements of millions in Greece with 48 hour general strikes and the ‘Movement of the Enraged’ and in Spain’s ‘Real Democracy Now’. Even the London riots demonstrate the deep seated anger amongst young people at the system.


Capitalism: a system where most of the wealth and our planet’s resources are owned by the mega-rich minority! A system in which 90% of the wealth is controlled by 1% of the population! A system which exploits workers, allows brutal regimes to kill innocent protestors to ensure profit! A system that gets away with destroying our planet, depleting resources unsustainably for the greed of a few, doesn’t work and needs to go!

Socialist Youth fight for a socialist society, where the working class have democratic control of our wealth, resources and technology so it can be used for the benefit of everyone on earth and not just to serve the tiny elite. Socialism has answers for how we prevent destruction of the environment, how we tackle discrimination (whether racist, sectarian, sexist or any other form), how we can end poverty, stop war and provide free access to healthcare and education for everyone.

Socialist Youth is an anti-sectarian, anti-capitalist youth organisation. It is run by young people to stand up and fight for the issues that affect young people. Young people who want to fight for socialism and stand up for their rights should join us today!

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