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Friday, 2 June 2017

Jeremy Corbyn on Clause Four and State Ownership

In 2015 Corbyn was explicit about brining back Clause Four. That is, the “state ownership of the means of production” (not Corbyn's own words). He said:

I think we should talk about what the objectives of the party are, whether that's restoring the Clause Four as it was originally written or it's a different one, but I think we shouldn't shy away from public participation, public investment in industry, I would want us to have a set of objectives which does include public ownership of some necessary things such as rail.”

Notice how Corbyn cleverly uses the word “public” when he really means “state”. Actually, he means a “socialist state” run by none other than Corbyn himself. After all, how, exactly, is there “public investment in industry”? It's true that the public pays the taxes and then the government invests those taxes. But the words “public investment in industry” sound so much better, don't they? It's a cross between “workers' control” and Corbyn's “public participation”. It's neither of these things. What would Corbyn's public participation amount to? Paying taxes and nothing more? “Having a say” exclusively through a socialist MP and then through a socialist Prime Minister? Is that all public participation amounts to?

Corbyn rounds of his state-control fest by saying that he's talking about the “public ownership of some necessary things such as rail”. Now what, exactly, are “necessary things”? He includes rail; though what about water, electricity, housing, etc.? They're equally necessary things. No less necessary than rail. In addition, a list of what's deemed necessary before an election would expand after Corbyn's election. A small list of necessary things will soon become a large list of state-owned things. So what about “the media”, so hated by Corbyn and all socialists? Will he take control of some or even all of the media? What about taking private schools into state ownership? What about state ownership of the human mind itself?

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