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Oh, FFS. It's been bothering me for ages but I just remembered what your usertitle is from. Haven't listened to that album in years.
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Gary Oswald
I saw remembered. The song came up on youtube because I'd been listening to a bunch of that sort of music and I was momentarily so angry that I'd forgotten it.
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AndrewH
It’s such a good album, still in semi-regular rotation for me. I was gutted when Berman passed last year
And people who seem to believe that "public ownership" necessarily means "ownership by THE WHOLE public" are especially deluded. The railways shouldn't be owned by "the public", the railways should be owned by the people who work on the railways. The post office shouldn't be owned by "the public", it should be owned by the people who work in the post office. Services should be owned by their providers, not the state.
Nationalisation is not public ownership, because the owner of whatever is being nationalised would not be "the public", the owner would be the state. It's akin to people who accuse self-employed tradesmen who own their own tools of being "kulaks" (unbelievable as it sounds) when surely they should be the platonic ideal of working people who own their own labour that the so-called "socialists" purport to champion?
Crimes would be reduced if the laws were abolished, because there can be no crimes if there are no laws to break. For as Pierre-Joseph Proudhon said, liberty is the mother and not the daughter of order.