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GUEST,Fred McCormick BS: BBC bias (130* d) RE: BS: BBC bias 21 Sep 15

To everyone who responded to my posting about full employment, good quality housing etc.

I didn't say that conservatives don't believe in these things. Over the years I have met many compassionate conservative voters who are just as concerned about the state of the world as I am.

The trouble is that they have hitched their wagon to the wrong star. Capitalism is founded on the principles of inequality and dog eat dog. It's called the free market and until it is done away the world will remain full of suffering.

For anyone who hasn't yet apprehended that fact, I wouldn't try wading through Karl Marx's Capital, easily the most impenetrable book I have ever read. Instead, read John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, especially the chapter which begins "The spring is beautiful in California". Although set in the 1930s' of the American depression, its critique of capitalism as a socio/economic system is universal.

It's not that the world is full of greedy people, or that there's something unalterable about the laws of human behaviour which makes for social inequality, and which makes some people better off than others.

It is that the system itself is wrong. It is founded on profit and greed where it should be about satisfying human need.

Do I think that Jeremy Corbyn is the man to cure all the problems of capitalism? He probably isn't, but he could well be the person to give us a good hard nudge in the right direction.

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