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Our Immediate Demands

“Our demands most moderate are – We only want the earth!”― James Connolly In the last few months, vast sections of the working class have struggled against and struck blows against the capitalist class. The history of the working class has been a history of unremitting struggle against exploitation and oppression by the capitalist class. The working class come into existence by the forcible driving of the peasants from the land. The landless peasants were then forced to work at starvation wages in the factories. The ruling class, while in the main using lies and deception to exploit and oppress the workers of our countries as well as working people all over the world, has never shrunk from brutalising workers. But where there is oppression there is always resistance and the working class has never been cowed. The spirit of the workers has always been never to capitulate. The working class has time and time again supported the struggles of its class brothers and sisters around…

The Socialist Party Condemns Capitalism

“The monopoly of land drives the worker from the farm into the factory, and the monopoly of machinery drives him from the factory into the street, and thus crucified between the two thieves of land and capital, the Christ of Labour hangs in silent agony.” Ernest Jones (Chartist)
Socialism has come to be applied to any activity of the state or municipality in an economic direction, irrespective of what the nature of the activity or the state concerned is. Hence any industrial or commercial enterprise undertaken by a governmental body is labelled Socialism nowadays. It does not mean socialism. The State is an agent of the possessing class and industrial or commercial undertakings run by governmental bodies are run in the interests of the ruling class. Their aim in all cases is to show a profit, in the same way as any other ordinary capitalist enterprises. This profit accrues to the possessing class in the form of relief from taxation, interest on loans, etc. In other words, these industr…

8 YEARS OF CND

Always, there are groups in protest against some aspect or other of this social system. CND’ers come into this category. They leave intact the very thing which spawned nuclear weapons  –the private property basis of Capitalism –so their cause is hopeless. Supposing the Bomb could be banned. If two Nations, possessing the necessary technical knowledge, should quarrel seriously enough over the things wars are really fought for – markets, sources of raw materials, strategic Bases, etc. –and even supposing they commenced fighting with ‘conventional,’ ‘moral’ weapons, would not the losing side set its scientists to producing nuclear weapons in order to stave off defeat? If history is anything to go by, the side which was winning would use the Bomb and justify this by claiming it had brought hostilities to a speedier conclusion. It would require several volumes to deal with every ‘solution’ which CND’ers have dreamt-up over the years. From World Government or alignment with the ‘uncommitted…

The heart-break of capitalism, the joy of socialism

The Socialist Party believes that only when the whole of the working class rid ourselves of the employing class, their parties and their system, can the people stand up’ and build socialism to begin to control their lives. Socialism is not the conquest of the state by a political party: it is the conquest of society by working people through industrial and political action. Socialism is not State Capitalism, which is simply a means of protecting and promoting capitalist interests and more easily oppressing the workers. Socialism is not government ownership or control of industry. Socialism is the transformation of the State, not the enlarging of its functions. Socialism is not some Utopian scheme.
Capitalism has created the economic conditions for socialism. Today there is social production but no social ownership. Socialism will bring common ownership of social production. It is the next step in the further development of mankind. Socialism will be won through the revolutionary overt…

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Capitalism is a system of exploitation

To make revolution and put an end to capitalism, the working class must have a clear strategic plan. They must determine what the nature of the struggle is, who are the enemies and who are friends that can be rallied to the cause. The Socialist Party’s concept of socialism, is not that it is an arbitrary constructed preconceived plan, but rather another stage of social evolution. Those who will design and build the socialist society of the future will be the socialist generations themselves. The people in the future society will be wiser than we are. The Socialist Party can only point out the general direction we should take, and any more we should not try. The vision of a new world and what the future socialist society will look like is a fascinating topic for speculation and laying out some of the broad outlines of probable future development is possible but not the fine details. Socialism will undoubtedly bring a transformation in human relationships. Socialism is based on one grea…

The Socialist Dawn

Humanity is experiencing times of instability and insecurity. It is neither a precedent, nor an exception. Tremendous changes are taking place among workers. The capitalist class has taken increasing steps to try to ensure that workers remain reliable and loyal wage slaves. Many liberals have chosen to call themselves “democratic socialists” yet few of them understand the historical background of the term. There exists a fallacy in identifying radicalisation with class warfare. The two are not the same, and not always part of the same process. Mass radicalisation is a condition of changing attitudes, shifting beliefs, rejecting previously accepted values. It is the subjective responses to social crises. The class struggle and class warfare continue under all circumstances in capitalist society. We are failing to understand that our society requires transformation.
The aim of the Socialist Party is to build towards a socially just, sustainable future. Radical-sounding environmentalists …

The Choice Before Us: The Status Quo or Social Change

In response to the convulsions of capitalist society, the labour movement is trying to shed its acquiescent past and to rearm itself politically.The Socialist Party has a basic starting point to all of its ideas – that the working class is a revolutionary class and as such is capable of overthrowing the capitalist system and establishing socialism. We hold an unshakable confidence in the working class as a revolutionary force. It is something we have to defend every day against those who tell us that the working class are so imbued with the ideas of capitalism. There is a crying need to assert the relevance of class. The Socialist Party explains that our confidence is not a form of workerist romanticism but that we see the working class as an exploited class, driven by the realities of class society into conflict with their exploiters. This does not mean that workers are currently seeking revolution – it means that the working class are objectively potentially revolutionary. The diffe…

We’re going after the system!

The world and humanity are heading for unprecedented dangers and conflicts, up to and including the end of a habitable planet, if we are to trust some climate change experts.They say this is the apocalyptic reality facing future generation. Current policies may well make our earth unliveable. Why do we not respond to the crisis? Only immediate action can save the future. If the future is to be saved the world requires a different economic system. Capitalism uses every trick, fair or unfair, to turn natural resources into money. By law, the directors of corporations are obliged to put the profits of stockholders above every other consideration. No room whatever is left for an ecological or social conscience. They act in such a way as to make themselves richer, and to increase their control of the political system to ensure they can accomplish this.
The media is dominated by trivia, entertainment, sports, the weather, celebrity gossip and so on. Worries about the future, the danger of ne…

Socialism – Saving the Future

The principles of the Socialist Party are clear and definite. We assert that the wealth of society is created by the workers. We claim that society, through their industrial and community councils, must own and control all the processes of wealth production. We engage in this struggle on to the political field in order to challenge the power which the present ruling class wields through its domination of the State which it wins at the ballot box. By its victory at the ballot box, and its consequent political domination, the capitalists are able to subjugate the workers as wage-slaves by using the ministers of State to impose their domination over our fellow-workers. These unsympathetic bureaucrats are appointed by our masters and being appointed by the ruling class, who control the State, the bureaucrats can only maintain their jobs by serving those who control them. Make no mistake about it, government are out to cut our standard of living. To be sure, they claim this is necessary so…

An old world to overthrow. A new world to build

Why must the working class play the prominent role in the socialist revolution? First of all, working people are highly socialised by working side by side at their jobs. By making the products the capitalists sell for profit, workers learn through their own experience the need for organisation and cooperation. Clearly, the products could never be made if the workers themselves were disorganised and refused to cooperate with one another. In capitalist society these qualities of organisation, and cooperation are used to benefit not the workers, but the capitalists. The capitalists use these qualities of the workers to make their profits and, in the process, keep workers in a state of near or actual poverty. Since workers are the people who are directly exploited by the capitalists, they have the most potential for seeing through the capitalist system. Thus, of all classes in society, the working class also has the most potential for learning the need to overthrow capitalism and to repla…

Social Democracy

Socialist ideas are assailed on all sides by our class foes, the story of the alternative, socialism, is not told so it necessary to keep explaining it. Capitalism is the mortal enemy of the people
Capitalism is a system of commodity production (that is, the production of goods for sale and not for direct use by the producer) which is distinguished by the fact that labour power itself becomes a commodity. The major means of production and exchange which make up the capital of society are owned privately by a small minority, the capitalist class, while the great majority of the population consists of the working class. Because of their economic position this majority can only exist by selling their labour power to the capitalists and thus creating through their work the incomes of the upper classes. Thus, fundamentally, capitalism is a system of exploitation of the working class by the capitalist class. Under capitalism social production replaces the individual production of the feudal …

Everything must change

How can we try to avoid potential catastrophic consequences of capitalism? Are we afraid to scare people away if we tell them how it is? Isn’t this one reason why there is no action, because people are told there is a solution to their predicament? Shouldn’t people be told that if things are left unchanged, civilisation is very likely to be doomed? Isn’t it their right to know that capitalism has gone too far so humanity as we know it may not make it into the next century? Capitalist interlocking, self-serving interests have managed to institute a globalised system of war, poverty and food insecurity which has effectively turned the world into a free-for-all. People are told to pretend it will be all okay lest all hope for the future disappears. The full shock of the issues which face mankind leave us feelings of desolation, despondency and despair. But the Socialist Party holds that people’s ideas and attitudes can change. Hopelessness is not inevitable. We are also free of Utopian f…