The capitalist system cannot guarantee the welfare of the people. The polarisation of society is greatly intensifying, with the rich getting richer and the mass of the people getting poorer. The average worker is unable to see any alternative to the profit system. Under capitalism, the worker receives wages which simply go to refurbish him or her for another work-week. In socialism, there will be no wages at all. With socialism, all this is changed. Goods are produced for the use of men and NOT for the profits which they bring in to bosses. Labour power is no longer regarded as a commodity to be bought and sold. It is not purchased at all, let alone purchased at the lowest possible price to keep it alive and able to produce more value. Men, under socialism, will work and produce useful goods. But they will produce these for their mutual needs and for their mutual development. The sufficiency of goods which men and machines can create will be given to men to develop their bodies so that their minds can grow rich in the wealth of human knowledge, and artistic creation. From day to day, from week to week, and from year to year, the spiral of possible individual activity will widen rather than taper, as human productive and intellectual achievements increase. Men and women, no longer fettered by the necessity of working not only for their own material maintenance, but for the bosses’ even more material profits, will be freed to live more fully. The time that each must work will be small, yet the goods produced for all to enjoy will be plentiful. Once the workers have organised to take over political power in this country and introduce a socialist system of production, then more production will mean more for everybody. The more we produce, the more we would eat. Socialism will wipe out the distinction between the owners of the machine and the users of the machine. The working class will become the owners AND operators. The separation between the worker and the means of production introduced by capitalism will be ended by socialism. Until such a socialist system prevails, wage labour will remain a commodity to be bought on the market by capital.
That is why, instead of the conservative motto, “A fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work,” workers must inscribe on their banner the REVOLUTIONARY watchword: “Abolition of the wage system!”
Socialism gives the working class a future, a means to rescue society from the chronic crises, to avert the danger of war and environmental destruction and to achieve the emancipation of all who are oppressed and exploited. The capitalists are a superfluous class who do not contribute anything to progressive mankind. They have only narrow self interest: to preserve its profits and their decaying system. They have nothing to offer working people except more exploitation, increased oppression, and greater threats to their lives and liberties. None of the other political parties has any solution to this impasse which society has now reached. Whether it be Labour, Conservative, LibDems or nationalist, every “solution” they advance actually becomes a factor in further aggravating the problems and crises of the capitalist system. They create fraudulent illusions that the crisis of capitalism can be eliminated within the framework of capitalism, that the capitalist system can overcome its ills and can be reformed. Their policies are designed to maintain the credibility of the capitalist system in the eyes of the people, to divert the people from the revolutionary path, the revolutionary struggle to transform the present order from capitalism to socialism, the only way that the crisis and the ills of capitalism can be eliminated. the fate of the people and the fate of mankind cannot be left to the capitalist oligarchs. They have no solutions to the grave problems facing the people and there is nothing progressive or humanitarian about them.
The ruling class present themselves as the saviours of the planet who have the best interests of the people at heart but nothing could be further from the truth. It is they who stand in the way of and are a fetter on the progress of the society and who are bringing disaster to the people. It is they who are fighting to preserve their obsolete order. It is they who are prepared to plunge the world into devastating climate change. It is they who send their military and weaponry all over the globe for the slaughter of our fellow-workers. It is they who are the enemies of the people. It is they who have committed and continue to commit every kind of crime to secure their maximum profits and to preserve their system of capitalist robbery.
Marx wrote: “And here it becomes evident, that the bourgeoisie is unfit any longer to be the ruling class in society, and to impose its conditions of existence upon society as an over-riding law. It is unfit to rule because it is incompetent to assure an existence to its slave within his slavery... Society can no longer live under this bourgeoisie, in other words, its existence is no longer compatible with society.”
The Socialist Party provides the solution to the present situation in which society finds itself. The task before the Socialist Party, is to arouse, mobilise and organise the working class to play its role in the revolutionary process, to stand and fight with dignity, pride and determination as a class, to rescue society from the inequities of capitalism, emancipate all the people, and end the exploitation of man by man. The working class must wage its day-to-day struggles; if it does not, the workers will be, in the words of Marx, “degraded to one level of broken wretches, past salvation”. But these everyday struggles must not be exaggerated; they must be waged with an objective, with the aim of the movement in mind, with the perspective and task of preparing for the workers' revolution. As Marx elaborated in the Communist Manifesto and other works: the fight for the attainment of the immediate and democratic aims are subordinated to and coordinated with the ultimate aim of the movement, the socialist revolution. The socialist system is not a utopia or dream, as the media tries to suggest. The revolution is the necessity of our time to end the capitalist system of exploitation