It is the aim of the Socialist Party to create a society in which wars will be but bad memories, a society in which poverty will have disappeared, where economic freedom will allow people to live in secure comfort in harmony with their surroundings. Today ownership and control of industry rest in the hands of a small capitalist class who contribute nothing to production - a parasitic class, which contributes nothing to human welfare, yet nevertheless exists in luxury based on the exploitation of another class The rest of us (the working class) own nothing but our ability to work, whether it be physical or mental, or both. We, the useful producers, who constitute the vast majority, produce everything. But we are permitted to work only so long as a market exists for the goods we produce. When there is no profitable market for our products, production goes into recession and closes down. Despite producing everything worth while, we exist in permanent fear of degrading misery.
Socialism, as advocated by the Socialist Party embody the hopes and dreams of the ages, a society of peace and abundance. In a Socialist society there will be no private ownership of the land and the industries. When we say this, we are not talking about; your house, or your car, or any of your personal possessions. What we are talking about are the means of production and distribution, the factories, the mines, the transport systems. We say that these must belong to society as a whole. In our Socialist society, there will be no wage system where the workers receive in wages only a fraction of the value of the goods they produce. Instead, We shall produce for use, rather than for sale with a view to profit for private capitalists. We shall produce the things we want and need rather than the things for which a market exists in which the goods we produce are sold for the profit of the private owners. in our socialist society we shall have a complete democracy - an industrial democracy. We repeat, there will be a complete and full democracy. Democracy that will truly be based on the broadest lines. Democracy in which the final and only power will be the people, the useful producers, which in socialist society will mean everybody. No more will society be split into two contending classes. Instead, we shall all be useful producers, collectively owning the means of production and distribution, collectively concerned with producing the most with the least expenditure of human labour, and collectively jealous of the rights of the individual to a full, free and untrammelled life of happiness.
We of the Socialist Party believe that all this can be attained peacefully. In Socialist society we shall collectively own the factories and means of production, we shall have full and free access to the means of wealth production and distribution. There will be no unwanted surplus. We shall collectively produce the things we want and need for full and happy lives. It will be to the benefit of all to find new inventions, new means of production, improved means of distribution. Society as a whole will have a vital interest in providing opportunity to each individual to find the work for which he is best suited and in which he will be happiest. There will be the fullest opportunity for all. Peace is possible. But it requires that all the people who perform the useful functions of society and who have NO property interests to blind their judgement to unite politically to outlaw private ownership at the ballot box. Peace is possible -- but not until production for sale and the profit system is supplanted by production for use.
How can we get such a society? The answer is easy. It is within the power of the working class to establish such a society as soon as they recognise the need for it and organise to establish it. the Socialist Party offers the sign-posts that points the way. Our obligation is to reorganise our society in such a way as to eliminate war-breeding competition and replace it with peaceful cooperation and brotherhood. The workers have more than the necessary numbers to vote capitalism out and socialism in, as proposed by the Socialist Party. This means we must each of us begin now to educate ourselves so that we may understand and educate others. We seek real socialism, not the phony socialism of government ownership, not the State despotism of former Soviet Union, but a genuine socialist society, resting on the basis of economic freedom. This new social system the workers alone can bring into being, thus forever putting an end to wars, and establishing the society of human brotherhood based on freedom, peace and abundance.