Friday, August 09, 2019

Humanity needs a socialist world

When business-people speaks of the “public interest” they are speaking of their OWN interest. There is no such thing as a “public” interest. How can corporation executives and working men and women possibly have the same interest? The capitalists cannot operate manufacturing and production in the interest of society as a whole. It pits the common good against the accumulation of profits out of private ownership of industry. The bloodsuckers who call themselves “captains of industry” sole purpose is to achieve returns to their share-holders. It is THEIR system, which breeds insecurity and want on one side, and incredible wealth on the other.

Working people, however, are fully capable of operating industry and operating it in the interest of society! This is no extravagant claim. Labour has the know-how. And its interests are one with society as a whole. The working class can take power and establish its own rule; the working class can organise and run the world in the interests of all the people. Workers can and will open the door to the new socialist society of peace, plenty, freedom and security. Socialism is a system which is based upon plenty for all. Its aim is to raise the standard of living of all humankind far higher than that reached in the most advanced capitalist country. It means, therefore, the utilisation of the most modern and advanced means and methods of production. It means the most scientific utilisation of all the natural resources of the entire world. It means the closest cooperation of the peoples of the entire world. Socialism cannot be based on scarcity and want, for these breed inequality, rivalry, class divisions. Socialism seeks to eliminate these forever from the face of the earth. We defy the scoffers and skeptics, the defenders of capitalism, who say that the working class is incapable of reorganising society on a socialist basis. Socialism implies not the change of one system of exploitation for another, but the elimination of all exploitation and class rule.

The Socialist Party have long ago demonstrated the fact that there can be plenty for all, including not merely an adequate standard of living but the luxuries and beauties of life for all. However, the question we are always asked is HOW? How do we get this? The Socialist Party says that the evils of the private property system cannot be overcome WITHOUT ENDING THE SYSTEM OF PRIVATE PROPERTY. Liberal and progressive reformers like to believe that the evils of capitalism can somehow be wished away without upsetting the capitalists. The earth is divided then it must be redivided say the nationalists. Capitalism must expand – or die. Depression – unemployment – hunger – barbarism – war – mass slaughter – devastation. That is the “normal” life of capitalism today. That is capitalism gone mad. Capitalism is the REAL enemy of civilisation.

As automation and robotics are installed in the assembly lines, what is more logical than to shorten the work-week? It is easy to understand why capitalists and their backers are against shorter hours. The more hours workers put in and the more productive they are for the same pay, the more profits are created for the capitalists with plenty to spare for their fellow investors. To those who think in terms of human needs and human rights, the solution to wage-slavery is ready at hand - new technology. To obtain the good things of life from the profit-grubbing obstructionism of the capitalist class working people must oust the capitalists from power and privilege and therein lies peace, employment and plenty for all. The peoples of the world are today building bombs for destruction instead of the good things of and for life. It is the outcome of capitalism standing in the way of the peoples progress. For the peoples of the world to arrive at the longed-for destiny of humanity to produce the things of life, in peace and plenty, they must rid themselves of the motives of capitalist profits.

Capitalism is their enemy. The Socialist Party is socialist not because it seeks merely an improvement of the conditions of the workers under capitalism, but the abolition of this system of scarcity and insecurity and its replacement by a social order of security and plenty for all. The Socialist Party fights for socialism in order to end the exploitation of man by man for all time; to eliminate wars and unemployment and hunger. What the Socialist Party wants is what people all over the world want. These are:
Peace, instead of bloodshed and violence and destruction.

Security instead of the insecurity of not knowing today whether or not we will have a job and an income tomorrow.
We want to be able to raise our children in decent homes and have them educated in good schools.
We want comfort and prosperity, instead of low living standards, poverty, and hunger.
We want democracy and freedom, instead of regimentation, bureaucracy, racial and religious and national conflict.
These are the things which we seek for our families, friends and neighbours, for our children and grandchildren.

We live in a modern civilisation. We have huge industries. We have undreamed-of natural resources. We have millions of trained and skilled workers. We can produce in one day. what it took our ancestors years to produce. Yet we do not have peace. We do not have prosperity. It is the social system that stands in the way, the system of capitalism. A handful of capitalists control all the wealth and power . They own our jobs and whoever owns our means of living, controls our lives, the lives of you and me and the billions of others. Capitalism works very well indeed when it wages war, killing and maiming, . Capitalism is at its best when it is doing its worst. But it is no good for peace, security and prosperity of the people. Is that what YOU want, a new barbarism where surviving humanity wait for the doom of civilisation and their return to living in caves?

We of the Socialist Party believe there is an alternative. The alternative to capitalism is socialism. We want to take over the industries built by us so that we can have security, peace and freedom. We want to own in common the wealth produced by all of us to produce for peace, not for war. To produce for use, for the needs and comforts of the people, and not for the profits of the corporations. Without capitalism and capitalist profit, we can put an end to want and starvation. We can provide plenty for all, homes fit to live in, comforts and prosperity, self-respect and human dignity. Those are the things we in the Socialist Party all seek. They are the things the Socialist Party stands for.

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