The persistence of reformism and outright conservatism among workers has long confounded members of the Socialist Party. The capitalist system’s drive to maximise profits should force workers to struggle against their employers, progressively broaden their struggle and eventually overthrow the system and replace it. We often assert that capitalism creates it own “gravediggers” – workers with no interest in the maintenance of private ownership of the means of production. The reality of politics appear to challenge this. The majority of the working class remain tied to reformist pro-capitalist political parties premised on the possibility of acquiring improvements in the condition of workers without the overthrow of capitalism. We have also seen a rise in reactionary ideas – racism, sexism, homophobia, nationalism, militarism. How do we explain the fact that most workers, most of the time, do not act on their potential power? Why do workers embrace reformist politics or worse, reactionary politics.
A better future will not come about automatically or simply because many people wish it. Socialism will only come about if we are able to draw enough people into the struggle to create it. But success is not guaranteed. Those who are serious about socialism must be serious about achieving it. The Socialist Party hopes that we can build up a human society. Our aim is to gain equality in society. The present political situation, including the existing relationship of class forces in society, is not likely to endure for long. Vast political changes are in store. The capitalist system has adversely affected the living standard of the working class around the world. The latest technology in commodity production and distribution has created financial and political crises. As capitalism's exploitation intensifies, and drives lower wages and weaken the unions, the conditions are ripening for a revival of the class war.