e cannot abolish it except by making a revolution. People but the time comes when in order to exist, in order to avoid more suffering and complete ruin, people have to carry on their fight against the economic system which served to maintain inequality and to overthrow capitalism.
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When we speak of the Socialist Party as “revolutionary” we mean that its aim is revolutionary that we do not believe that the working people can never be delivered from poverty, unemployment, degradation, war, by any reform of the capitalist system under which we live. That system must be abolished, wage slavery must be done away with altogether. The workers must collectively own and control the machinery of production.
It is true that our fellow-workers desire unity. They, indeed, must achieve unity in order to win their freedom. But a socialist party cannot lapse into muddle-headedness merely for the sake of that unity. Rather must we fight with all the resources at our command for our conception of socialism.
Capitalism is wrong. Its basic idea is unsound. Its foundation is illogical. It his contradiction is the system in which the man who owns the tools of production does not work them; and — The man who works them does not own them. This is, the basic contradiction of capitalism. Only a rich man could set up a factory. Land owners, bankers, merchants had the capital. They became the capitalists. Each machine now turned out as much as several workmen formerly did with hand tools. The owner of the machine could pay the worker to run it and still keep a good margin pf profit. The profit bought more machines. More workers were employed. More profit. More machines. On one hand, a handful of men who owned the tools of production. On the other hand, the mass of workers who could only make a living by working for the capitalists. What happened now? The product no longer belonged to the producer – the worker at the machine. It belonged to the capitalist owner of the machine. He sold it for the best price the market would pay. And he gave the worker the smallest wage he would work for.
The less the wage for the worker, the bigger the profit for the capitalist. The bigger the wage for the worker, the less the profit for the capitalist. The capitalist was interested in longer hours, speed-up, and low wages? The worker was interested in shorter hours, easier work, and high wages. Capitalism created a class of owners pitted against a class of workers – at war with each other – engaged in a CLASS STRUGGLE with each other.
The fact that the millions of people depend upon industry for food, clothing, housing, furniture, transportation, communications and amusement is of interest to the capitalist only as the “market” in which he can realise a profit. He is the dictator over his plant. He can run it or shut it down to please himself. If there is profit in production he hires men, works overtime, night shifts. If profit falls off, he throws his workers into the street to shift for themselves. He operates without plan, without social purpose. His only god is the Almighty Dollar – his Holy Script is the magic word, “Dividends.”
The only ones truly capable of organising and operating industry for full and efficient production and for the needs of the people are the organised workers themselves.
Standing in the way of the needs of the peoples, blocking the road to plenty, are the plutocratic parasites who hypocritically prate, about “more and better things for the people,” but who actually provide less and less for the working people and more and more for the idle rich.