Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Where We Stand

The campaign of the Socialist Party is and will be wholly educational. To arouse the consciousness of the workers to their economic interests as a class, to develop their capacity for clear thinking, to achieve their solidarity industrially and politically is to invest the working class with the inherent power it possesses to abolish the wage system and free itself from every form of servitude, and this is the mighty mission of the socialist movement. We shall not compromise, nor shall we be deflected in the least by any consideration from the straight road to the cooperative commonwealth.

The Socialist Party is the only party that does not want a vote that is not intelligently cast. The popularity of a candidate is against him rather than for him in the Socialist Party. No vote is wanted on account of the personality of a candidate. It is the value of the socialist principle that is taught and emphasised, and if this is not understood and approved the vote is not wanted. Mere disgust with other parties is not accepted by socialists as sufficient reason to encourage the voting for the Socialist Party. Such votes are unreliable, deceptive and misleading. The men who cast them are apt to desert at the very time they are most needed. Any vote that is subject to the influence of personal considerations is so vacillating that it is of no use in the constructive work of a revolutionary political movement. Better a few united on the solid basis of principle, than ten times that number thrown together on the shifting sands of personality. In conventional political party circles, principle is subordinated to personality. “Who are the candidates?” is the all-absorbing question. The people, like helpless children, are forever looking for some “great man” to watch over and protect them.  In the Socialist Party principles are paramount; the candidates are the last and least consideration. The supreme question is, “What are the principles?”

 The Socialist Party is not on the look-out for some charismatic leader to follow to the fabled promised land, nor does it expect any so-called “great man” to sacrifice himself upon the altar of the country for their salvation. They have made up their minds to be their own leaders and to save themselves. They know that persons have deceived them and will again, so they put their trust in principles, knowing that these will not betray them.

The Socialist Party addresses itself to the working class, seeking to develop the knowledge of that class, while it appeals to the ballot for the realisation of its cooperative commonwealth.

The Socialist Party is the only party that is unequivocally committed to our fellow-workers economic interests, to the abolition of the wage-system and the freedom of the worker from exploitation and every other species of servitude.

The Socialist Party does not expect the support of the capitalist class, for it is opposed to their economic interests, and it would be foolish to expect them to abolish themselves.

One class now owns the tools while another class uses them. One class is small and rich and the other large and poor. One wants more profit and the other more wages. One consists of capitalists and the other of workers. These two classes are at war. Every day of truce is at the expense of labour. There can be no peace and good will between these two essentially antagonistic economic classes. This class conflict cannot be covered up or smoothed over. The workers are not all blind to the causes underlying this great struggle. They are beginning to see and to think, and many will begin to act.  The class struggle accounts for it all and the class-conscious worker takes his or her place on the right side of this struggle and works with all their might to bring brothers and sisters to the same side.

 The Socialist Party is the party of the workers, who are on the right side of this worldwide struggle.

The Socialist Party is the party of the present and of the immediate future. It believes that the competitive system has outlived its usefulness, that it has become an obstruction in the path of progress, that, like feudalism, from which it sprang, it must pass away to make room for its cooperative successor.  

The Socialist Party stands for the abolition of the wage system, for the economic freedom as well as the political power of the working class, knowing that without the latter the former is impossible.  
The Socialist Party stands for the common ownership of the means of wealth production and distribution and the operation of industry in the interest of all.

The Socialist Party stands for society of the people, by the people and for the people, that wealth may be produced for the use of all instead of for the profit of a few

 The Socialist Party stands for social harmony, in which every human being, in the full enjoyment of economic freedom, shall have full opportunity, in the best possible environment, to develop the best there is in him or her for their own good as well as the good of society at large.

The Socialist Party stands for a sustainable relationship with nature.

Upon this stand the Socialist Party makes its appeal to working people.

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