Monday, February 10, 2020

The movement for a workers’ party

This system of capitalism is set up with one thing in mind – to make the most profits possible for the handful of people who own the big banks and corporations. It is the system under which we, and our parents and grandparents before us, have done all the work. We mined the mines, built the buildings, manufactured all the products: and then receive just enough to live on – if we struggle hard enough for it! On the other hand the small capitalist class builds up huge fortunes off of our labour and do no work themselves, except running all around the world spending the money that we made for them.

The Socialist Party stands for the complete overthrow of the capitalist system, and the establishment of a socialist system. Once it is no longer possible to make a profit from racism, sexism, from bad housing and from the general misery of people, these problems can be quickly solved.

There is only one revolutionary class, only one class capable of leading the struggle for a successful socialist revolution. That class is the working class.

The workers have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win!”- Marx and Engels.

In order to accomplish the socialist revolution, our class must have a political party. Such a party cannot be formed until men and women want it and join it. The road is long and tortuous, but the future is bright for the people of the world. There are several parties around that call themselves “communist” or “socialist”. These parties all have one thing in common – they all dress themselves up with high-sounding revolutionary Marxist phrases, but underneath they are defenders of capitalism.

 Marxism, “the science of the working class movement,” is of importance to all working people. Marxism cannot be regarded as a system of abstract theories unrelated to real life but as a developed science verified and enriched by the acid test of experience. The economic, philosophical and political theories on which Marxism based and the tactics which have been developed and tested in practice have as their ultimate aim, the realization of the abolition of all forms of exploitation of man, by man, of all forms of oppression and injustice, through the achievement, of a socialist society. 

Marxism holds that the leading force in transforming society from capitalism to socialism is that class which is itself a product of capitalism, the working class or, as Marx more precisely defined it, the proletariat, i.e., wage workers who earn their livelihood through the sale of their labour power and have no other means of existence. By working people is meant all who work for a livelihood and do not exploit the labour of others; a category which includes a large section of the farming population and of the “middle class”.

 Marxism, then, constitutes a “guide to action” for the working class to follow in the struggle to achieve political power and to build socialism. Marxism maintains that the interests of the working class (the proletariat) and the interests of the capitalist class (the bourgeoisie) are irreconcilable and that therefore, the interests of the working class can not be served through collaboration or alliance with the capitalists but in opposition to them. From these conflicting interests of the two basic classes, bourgeoisie and proletariat, capitalists and workers, arises an antagonism, a struggle, between the two classes: the class struggle. The class struggle is not an invention of the Marxists but something which has manifested its existence in all countries of the world without exception.

 What Marxism does do is recognise the class struggle as the motive force of history, as the means by which society moves forward and achieves higher forms of civilisation. Consequently, the strategy and tactics of Marxism are also the strategy and tactics of the class struggle of the working class. To give direction and guidance to this struggle, which is essentially a political struggle, the working class must of necessity develop its own Marxist political party, apart from and independent of all other political parties. Marxism is the doctrine of the class struggle.

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