There is no peace for the peoples of the world. The world remains armed to the teeth, each great power struggling, now quietly, now more openly, for advantage over the other. There is no security for the people of any country. All the peoples of the world face hunger, poverty, unemployment and overall misery. Capitalism outlived its usefulness long ago. It is no longer capable of progress, of raising the standards of living of the people. Capitalism is only capable of guaranteeing new wars, mass unemployment and misery.
But the people of the world want an end to this system. They want jobs, peace, freedom, security. They want a new life; they want a change from the chaos of the profit system. Millions will not stand for long years of poverty and unemployment. This COVID-19 pandemic has taught them many lessons of what is possible, of the many improvements and discoveries that can be accomplished by political will. When they fight for peace, freedom, security and plenty for all, they are fighting for socialism, which alone can guarantee these blessings. A new life, a new social, system, that is, socialism, is the only hope for humanity.
What we want are simple things:
We want peace, instead of bloodshed and violence and destruction.
We want security, instead of insecurity, the terrible business of not knowing today whether or not we will have a job tomorrow.
We want to be sure that we will be able to raise our families in decent homes and schools and possess good healthcare.
We want comfort and prosperity, instead of low living standards, slums, child labour, unemployment, hunger and starvation.
We want democracy and freedom, instead of regimentation, bureaucracy, racial and religious and national conflict.
These are the simple things which you and I and all people everywhere long for, the simple things we have always wanted for ourselves and our children.
But we don’t have them. We live in a modern civilisation with huge industries all over the land. 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 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 control our lives. That is what capitalism offers you. We want to take over the industries built by us – by us and nobody else. We want to take over the wealth produced by us – by us and nobody else. We want to, and we can, run industry to produce for peace, not for war. To produce for us, for the needs and comforts of the people, and not for the swollen profits of the corporations. The Socialist Party says that progress consists not in dismantling these multinational giants of industry but taking them away from the CEOs and share-holders and making them the property of the whole people, those who produce all the wealth of the world. Owned by the toiling people, by the workers, the poor agricultural labourers, the dispossessed and all the poor, these conglomerates could produce plenty for all. That is the road to socialism, to a world system, of peace, security and freedom. What we need to do is get rid of the selfish, profit-bloated capitalists. The goal of the Socialist Party is to create the socialist society of peace, freedom and plenty for all mankind.
Without capitalism and capitalist profit, we can put an end to poverty hunger and war. Our marvellous machinery can be made to to provide plenty for all, homes fit to live in, comforts and prosperity, self-respect and human dignity. Those are the things we all want. They are the things socialists want.