Thursday, April 22, 2021

Act now. Tomorrow will be too late


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 is interested in longer hours, speed-up, and low wages.

The worker is interested in shorter hours, easier work, and high wages.

The bosses are always the beneficiaries.

The workers always the victims.

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.

That the rich get richer and the poor get poorer is always true under capitalism. 

 Under capitalism it is inevitable to have economic crises and mass unemployment. When the capitalists realise there is no profit in selling their goods, there are lay-offs and slashing of wage’s. Food is left to rot in the granaries and storage houses, and people go hungry.

There’s nothing like a war expenditures for trotting out figures in the  billions, or even the trillions.  Instead of billions being spent on production for destruction and killing, with the waste of human lives, why could we not have a society operating  on the basis of the good things of life for all  the peoples of the entire world? Because our economy is capitalist, meaning based on competition, producing not for public need but for private profit. Socialism has as its goal economic security for all, so that with this minimum requirement, “human” beings will have the potentialities for the full growth of their “humanity.”

It is no myth that there is plenty for all. Here are the facts: More food can be raised today than we could, possibly eat. Yet people starve in the midst of plenty and food is dumped into landfill. We have the natural resources, the technology, the knowledge. Modern science has made comfort and culture and leisure possible for all. Who can deny the great potential?  But why have these possibilities  to end poverty, maintain security and a high standard of living and keep the peace never been put into practice? Instead the resources of the planet  have been flagrantly and wilfully mismanaged.

The workers need a political party of their own, free and independent of the capitalist parties and politicians, a socialist party, advocating a planned economy where for the first time it will be possible to put an end to wars between nations. The aim of the working class would be to end capitalism and all forms of exploitation everywhere; and everywhere create a cooperative commonwealth in which the principle regulating production and distribution will be the supplying of human needs and not the making of profits.

WE AIM TO REPLACE the present capitalist system, with its inherent injustice and inhumanity, by a social order from which the domination and exploitation of one class by another will be eliminated, in which economic planning will supersede unregulated private enterprise and competition, and in which genuine democratic self-government, based upon economic equality will be possible. The present order is marked by glaring inequalities of wealth and opportunity, by chaotic waste and instability; and in an age of plenty it condemns the great mass of the people to poverty and insecurity. Power has become more and more concentrated into the hands of a small irresponsible minority of financiers and industrialists and to their predatory interests the majority are habitually sacrificed. When private profit is the main stimulus to economic effort, our society oscillates between periods of feverish prosperity in which the main benefits go to speculators and profiteers, and of catastrophic depression, in which the common man's normal state of insecurity and hardship is accentuated. We believe that these evils can be removed only in a planned and socialised economy in which our natural resources and principal means of production and distribution are owned, controlled and operated by the people.

The new social order at which we aim is not one in which individuality will be crushed out by a system of regimentation. Nor shall we interfere with cultural rights of racial or religious minorities. What we seek is a proper collective organisation of our economic resources such as will make possible a much greater degree of leisure and a much richer individual life for every citizen.

This social and economic transformation can be brought about by political action, through the election of a socialist party inspired by the ideal of a co-operative commonwealth and supported by a majority of the people. We do not believe in change by violence. We consider that the old parties are the instruments of capitalist interests and cannot serve as agents of social reconstruction, and that whatever the superficial differences between them, they are bound to carry on government in accordance with the dictates of the big business interests who finance them. The Socialist Party aims at political power in order to put an end to this capitalist domination of our political life. It is a democratic movement, financed by its own members and seeking to achieve its ends solely by constitutional methods. It appeals for support to all who believe that the time has come for a far-reaching reconstruction of our economic and political institutions.

The present pandemic is a symptom of the mortal sickness of the whole capitalist system, and this sickness cannot be cured by the application of palliatives and salves. These leave untouched the cancer which is eating at the heart of our society, namely, the economic system in which our natural resources and our principal means of production and distribution are owned, controlled and operated for the private profit of a small proportion of our population.

The Socialist Party will not rest content until it has eradicated capitalism and put into operation the establishment of the cooperative commonwealth.

This is our chance. We must act now. Tomorrow may be too late and the opportunity will have passed

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