Under capitalism human beings are expendable—profits and property is given priority. Working people are beginning to understand that the whole world is in turmoil and descending into barbarism. The power of the capitalist class depends upon how effective they are in convincing the working class that we have no power. Without our consent capitalism cannot continue. They own the media that indoctrinates us with lies and myths. The capitalists will do anything and everything to camouflage the connection between capitalism and the enforced poverty of the masses through austerity measures. They convince us that we are powerless against them—not only to end their power over us—but to even aspire to build another world beyond capitalist exploitation. Another type of society that ends poverty and injustice is attainable. The only way to stop the descent into chaos is for us to organise to end capitalism and build a socialist world. The only force that can take the employers’ despotic power from them and change the world for the better is a unified working class.
This society can neither guarantee them a secure future nor even promise there will be a future. This society places a premium on wealth. People work out their lives for the enrichment of the small minority of profiteers who own the bulk of the economy and through their wealth control the entire society. Under capitalism, a small minority rules in fact if not in name, and profit is the be-all and end-all of economic life; human needs are secondary considerations.
Reforms are measures to alleviate the conditions of the masses but without eliminating the source of oppression, the capitalist system. Capitalism must continue on its profit-driven path. It cannot fulfil the needs of the majority of humanity—it never has. The vast majority of the Earth’s human population under capitalism has been impoverished for centuries. It is an economic system based upon the exploitation and oppression of working people. Capitalism has no other source of power other than the enslavement of the working class and the exploitation of our labour, which is how they maintain their power. It is the working class that has the power to change the world for the better because it is the working class that does all the work, building things we all need to live a fruitful and happy life with equality and justice for all. The Socialist Party seeks a world free of poverty, want and war. The capitalists are an obstacle to what is needed to build a healthy and prosperous future for all of us. Their sole concern is to increase their profits. That’s why the capitalist class as a whole can never be an ally of the working class. Individuals, of course, can come over to our side—and they do from time to time. But to be on our side, they must oppose capitalism and embrace socialism as the only way to rid the world of this vicious system.
Workers have much more in common with one another than our differences. We all want to live a decent life. We want to see a bright future for our children. We want good food, housing, education, and a clean environment that flourishes with life to safeguard the planet for all the species that share it with us. This can only be done through revolution by the working class and the building of a new, socialist society. We must put aside our differences and embrace our commonality as our way out of the mess of capitalism has inflicted upon us.
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