Another election leaflet from our companion party in New Zealand, the World Socialist Party
Election Communication Wairarapa Electorate 12 October 1996
VOTE FOR YOURSELF FOR A CHANGE
The Only Socialist Candidate in this election is:
A WORLD FIT TO LIVE IN
You are once again faced with a bunch of politicians who can be distinguished from one another by the colour of their rosettes. These politicians will be promising the earth when in reality they are only trying to get their snout in the trough. Each party and their candidate will be blaming the other parries for the things that are not right. They will say they are prepared to solve our problems. The fact is they never have.
For the first time in the Wairarapa, The World Socialist Party (New Zealand) is contesting a general election. Most of you will not know much about the World Socialist Party (NZ). This may be the first time you have heard of us. Certainly many people have heard the word "Socialism" but imagine it has something to do with nationalised industries, or the form of State Capitalism in the former Soviet Union or China. So it is understandable if you regard Socialism as just another political cliché, used to win votes for Labour politicians and hence having little to do with working class interests.
The World Socialist Party (NZ) is different from all other political parties because the World Socialist Party (NZ) stands solely for Socialism. Why do we make this principle our aim and objective? Because we do not think that the present social system, capitalism, can be made to work in the interests of the majority of the people.
You do not need the World Socialist Party (NZ) to tell you there is something badly wrong with the way society is organised at present.
WHY are thousands of workers thrown on to the scrapheap of the unemployed, while so much useful work needs to be done?
WHY must vast numbers of workers suffer and even die waiting for hospital treatment while there is no shortage of resources being allocated to the armed forces, which exists to kill people, not cure people?
WHY is food locked away in cold storage or dumped in the sea while around the world 40,000 starve to death daily?
BECAUSE we live under a capitalist system where profit for the few who own and control the means of wealth production and distribution is more important than the needs of the majority.
This crazy system of running society only carries on because the majority have been persuaded to vote for it. Many have been conned into believing that there is no other way - that capitalism run by leaders of left, right and centre, is the only option. .The present social madhouse will not last forever.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Unlike the political promises being thrown at you by our political opponents, the World Socialist Party (NZ) promises it will do absolutely nothing for you. If you want to change society you can do it. Socialism is about people - all of us - regardless of age, race, gender, owning and controlling the resources of society, for use not profit. At last the world will belong to the people who inhabit it, with all of us having free access to the abundant goods and services which society can produce. In socialism all wealth will be produced solely for use. There will be no wages, prices or profits.
If you think the Socialist objective is worth registering your support for, rather than casting another wasted vote for capitalism than vote for Christopher Fackney, the genuine Socialist candidate in this election. Do not vote for him if you want a leader to put things right for you. The WSP (NZ) wants only Socialist votes and plenty of them, so we can show those who uphold this rotten system that there is a growing number of workers seeing through it.
DON'T JUST VOTE, THINK. DON'T JUST THINK, ACT