From the February 1999 issue of the Socialist Standard
claims that socialism will, and must, be a wageless, moneyless, worldwide society of common (not state) ownership and democratic control of the means of wealth production and distribution.
claims that socialism will be a sharp break with capitalism with no “transition period” or gradual implementation of socialism (although socialism will be a dynamic, changing society once it is established).
claims that there can be no state in a socialist society.
claims that there can be no classes in a socialist society.
promotes only socialism, and promotes it as an immediate goal.
claims that only the vast majority, acting consciously in its own interests, for itself, by itself, can create socialism.
opposes any vanguardist approach, minority-led movements, and leadership, as inherently undemocratic (among other negative things).
promotes a peaceful democratic revolution, achieved through force of numbers and understanding.
neither promotes, nor opposes, reforms to capitalism.
claims that there is one working class, worldwide.
lays out the fundamentals of what socialist society must be, but does not presume to tell the future socialist society how to go about its business.
promotes an historical materialist approach—real understanding.
claims that religion is a social, not personal, matter and that religion is incompatible with socialist understanding.
seeks election to facilitate the elimination of capitalism by the vast majority of socialists, not to govern capitalism.
claims that Leninism is a distortion of Marxian analysis.
opposes all capitalist war and claims that socialism will inherently end war, including the “war” between the classes.
noted, in 1918, that the Bolshevik Revolution was not socialist. Had earlier, long noted that Russia was not ready for a socialist revolution.
the first to recognise that the former USSR, China, Cuba and other so-called “socialist countries” were not socialist, but instead, state capitalist.
claims a very accurate, consistent analysis since 1904 when the first Companion Party was founded.