are at a crossroads for civilization, tottering on the brink of
barbarism. A socialist world will be necessary to avoid the
catastrophe of the collapse of society. A fundamental restructuring
of the economic system is required. In fact, it has already begun.
Many parts of Africa are in the throes of break-down, exemplified by
extreme inequalities, wars, hunger and disease. Billions live in dire
poverty amidst unimaginable wealth, and we are heading relentlessly
towards environmental catastrophe.
Socialist Party advocates a way of organising society based on the
principle of 'from each according to ability, to each according to
need', a society based on mutual aid, solidarity and fulfilling human
needs - socialism. To do this we need to cooperate. There is no
shortage of political groups claiming presenting their blueprints for
a fairer society. However, socialism cannot be decreed into being by
governments, only by workers ourselves. Instead of ownership or
control of the means of production - land, factories, offices and so
on - being in the hands of private individuals or the state,
socialism is based on the common ownership and control of those
means. And instead of production for exchange and profit, socialism
means production to meet human needs. Socialism also means a
money-free society where our activity - and its products - no longer
take the form of things to be bought and sold.
is us workers who produce everything and run all the services
necessary for life yet there is ample evidence demonstrating that we
do not need the threat of destitution or starvation, enforced by the
wage system, hanging over us in order to engage in productive
activity. For most of human history, we have not had money or wage
labour, however necessary tasks still got done.
no division between employers and workers, and rich and poor, there
is no longer a need for a body of organised violence controlled by a
small number of people, like the police, to protect the property of
the rich and enforce poverty, wage labour and even starvation on
everyone else. And with no need to accumulate capital or make profit
there is no longer the need for armies to capture new markets and new
are encouraging signs that the boundless energy and enthusiasm of the
working class will bring a socialist renaissance. Capitalism is on a
slide downhill and the illusion of prosperity which had mesmerised
all has dissipated. A large body of popular unrest and discontent and
unrest has grown larger and is seen in the revival of the youth-led
protest movements of recent years. The prospects for the radical
re-vitalisation of the workers' movement are brighter now than before.
Every socialist is now thinking and asking: How can it grow more?
There are doubtless many sincere radicals outside the Socialist Party
and it is the duty of these honest women and men to look round and consider
their position. It is imperative that they re-examine their
principles. The serious-minded working-class radicals still have only
one hope and one rallying point — the Socialist Party.
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