Thursday, July 18, 2019

The problem is capitalism. The solution is socialism

We make no apology for returning to the question of the revolutionary change. The world is in the midst of revolutionary change. The smokestacks and assembly lines no longer dominate our landscapes. The jobs we once knew are slowly disappearing. We are being replaced by robots, computers and other new technologies in our workplaces. And still the system can no longer feed and house us or provide us with jobs. 

The Socialist Party must help develop the fighting capacity of the exploited through education and organisation. At every opportunity we must expose the capitalist system and uncloak our class enemy. We, the dispossessed, must fight back if we are to survive. We have no choice but to create a world free of exploitation and want. In order to do so, we need an organisation that can educate. Hardly anyone but Marxists nowadays retain trust in the anti-capitalist striving and sentiments of the working people or believe that they can in time participate in a mighty movement oriented toward socialist objectives. For adhering to these convictions and being guided by them, the Socialist Party is looked upon as political fossils, relics of a bygone era, who dogmatically cling to outdated views. 

Unfashionable as it may be, the Socialist Party holds substantial reasons for their persistence to their principles. Our convictions are not an affirmation of religious-like faith but a reasoned analysis of the decisive trends of our time, and an understanding of capitalist development. No sooner has the ideas of Marx been dismissed for the hundredth time by academics and intellectuals than it returns with increased confirmations. Those who deny any latent radicalism in the workers must ask if the working class cannot dislodge the capitalists, who else can do that job? Once the workers have been cancelled out as the bearers of social progress, the question is insistently posed, who will take their place? If the professors and commentators deem the struggle against capitalist domination to be a lost cause and socialism becomes a Utopia.

 People who seriously envisage such a perspective despite the capitalist rulers' arrogant faith in the longevity of their system and their perpetual dominion, must logically reconcile themselves to the eventual destruction of civilisation by the climate crises or some other consequence of the capitalist system.

The Socialist Party does not succumb to such sentiments of hopelessness. The world has hardly been a model of social peace. The gap between rich and poor keeps widening on a global scale. There is no longer an unlimited confidence in the longevity of capitalism. The prophets of gloom may easily mistake the recharging of the energies of the working class after austerity for their complete exhaustion. The self-reliance of the workers was so weakened that they do not realise they can say “no” to capitalist domination or escape from the status quo. A defeat in a battle is not losing the war.

 Capitalist production cannot do without an ample labouring force, no matter how many are unemployed, because profit-making and the accumulation of capital depend upon the consumption of large quantities of labour power which creates value in the form of commodities. Although this or that segment or individual may be squeezed out of jobs temporarily or permanently, the work force as such is not expendable, no matter how fast or how far automation proceeds under capitalist auspices. The working class is far from obsolescence and cannot be conjured away. During the lulls of militant activity, people come to believe that they can never generate rebellious moods and radical movements in their time. Sudden shocks can cause the oppressed to spring to life which confounds the skeptics and surprises the participants themselves. Workers seldom suspect what they are capable of achieving under the extraordinary motives.

The Socialist Party answer is that exploited wage slaves will make their struggles increasingly incendiary and will fight to the finish against capitalist domination. Who else can become the motor-engine for the new society? To understand this and act upon it distinguishes the Socialist Party from become the Bolshevik vanguards. The working class is not an extinct volcano but possesses potential eruptive and explosive energies still simmering in its depths. 

Workers are not fated to remain servile wage-slaves nor to kowtow to their employers. The working class has colossal tasks ahead of it. It confronts the most formidable of adversaries yet it possesses the potential strength of a giant. This class will be roused from its slumber by events beyond anyone’s control. 

The Socialist Party does not believe that our fellow-workers can be summoned into battle on anyone’s command. Working people can launch mighty offensives on their own initiative once capitalism goads them into action. The will to win is an indispensable factor in the way to win. The working class can go forward to victory only as they become convinced that the profiteers are not born to command, that they are leading the world to climate catastrophe, that they are not omnipotent and unbeatable, that their system of exploitation is not ever-lasting but has to go and can be abolished. 

This is the message of the Socialist Party. It teaches that the workers are qualified to supplant the plutocrats and become the pioneers of the first truly human society.

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