Since its foundation the United States has been a battlefield between the classes and been involved in a perpetual conflict. The privileged few have triumphed and have the rest of us at their mercy. The privileged few control the political machinery. Their money and their political servants write the platforms and dictate to the politicians. There is no attempt to conceal the fact that both the Republican and Democratic parties are financed and controlled by representatives of the plutocracy which owns and rules the land. Political parties are responsive to the interests of those who funds them. They get donations from the capitalist class only for the reason that they represent the interests of that class. Professional politicians of whatever party serve the interests of their masters. He who pays the piper calls the tune as the old saying goes. The policies of politicians reflect the material interests of their masters, regardless of any theatricals to disguise the fact. Presidential election campaigns show a lot about the country’s politics that the ruling classes’ political representatives produce for public’s consumption to manipulate the public perception. It’s the power of the ruling classes to distract the voters with scandals and diversions than for the media to concern itself with genuine class interests, irrespective of the capitalists’ feuding factions.
We are living under a system which is more and more clearly revealed as the enemy of humanity. Capitalism only means poverty and oppression. It imposes draconian cuts in living standards on the already poor, simply in the interest of still greater profits for the capitalist class. Capitalism is responsible for the thoughtless destruction of the environment. The profit motive is incompatible with safeguarding the world’s resources. So long as it is profitable, environmental destruction is perfectly ’logical’ under capitalism.
Humanity’s problem is not limited resources but the waste of resources which is an essential part of the process of capital accumulation. Its armaments industry monopolizes most of the world’s research and development and cynically profits from wars of unparalleled destructiveness. Capitalism’s guiding principle, the quest for profit, takes precedence over any human interest. Capitalism undermines the future of humanity. Capitalism cannot be reformed. It has undergone many changes in its history, but these have simply meant finding new ways to exploit the laboring people. Capitalism is red with the blood of workers. The only solution is to destroy it and build a new social system.
Socialism means liberty, leisure, literature, art, fellowship, life itself. Society must have a new economic basis. The class conflict and political corruption must end. The Republicans and the Democrats are composed almost entirely by those in the service of the ruling class. The Republican and Democratic parties stand for private ownership and competition.
The World Socialist Party alone stands for common ownership and co-operation. The Republican and Democratic parties uphold the wage system; the World Socialist Party demands its end. What have the Republican or Democratic parties got to offer to the wage-slaves of the United States? The millions of us, male and female, black and white and yellow and brown, produce all this nation’s wealth. The World Socialist Party demands the machinery of production in the name of the workers and the control of society in the name of the people. We demand the abolition of capitalism and wage-slavery and the surrender of the capitalist class. We demand equal rights of all the people regardless of race, color, creed or nationality. Socialism will end war by ending the war-producing system. Socialism will end this atrocity. We demand that poverty shall cease once and forever and that all children born into the world shall have equal opportunity to grow up, to be educated, to have healthy bodies and trained minds, and to develop and freely express the best there is in them in mental, moral and physical achievement. We demand complete control of industry by the workers; we demand all the wealth they produce for the enjoyment of all the people. We demand the earth for all the people.
We know our cause is just. Forward to lay the foundations for a new society.