Socialist Economics

21st June 2021

 1: Commodities It is impossible to understand the way in which the Capitalist system works without some knowledge of basic Marxian economics. Such knowledge is invaluable to the Socialist because he can use it to expose the myth that the capitalist is the lynch-pin of society and without him, civilization would perish. The Marxist theory […]

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The Ideas of the WSM

31st May 2021

Socialists know that it is difficult for our fellow-workers to recognise and acknowledge their servile status because wage-slavery is cloaked with many disguises. The absence of legal forms of slavery and serfdom serve to hide the true nature of modern slavery. And because the capitalist class with their media of indoctrination, it is indeed difficult to find the truth. […]

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Selections from Rosa Luxemburg (1906-09)

19th September 2022

Rosa Luxemburg was not infallible. Her economic theories have been found somewhat wanting.  However, there are many of her ideas on socialism that remain relevant and we can learn from these. On the Day after the Social Revolution   ”… there can be nothing more foolish than wanting to predict the shape of socialist society. The more […]

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The Worker and Work

16th September 2022

Because of a legendary incident in the Garden of Eden (for which Adam blamed Eve, who blamed the serpent), many Christians believe that work is a curse laid on sinful humanity: “Cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shall thou eat of it.… In the sweat of thy face shall thou eat bread.” […]

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Labour Theory of Value and the Green Marx

14th September 2022

It was actually Lenin taking advantage of the already growing revisionism of the gradualists (then called state-socialists) in the 2nd International who was primarily responsible for the shift in the meaning of the term “socialism” away from how Marxists had originally defined it as an attempt to garner political support for the Bolsheviks’ state capitalist agenda. Thus, in 1917 […]

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Against the Left

12th September 2022

Arguing with the Left is not always a useful way for socialists to spend their time,”We’ve got the wrong leadership” is the perpetual cry of the left-wing. Many political groups believe themselves to be the “leaders” of the working-class. We do not. We say that workers should spurn these would-be vanguards and organise for socialism […]

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The Alternative to Capitalism

9th September 2022

The following is the final chapter from the 1986 book, State Capitalism: the Wages System Under New Management, which was co-authored by Adam Buick and the late John Crump.  State capitalism: the wages system under new management – Adam Buick & John Crump | If state capitalism is not socialism, what is? In other […]

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Why Socialism?

7th September 2022

To the World Socialist Movement’s indictment of present-day society there comes back the trite answer of the apologist: “It works”. Capitalism works. Yes, but so did chattel slavery and feudalism. They went, nevertheless. Even the complex machinery of the present-day, which not only works but works with a high degree of efficiency, is often ruthlessly […]

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6th September 2022

Para muchos trabajadores, el nacionalismo, como algunos otros prejuicios, es solo otra idea extraña que queda del pasado. Sin embargo, muchos otros todavía se identifican con países y naciones. Por lo tanto, el nacionalismo todavía juega un papel importante en mantener a los trabajadores divididos. Algunos tratan de hacer una distinción entre patriotismo y nacionalismo: […]

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Then and Now

5th September 2022

A look back at the present day from a future time when socialism has been established. How we live and how we used to live Then It is strange to visualise now that the world up to and including the early years of this century was caught in a stranglehold of economic competition, national political boundaries […]

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But what about the wage-price spiral?

4th September 2022

(This is an unabridged version of an article by Mike Schauerte that appeared in the September 2022 issue of Socialist Standard.) Foundation of the spiral argument In nearly every media interview in recent months, Mick Lynch, general secretary of the  National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers in the UK, has had to field a […]

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Myanmar’s Spring Revolution: A Socialist Analysis

3rd September 2022

Background Information The Tatmadaw (Myanmar’s military junta) detained State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and took control of the government on February 1st. This coup is not the first in Myanmar’s history. Following independence, a civil war between various ethnic groups with disparate interests began to escalate. In 1962, General Ne Win, a military leader, […]

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