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All the hopes of a better future and the promises of prosperity just around the corner keep crashing down, time after time. Fewer and fewer people are satisfied with the status quo. But the powerful ideology of “There Is No Alternative” (TINA) has constrained many people’s political imagination and consigned them to political apathy; our task as socialists is to convince them that there is, indeed, an alternative to capitalism. Discussions about socialism inevitably depend on what is meant by “socialism” in the first place. Socialism means a class-free society, and a class-free society means that a privileged minority is not in a position to enjoy the wealth, while the majority live only on their labour to produce it. It means especially that privileged individuals who do have excess income cannot invest it in the instruments of production with which others work, thus reducing them to a position of fixed subservience. It means an end of rent, profit, and interest on stocks and bonds, an end of “surplus value,” an end of the exploitation of labour. The Socialist Party does not hide the fact that we are consistent enemies of capitalism. Our aim is to replace capitalism by socialism because it is absolutely necessary to the survival of civilisation. We hold that capitalism has outlived its usefulness. We are convinced that if capitalism is allowed to continue, we will be plunged into barbarism. In a word, we hold that capitalism is bankrupt and that if humanity is to advance it must move on to socialism. A socialist society means peace, security, prosperity, freedom, and equality - all the things that the working people, the little people of society, have always wanted and longed for.
Capitalist society, like all class societies, is divided into unequals. So long as one class continues to own the means of production, and another class owns nothing but its ability to work, which it is compelled to sell to the other class in order to live – the best government in the world, composed of the best men and adopting the best laws, cannot possibly establish equality between the two classes. If one class owns, it will always exploit and rule the class that does not own.  The capitalist government is an instrument for maintaining the power over society of the capitalist class and for suppressing the class that is ruled over, the workers. A machine whose basic function is to maintain the rule of one class over another is necessarily also a machine of oppression. That is essentially the purpose for the police and the prisons.  The capitalist class owns and controls the means of creating and influencing opinion through its control of the  media. In countless ways it instills its class ideas into the minds of the workers. It poisons their thinking. It not only gets them to believe that capitalism is eternal and benevolent, but that socialism is unnecessary and impossible. It even gets many workers to oppose such elementary necessities as trade unions. Capitalist society is organised against the working class. The capitalist class is an irreconcilable enemy of the workers. Political equality is a myth. The capitalist class do ninety-nine per cent of the talking and writing, because of its economic power, and the working class only one per cent. Political power gives the capitalist class an overwhelming advantage over its workers in influencing votes and thereby determining elections.
Socialism alone can give its true meaning to the whole idea of human justice.  The Socialist Party maintains that the means of production and wealth acquired and accumulated by humanity should be at the disposal of humanity. Socialism is the common ownership of the means of production and distribution and their democratic organisation and management by all the people in a society free of classes, class divisions and class rule. Socialism is the democratic organisation of production for use, of production for abundance, of plenty for all, without the exploitation of man by man. Socialism is the union of the whole world into a global federation of free and equal people, disposing in common of the natural resources and wealth of our planet. Can this great ideal ever be realised? It can and must be realised. It can be realised because it is capitalism itself that has prepared the two main and indispensable conditions for socialism. The first condition is such a highly developed industry, such a highly developed technique of production, such a highly developed social (instead of individual) way of producing the means of life, that it is now possible to organise our economic life to produce in abundance for all in a minimum of working time. The second condition is the development of a modern working class whose interests are so diametrically opposed to the interests of the capitalist class that it is compelled, in sheer self-defence, to replace capitalism by a rational socialist society, and which is so numerous and mighty that it is able to replace capitalism by socialism. Socialist production is organised for use, not for profit. Production is carried on in a planned, coordinated, democratically-administered way, not on the basis of whether or not the private capitalist can make a profit on the market.
Where there is abundance for all, the nightmare of insecurity vanishes. There are jobs for all, and they are no longer dependent on whether or not the employer can make a fat profit in a fat market. There is not only a high standard of living, but every industrial advance is followed by a rising standard of living and a declining working-day. Where there is abundance for all, and where no one has the economic power to exploit and oppress others, the basis of classes, class division, and class conflict vanishes. The basis of a ruling state, of a government of violence and repression, with its prisons and police and army, also disappears. Police and thieves, prisons and violence are inevitable where there is economic inequality or abundance for the few and scarcity for the many. They disappear when there is plenty for all, therefore economic equality, therefore social equality. Where there is abundance for all, and where all have equal access to the fruits of the soil and the wealth of industry, the mad conflicts and wars between nations and peoples vanish. With them vanishes the irrepressible urge that exists under capitalism for one nation to subject others, to rob it of its rights, to exploit and oppress it, to provoke and maintain the hideous national and racial antagonisms that cling to capitalism like an ineradicable bloodstain. Where mankind is free of economic exploitation, of economic inequality, of economic insecurity, he is free for the first time to develop as a human being among his fellow human beings, free to contribute to the unfolding of a new culture and a new humanity.
We are revolutionary socialists who believe that capitalism — as a system centred on private accumulation and profit — is inherently a system of inequality, injustice, and war. We want a social system where social wealth is not in the hands of a few billionaires, but is controlled by the people. We seek both economic and political democracy. Our enemy is capitalism. Capitalism dominates our economic system. Under capitalism, a handful who own the factories, the mines, food industries, and the banks control the wealth that the majority of the people produce. It is this system that we are fighting. Capitalism organises globally. Blocs of capital compete intensely for growth and profits. Under capitalism you either destroy the competition, or are destroyed yourself. This drive sends the corporations around the world, seeking cheaper raw materials and corrupt local governments that will ensure a "friendly investment climate." Capitalism continuously seeks cheaper labour costs. Capitalism is a system of violence. Poverty is built into its operation. The capitalist class needs to maintain its grip on the levers of power.

The struggle for a liveable and sustainable planet is a life-and-death issue. Capitalist greed has polluted our air, destroyed the forests, poisoned our waters, and drenched our food with toxic chemicals. Our survival necessitates control of technology and production and the elimination of the blind competition and consumerism that causes us to squander so many of the world's resources needlessly. We work to develop a new vision to deepen our understanding of the relationship between humanity and the rest of nature. People will have to change how they live and how society is organised. Only conscious socialist planning by all of society can make this a reality. 
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Wednesday, 20 June
 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Venue: Maryhill Community Central Halls, 
304 Maryhill Road, 
Glasgow G20 7YE

The Socialist Party position is honest in that we don't know what the characteristics of revolution will look like in detail but we do think we know what it won't look like. Some expect the Socialist Party to be soothsayers. The problem is that it is rather useless for us today to declare what tomorrow exactly is going to happen when socialism is imminent. Will the working class (even a socialist one that is highly politically educated) wait for the declaration of its elected representatives or delegates in Parliament and legislatures? What happens when say 55 per cent of the working class says "Let's do it now!" What happens if the majority of workers in the UK and Europe start to elect Socialist majorities, but not in the U.S., Japan, etc.? And what if the State (the state capitalist State and private capitalist State) do begin to exert their powers to stifle the movement? Do we then sit and wait again for our chance? What constitutes a working-class majority wanting Socialism. Is it 51 per cent? 60 %? 75%? It is a futile exercise to make. We simply cannot foresee the events that take place even when say 30 % of the working class becomes socialist.
 If, for example, that we reached the stage where 20% of the adult working population was indeed socialist. That would be an incredible achievement and there would be a sudden rise in working-class militancy in immediate issues, there would be a new "socialist culture" being built, changes within the entire labour movement, in daily life and how people thought politically. At 40% we would still not be the "overwhelming majority" but this would be such a sizeable significant and politically powerful base. And here quantitative changes would mean qualitative changes. The "movement" we have now would not be the same movement under those circumstances. It might move in directions we have never even considered. And it has profound implications. It is too difficult for us to simply say that when the overwhelming majority of people around the world want socialism they will create it because there will indeed rise these very revolutionary situations or critical revolutionary crisis or juncture that have not followed the formal logic of the propositions we put forward. The "movement" will take on a life of its own.
The Socialist Party cannot control whether or not workers become socialists. What we can provide, and what we have continuously provided, is a theory of revolution which, if it had been taken up by workers, would have prevented incalculable misery to millions.
For example, in 1917, the Bolsheviks were convinced that they were setting society in Russia on a course of change towards socialism. The Party argued that socialism was not being established in Russia. What followed was the horrendous misery of the Stalinist years. The Party put forward the same view of events in China in 1949.
What is happening in Russia and China now? The rulers of these state capitalist regimes introduced free-market capitalism.
We warned against situations where groups or sections of workers try to stage the revolution or implement socialism when the rest of the working class is not prepared. They will only be prepared when they accept the need to capture political power and THEN the implementation of Socialism based on majority support can begin. Otherwise, you may have a situation where a minority may push the majority into a situation it is not prepared for and the results could be disastrous.
What comes to mind is the situation in Germany in 1919 when large groups of workers supported the Spartacus group while the majority of the working class still supported the Social Democratic Party. The uprising was put down brutally and the working class was divided.
In regards to gradualism and reformism when in 1945 the Labour Party was elected with the objective of establishing a "socialist" Britain, the Socialist Party, again arguing from its theory, insisted that there would be no new social order. In fact, that Labour Government steered capitalism in Britain through the post-war crisis, enabling it to be massively expanded in the boom years of the 1950s. What is happening in the Labour Party now? Confused and directionless, it stands utterly bankrupt of ideas. The Labour Party even abandoned its adherence to Keynesian theories which the Socialist Party always insisted could never provide policies which would remove the anarchy of capitalism. Its ideas on the progressive introduction of socialism are now only a distant memory.
The arguments from the Socialist Party has not been abstract, for it relates to the real experiences of workers today, and we constantly make clear in our speaking and writing that socialism is the immediately practical solution to workers' so-called "short-term interests".

The Socialist Party is well aware that revolution will not "simply" be the result of our educational efforts. Our appeal to workers is upon the basis of class interest and our appeal will be successful because the class struggle generates class consciousness in workers. The growth of socialist consciousness and organisation will allow workers to prosecute the class struggle more effectively. Socialist consciousness won't entirely emerge "spontaneously" out of the day-to-day struggle, which is given as an excuse for not advocating socialism by those such as Trotskyists who think it will. It has been claimed by some of them that all socialists need to do is to get involved in the day to day struggle. The justification for advocating socialism as such is that socialist ideas do have to be brought to workers, though not from outside, from the "bourgeois intelligentsia" or the "proletarian vanguard", but from inside, from members of the working class who have come to see that socialism is the way-out. We, in the Socialist Party, are members of the working class spreading socialist ideas amongst our fellow workers. We are a part of the "spontaneous" process of the emergence of socialist consciousness.

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Right now, four in 10 Americans can’t come up with $400 in an emergency.  Two out of 10 Americans have either no financial assets at all, or they owe more than they own.  Over 70 million workers make less than $25,000 a year,  The federal minimum wage is less than the cost of living in every major city in the country. The top 1 percent according to a new study in the Quarterly Journal of
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Toronto teen William Leathers was thrilled earlier this year when he received his acceptance letter to the prestigious Julliard School in New York. Leathers is one of only three students accepted in Julliard's trumpet program. There was just one slight problem, though. Given the stature of Julliard in the music world fees don't come cheap; only a little matter of US$91,000 dollars.

 Not to be stymied Leathers took to crowdfunding and by May 2 had raised $80,000. Some may say he is well on the road to making his dream reality, but nevertheless, it does hammer home how everything has to be bought and paid for under capitalism. 

Think how many people talented in so many ways never realize their full potential.

 For socialism, 
Steve, Mehmet, John & contributing members of the SPC.
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Socialism is not some utopian scheme. Capitalism has created the economic conditions for socialism. Today there is social production but no social ownership. Socialism will bring social ownership to social production. It is the next step in the further evolution of  human society. With socialism, the working people will take over the economic forces developed by capitalism and operate them in the interests of all.  People will control the great wealth they produce, they will be fundamentally able to determine their own futures. The end of exploitation of one person by another will be an unprecedented liberating and transforming force. Socialism will not mean government control. Government involvement in the economy is a form of state capitalism. Socialism will open the way for great changes in society. Transforming the main productive resources of society into common property will enable the working people to assume administration of the economy. Workers will be able to manage democratically their own work places through workers’ councils and elected administrators. In this way workers will be able to make their work places safe and efficient places that can well serve their own interests as well as society’s.
The Socialist Party has always used the electoral form of struggle in order to put forward the ideas of socialism and rally fellow-workers against the capitalist state. Socialism is a matter of growth but never by obtaining for it a fictitious vote. We should seek only to register the actual vote of socialism, no more and no less. In our campaigns we state our principles clearly, seeking neither to flatter nor to offend, but only to convince those who should be with us and win them to our cause through understanding its mission. No possible good can come from any kind of a political alliance, express or implied, with those who are opposed to socialism. The Socialist Party wants the votes only of those who want socialism. It holds in contempt vote-seeking for the sake of holding office. This is a party which serves the class and does not seek to substitute party power for class power. To fight for socialism is consciously to struggle for the overthrow of capitalism and its state, designed and created to maintain the economic and political dominance of the few who own capital over the many who have only their own labour power to trade for an income.
Capitalism is a system in which the means for producing the wealth (the land, the mines, factories, the machines etc.) are in private hands. It is true that in Britain a number of industries — mining, the railways, electricity — have been taken out of private hands and have been nationalised. But the first charge on the nationalised industries is compensation for the old, private shareholders. The nationalised boards are manned overwhelmingly by ex-directors of the industries concerned. In any case only 20 per cent of industry has been nationalised. The remaining 80 per cent is in private hands. Thus a tiny handful of people own these “means of production” as they are called. But they do not work them. The immense majority of the people own nothing (in the sense that they can live on what they own) but their power to work. By exploitation we mean living off the labour of other people. There have been previous forms of exploitation. In slave society, the slave-owners lived off the labour of the slaves who were their property. In feudal society, the feudal lords lived off the forced labour of the serfs. In capitalist society the worker is neither a slave nor yet a serf, i.e. forced to do free, unpaid labour for a master. But he is exploited just the same, even though the form of this exploitation is not so open and clear as was the case with the slaves and the serfs. The essence of exploitation under capitalism consists in this — that the workers, when set to work with raw materials and machinery, produce far more in values than what is paid out by the capitalists in wages, for raw materials etc. In short, they produce a surplus which belongs to the capitalists and for which they are not paid. Thus they are robbed of the values they produce. This is the source of capitalist profit. It is on this surplus, produced by the workers, that the capitalist lives in riches and luxury. Capitalism is a system in which the means for producing wealth are owned by a few who live by exploiting the workers, i.e. by robbing them of the values they produce over and above the value of their wages. It is a system of booms and slumps. From the earliest days of its existence (at the end of the eighteenth century) until today, capitalism has been marked by periodic slumps, or “economic crises” as they are called, which cause mass unemployment and untold misery for the great mass of the working people.  Capitalism is the system based on competition. There are many capitalists each producing the same kind of commodity. Each hopes to sell all that he has produced and thereby to realise a profit. He has to compete with his rivals in the attempt to sell his goods. The quantity of goods produced therefore bears no relation to the real demand. Capitalism is thus by its nature an unplanned, anarchic system. Each capitalist tries to produce as much and as cheaply as possible in order to grab as much of the market — and as much profit — as possible. To do so more effectively, to defeat their rivals, the capitalists constantly seek to cheapen production by introducing new machinery, speeding up the workers etc. Thus more and more goods are being produced. At the same time they seek to drive down the wages of the workers in order to increase their share of the wealth produced.

Socialism means but one thing, and that is the abolition of capitalism. Anything else is not Socialism, and has no right to use that name. Socialism is not the establishment of a minimum wage, not the enforcement of health and safety laws, or the imposition of price controls, not the putting down of the racists and neo-fascists. None of these, nor all of them together, are socialism. They might all be done by the government tomorrow, and still we would not have socialism. They are merely reforms of the present system, mere patches on the worn-out garment of industrial servitude. Socialism is the common ownership of the means of production. Therefore, while not opposing any reforms or improvements which may be secured under capitalism, the Socialist Party is steadfastly against taking resources and energy away from its main battle, for revolution, in order to carry on the struggle for reform. It refuses to abandon its main demand “the tools of production for the producers” in order to fritter away its time chasing immediate demands. It declines the tempting baits to lead workers into sidetracks, blind alleys and dead ends. The one demand of the Socialist Party is socialism, unadulterated and undiluted - the unconditional surrender by the capitalist class of the machinery of industry. The Socialist Party insists that it is the most humanitarian movement on earth. More so than philanthropic ventures, reform societies, and charities. It, and it alone, carries within its principle the highest humanitarian hopes and possibilities of humanity. All the other movements are based on aspiration alone. The Socialist Party stands out unique as the only one based on making the realisation of those aspirations an accomplished fact. Socialism alone will supply the basis for any permanent improvement in the condition of mankind. Capitalism may be modified with factory laws, housing regulations, family legislation, but it remains the same old capitalism.
Socialism is a society in which all the members of the community collectively determine their conditions of life and their way of living. In order to do so, they must control, collectively, the use to which machines, factories, raw materials – all the means of production – are put. Unless the means of production are effectively in the hands of the whole society there can be no question of the collective control of the conditions of life. 

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