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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Building a New World from the Shell of the Old

20th May 2022

Syndicalism In 1906 the main French trade union confederation of the time adopted at its Congress in Amiens a charter which, spreading far beyond France, became the doctrinal basis of a theory of unionism and revolution known as “syndicalism” (this is in fact merely the ordinary French word for trade unionism, so in France this […]

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Labour-Power and Class Struggle

18th May 2022

Members of the World Socialist Movement would accept the following with perhaps a few caveats of their own: We recognise that, under capitalism, workers depend on the wage they get for the sale of their labour-power and that it is in their interest to get the highest possible price for this; collective organisation and action, […]

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16th May 2022

Arguing with left-wingers 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. Many political groups think of themselves as “leaders” of the working-class. We do not. We say that workers should spurn these would-be vanguards and organise for socialism democratically, without leaders. […]

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The WSM and the State

13th May 2022

The World Socialist Movement (WSM) holds a clear definition of what it would describe socialism to be and it is not to be unexpected that we will not accept certain ideas as socialist if it conflicts. The WSM’s point is that we do share something in common with the Kropotkinists and other communist-anarchists such as Alexander Berkman and Murray […]

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The Anti-Parliamentary Debate

11th May 2022

Anarchists and others tend to argue that all “parliamentary” parties have in the past, and in the present, betrayed the working class; that Parliament is not the real seat of power but a “talking-shop” that the World Socialist Movement (WSM) contests elections, aims at parliamentary majorities and so on; and that therefore will be no different from […]

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WSM V. Anarchism

9th May 2022

The political position of the World Socialist Movement (WSM) is frequently misrepresented by mistruths or misunderstandings.There are common parodies of the WSM presented rather than the genuine discussions on the disagreements which critics hold (particularly on Parliament and trade unions.) First; lets begin with the structure and organisation of the WSM. In keeping with the tenet that working class emancipation […]

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Socialist Decision Making 7/7

7th May 2022

Rosa Luxemburg wrote that democracy is indispensable to the working-class “because it creates the political forms which will serve the proletariat as fulcrums in its task of transforming bourgeois society.” But democracy in itself cannot solve a single problem of the working class. Democracy for the working class can only be consolidated and extended to the extent that […]

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Socialist Decision Making 6/7

7th May 2022

When describing the new society we are working for, socialists frequently encounter the question of “how will it work?” There is a danger that plans produced today describing a socialist society will only bear the hall mark of the author’s own preference rather than how future socialists will democratically organise themselves. While it is of interest […]

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Socialist Decision Making 5/7

6th May 2022

Socialism is a decentralised or polycentric society that is self-regulating, self-adjusting and self-correcting, from below and not from the top. It is not a command economy but a responsive one. Planning in socialism is essentially a question of industrial organisation, of organising productive units into a productive system functioning smoothly to supply the useful things […]

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Socialist Decision Making 4/7

5th May 2022

While work-place democracy is unquestioningly a pre-requisite for socialist administration, it seems many have never taken the issue to its logical end. The real democratic safeguard is when no-one can deprive another of the means for life – food, health and shelter – through sectional ownership of them, regardless of how internally democratic their enterprise might be. This was […]

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