Problems of Socialist Administration
A correspondent, L. H. Tickner (N.13), referring to our reply to ” G.D.D.” in the February issue of the SOCIALIST STANDARD, writes : —
“You say that (when the working class has gained political power) ‘changes will be introduced in orderly fashion … in co-operation with their fellows in other lands.’ (L.H.T.’s emphasis.)
“While this is right in theory, it occurs to me that, if this condition is essential, Socialism may be expected in, say, a hundred years’ time, or may be that is just a little pessimistic or optimistic?”
Socialism in this country alone is impossible.
It is unthinkable from many points of view, one of which concerns our reader’s question.
It is unthinkable that capitalism will force the workers of England to become Socialists, and not have the same effect on the workers of other countries. When the British worker is ready for Socialism, his fellow in the industrially advanced capitalist countries will also be ready. Workers of all countries are faced by the same problems, the solution to which is the same—Socialism.
Having gained political power in their respective countries, Socialists will together plan the working of the new society. Obviously, it will be in their interests to do this in an efficient, orderly fashion. For instance, it will be necessary for them to ascertain, roughly, what things are required, and in what quantities. Then the necessary steps to fulfil these requirements can be taken. The required number of workers will be able to set to work on their different jobs.
As countries are dependent on one another for different articles, it will be necessary for Socialists of different countries to co-operate.
We are unable to oblige our correspond when he asks us to prophesy the date of the Socialist revolution.
We would, however, remind our reader that, nowadays, movements often grow quickly. For example, the German Nazis within a few years grew from a small divided minority into the largest party in the German State. Similarly, we believe that once the Socialist movement has got a firm footing, it will grow rapidly.
The question asked by our correspondent, and other questions of a similar nature, have been dealt with in the following issues of THE SOCIALIST STANDARD : —
August, 1927. November, 1931. September, 1933. June, 1932. February, 1938. February, 1923.
(Socialist Standard, September 1939)