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Meetings

Meetings/talks/discussions are currently online on Discord (unless it is stated that the meeting or talk is on Zoom).

Please contact spgb@worldsocialism.org for how to join.

The events calendar is here.

Members of Central Branch are advised that there is an informal discussion group hosted fortnightly on a Sunday by Paul Edwards at 7.00pm (BST) in the Discord online server. The next date for your diary will be Sunday July 5th at 7.00pm (BST); and, then every second Sunday thereafter. Please, do consider joining in. This is a great opportunity for all.

JULY 2020

Thursday 2 July, 3.00 p.m.

FAQ Workshop, “What about the army?”

Friday 3 July, 7.30 p.m.

Friday night talk

Tuesday 7 July, 3.00 p.m.

FAQ Workshop, “Why aren’t there more women in the SP?”

Thursday 9 July, 3.00 p.m.

FAQ Workshop, “Would there be laws?”

Friday 10 July, 7.30 p.m.

Friday Night Talk:

Who was J Posadas, and does it matter?

Speaker: Bill Martin

Sunday 12 July, 3.00 p.m.

Dangerous Women – Marge Piercy

Tuesday 14 July, 3.00 p.m.

FAQ Workshop, “How much Marxist theory do workers really need to know?”

Thursday 16 July, 3.00 p.m.

FAQ Workshop, “What do we think about charities?”

Friday 17 July, 7.30 p.m.

Friday Night Talk

Saturday 18 July, 10.00 a.m – 5.00 p.m.

Online Party Conference (this will be held on Zoom)

Details on how to take part or listen will be published in due course on the Party’s website www.worldsocialism.org/spgb

Tuesday 21 July, 3.00 p.m.

FAQ Workshop – “The Joy of Sects”

Wednesday 22 July, 8.30 p.m.

Talk on Sylvia Pankhurst (this talk will be held on Zoom)

Thursday 23 July, 3.00 p.m.

FAQ Workshop – “Good idea but it’ll never happen”

Friday 24 July, 7.30 p.m.

Friday Night Talk

Sunday 26 July, 3.00 p.m.

Dangerous Women – Harriet Tubman

Tuesday 28 July, 3.00 p.m.

FAQ Workshop – “Just eat the shit: the working class and diet”

Thursday 30 July, 3.00 p.m.

FAQ Workshop – “Six things to know about Lenin – a checklist”

Friday 31 July, 7.30 p.m.

Friday Night Talk

AUGUST 2020

Friday 7 August, 2.00 p.m. – Sunday 9 August 5.00 p.m.

The SPGB Summer School on Technology (for full details here)


Declaration of Principles


This declaration is the basis of our organisation and, because it is also an important historical document dating from the formation of the party in 1904, its original language has been retained. A more detailed version including explanations of what the Object and each Principle mean to us is on the website here.


Object

The establishment of a system of society based upon the common ownership and democratic control of the means and instruments for producing and distributing wealth by and in the interest of the whole community.

Declaration of Principles

The Socialist Party of Great Britain holds:

1: That society as at present constituted is based upon the ownership of the means of living (i.e., land, factories, railways, etc.) by the capitalist or master class, and the consequent enslavement of the working class, by whose labour alone wealth is produced.

2: That in society, therefore, there is an antagonism of interests, manifesting itself as a class struggle between those who possess but do not produce and those who produce but do not possess.

3: That this antagonism can be abolished only by the emancipation of the working class from the domination of the master class, by the conversion into the common property of society of the means of production and distribution, and their democratic control by the whole people.

4: That as in the order of social evolution the working class is the last class to achieve its freedom, the emancipation of the working class will involve the emancipation of all mankind, without distinction of race or sex.

5: That this emancipation must be the work of the working class itself.

6: That as the machinery of government, including the armed forces of the nation, exists only to conserve the monopoly by the capitalist class of the wealth taken from the workers, the working class must organize consciously and politically for the conquest of the powers of government, national and local, in order that this machinery, including these forces, may be converted from an instrument of oppression into the agent of emancipation and the overthrow of privilege, aristocratic and plutocratic.

7: That as all political parties are but the expression of class interests, and as the interest of the working class is diametrically opposed to the interests of all sections of the master class, the party seeking working class emancipation must be hostile to every other party.

8: The Socialist Party of Great Britain, therefore, enters the field of political action determined to wage war against all other political parties, whether alleged labour or avowedly capitalist, and calls upon the members of the working class of this country to muster under its banner to the end that a speedy termination may be wrought to the system which deprives them of the fruits of their labour, and that poverty may give place to comfort, privilege to equality, and slavery to freedom.

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