Month: January 2021

Capitalism as a world system

29th January 2021

From the Summer 1986 issue of the World Socialist Capitalism is basically an economic system, one in which production is oriented towards the accumulation of capital out of monetary profits realised on the market, the source of these profits being the unpaid labour of those who produce the goods that are sold. Production for a market, […]

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Here Comes The Robots

25th January 2021

The aim of this article is to explore the effects of a particular form of technology on the state of society. It will examine the concepts of robotics and artificial intelligence; the concept of the technological singularity; what such an event would mean for the labour market; and, because of the central role of the labour […]

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Bedtime stories for your children and grandchildren

22nd January 2021

The Donkey and the Common: A Fable A donkey once had the freedom of a delightful common. There was plenty of sweet grass to be had for the cropping, and though the fare varied with the course of the seasons, there was never a lack of thistles to give piquancy to the diet. Gorse bushes […]

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The WSM: Our Practical Program

18th January 2021

An article by the late comrade Isaac Rab. This was published in The Socialist,1929. What practical program do you fellows propose? What are your demands? Such comments have been made concerning our first issue. A perusal of the contents of that number ought to have cleared away this confusion regarding our position. The similarity of the […]

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Is The World Socialist Movement Marxist?

15th January 2021

The following piece is a transcript of a talk that was given at the Socialist Party of Great Britain’s 1998 Summer School, Marxism Revisited, which was held at Fircroft College in Birmingham, England. It is reproduced from the pamphlet of the same name. The Socialist Party of Great Britain was formed in London on 12th June, 1904. […]

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11th January 2021

Talk by Moggie Grayson on the World Socialist Party (New Zealand) on Discord 8 January I came to live in New Zealand from England in 1967.  The houses here are quite different from English ones.  I had been used to brick houses with slate roofs.  New Zealand houses are built from wood with roofs made […]

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A Comrade Falls

8th January 2021

Suhuyini Nbang-Ba, the socialist activist, journalist and teacher died at home in the Gambia on 16th September 2020.  He was nine days short of his sixty-first birthday and is survived by a brother, a sister, three nieces and four nephews. Suhuyini was born in the small town of Ejura, near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region […]

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The Only Means Necessary

8th January 2021

Many revolutionary groups and tendencies are convinced that any overthrow of capitalism will involve war. This is usually based on the premise that the ruling class will violently oppose any attempts to usurp it and therefore must be defeated militarily. Also personal acts of resistance are advocated, up to and including deadly force. “By any means […]

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The WSM and Unions

4th January 2021

The following articles are examples of the World Socialist Movement’s longstanding commitment to class struggle politics both in the workplace and on the political field. From the June 1947 issue of the Western Socialist What should be the attitude of socialists toward trade unions? This not a mere academic question. There are well-informed Marxists who […]

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Leadership test

1st January 2021

From Red Menace, a Toronto-based libertarian socialist magazine published in the 1970s. PART ONE: Would you make a good Leader? 1. When I talk, people(a) listen(b) leave the room(c) inspect their fingernails(d) gaze at the ceiling(e) I never talk(f) I only talk to myself 2. My comrades are always telling me that I(a) am intellectually advanced(b) am ideologically […]

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