Author: alanjjohnstone

One World, One Humanity

11th April 2021

Society cannot exist without the working-class. It is the working-class which puts into operation the world’s formidable know-how and technology. Yet the riches collectively produced are appropriated by individual capitalists. Socialism is not a reform, it is a revolution. We are not reformers — we are revolutionaries.We mean by revolutionary the capture of political power by the working class as […]

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COMMUNISM, SOCIALISM: ANY DIFFERENCE?

5th April 2021

The World Socialist Movement, like Marx and Engels, use the names “communism” and “socialism” to mean the same relation of production. Marx and Engels had used the two names alternately to signify the post-revolutionary democratic world system of “cooperative”, “communal”, or universal ownership. Why they preferred communist identity at the beginning of their studies and organization whilst socialist at the end remains well stated in […]

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One Humanity. A World Without Borders

29th March 2021

We live on a planet which has the potential to adequately feed, house and provide clean water and decent medical care for every single man, woman and child.  The resources exist to banish poverty and squalor forever. World socialism could end hunger immediately, and provide the conditions for material security for all within a very short time. Our capabilities are […]

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We Are The World Socialist Movement

22nd March 2021

Month after month, year after year, our fellow-workers appear to be satisfied with the capitalist system — or perhaps too apathetic —to want to put an end to it. They seem to look with an almost fatalistic resignation upon its continuance, despite  having to suffer the anxieties and indignities of that system. Workers feel powerless to deal with the vital questions […]

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Lest We Forget

15th March 2021

We cannot let March pass away without a reference to an event of great significance in the history of the working class movement. 2021’s March has some important dates in socialist history. In Germany it is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rosa Luxemburg and a hundred years since the abortive March Action by the Communist […]

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Sex in a free society

8th March 2021

From the Winter 1985-6 issue of the World Socialist It is a myth to believe that only the wealthy suffer from sexual and neurotic problems. My work as a Reichian psychotherapist allows me a glimpse of people’s private lives, their joys and their misery. There is an enormous amount of shame, self-loathing and guilt. Some feel […]

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Marx and Keynes

5th March 2021

From the November-December 1955 issue of the Western Socialist Classical economy, whose beginning is usually traced to Adam Smith, found its best expression and also its end in David Ricardo. Ricardo, as Marx wrote, “made the antagonism of class-interest, of wages and profits, of profits and rent, the starting-point of his investigation, naively taking this antagonism […]

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 A Modern Fairy Tale

1st March 2021

Palace in Blunderland From the February 1944 issue of the Socialist Standard Once upon a time there was. a strange world called Bluuderland. In this world there was a palace in which there lived Baron Butrich. He wore the most costly clothes, and adorned himself with bejewelled rings on his fat fingers, and a sparkling tie-pin in […]

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Bellamy, socialism and utopia

26th February 2021

 Winter 1987-88 issue of the World Socialist For as long as there has been human oppression there have been dreams of the oppressed. Oppressed people have not usually had access to the means of recording their dreams, so too many of them have been lost. Nor have they had the power to communicate their dreams as […]

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Socialism is a worldwide solution

22nd February 2021

From the Summer 1986 issue of the World Socialist The world we inhabit is split up into many competing units called nations. The nation is a product of property society; it is an area in which one group of property-owners is dominant and has borders and tariff regulations and armies keep its rivals out. The capitalist class — […]

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