Author: alanjjohnstone

The Greater and Better Charter

5th October 2022

Practically every school student knows about the Magna Carta. In contrast, few are acquainted with the Charter of the Forests – the Carta de Foresta.  (Only two copies of this second charter survive, one of them at Lincoln Cathedral and the other at Durham Cathedral.) While Magna Carta spoke mainly of the rights of the barons, the Forest Charter […]

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Simpler is Better

3rd October 2022

Critics of the World Socialist Movement assert it is impossible to have an economy which excludes such things as prices, money and wages, claiming that these are necessarily exist in any economy. The WSM says it is well documented by anthropologists, that there has been many societies which has not involved a monetary economy – in fact some exist […]

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The World Socialist Party of the United States

30th September 2022

A socialist party that some say is a relic from the past still clings to life-support and hopes its message will resonate. It is attempting to sow its ideas on more favorable soil, now that American political life is showing promising signs of a revival. However, a definite class ideology by no means exists as yet and the […]

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Power to No One but to Every One

28th September 2022

There is an old adage, if the people lead, the leaders will follow. “There goes my people. I must follow them, for I am their leader.” Gandhi said (probably apocryphal.) Rather than a leader being in advance and in the vanguard of a movement he or she is only the reflection of it. The actions of […]

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We Are All Foreigners

26th September 2022

“What happens to workers anywhere is the business of socialists everywhere”  Borders have been around for so long they seem natural. People can’t imagine a world without them and they’re told it would be impossible, although once upon a time there were no borders in the modern sense of the word. Even today millions of […]

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Selections from Anton Pannekoek

25th September 2022

Pannekoek, a neglected Marxist theorist, marginalised by the Left and dismissed by the Leninists, found it difficult to have his ideas disseminated and the Western Socialist , the journal of of the World Socialist Party of the United States, companion party of the World Socialist Movement, published a number of his essays. Many anarchists are sympathetic to […]

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Selections from Paresh Chattopadhyay

24th September 2022

Another non-WSM member highly regarded by us is Paresh Chattopadhay and some of his analyses is worth citing. “…the Bolshevised socialism is a state under the absolute rule of the communist party, passing for a proletarian state, owning the means of production under the appellation of “public ownership” and employing wage labour whose products take […]

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Selections from Gerrard Winstanley

23rd September 2022

Gerrard Winstanley’s writings are cloaked in the religious phrases of its time. “In the beginning of Time, the great Creator Reason, made the Earth to be a Common Treasury, to preserve Beasts, Birds, Fishes, and Man, the lord that was to govern this Creation; for Man had Domination given to him, over the Beasts, Birds, […]

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Selections from Eugene Debs

21st September 2022

The World Socialist Movement admire Debs and on the whole, we share much of his outlook. There is one important issue on which we do not agree with Debs – the attitude that a socialist party should take toward reforms and reformism. This disagreement is explained in a commentary inserted after one of the quotations. […]

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Selections from Rosa Luxemburg (1906-09)

19th September 2022

Rosa Luxemburg was not infallible. Her economic theories have been found somewhat wanting.  However, there are many of her ideas on socialism that remain relevant and we can learn from these. On the Day after the Social Revolution   ”… there can be nothing more foolish than wanting to predict the shape of socialist society. The more […]

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