Why You Should be a Socialist

capitalism isnt working smallRob Sewell, editor of Socialist Appeal (Britain), looks at the ongoing crisis of capitalism, the growing inequality in the world today, and the potential for transforming our lives on the basis of modern technology, and explains why you should join the fight for the revolutionary socialist transformation of society.

On Equality: Them and Us

inequalityThe average person has no shortage of misconceptions about Marxism and Socialism. There are, of course, the obvious ones: the conflation of Marxism and Stalinism, and of socialism and the capitalist welfare state. But perhaps just as widespread is another claim. Pro-capitalist education has propagandized the idea that Marxists are concerned only with an abstract notion of “equality,” and that this is an ideal from which we attempt to create a “utopia.” Many liberal intellectuals are quick to “defend” the Marxists with the claim that “communism is a good idea on paper—but it just can't work in practice.” What wonderful “friends” these are, who think we are small children!

Michael Albert and Parecon

michael-albert-mainIn the United States, and throughout the more advanced countries of the West, the numbers for youth unemployment are approaching “third world” levels. Public education is being slashed across the country, as state governments reckon with massive deficits, transferred from the private sector through immense bailouts of the banks. 1.5 million children in the U.S. are homeless. To put it bluntly, the future for young people in America is bleak. In these conditions, millions of youth are beginning to question whether capitalism has anything to offer. There is a lot of interest in the ideas of people like Noam Chomsky and Michael Albert. But what do these ideas, particularly Albert's "Parecon," actually offer in the way of a theoretical guide to action?

The Puzzle of Productive and Unproductive Labor

digging-a-holeIn their desperate search for profitable fields of investment, the capitalist class, especially the financial oligarchy, has presided over an explosive growth of unproductive expenditure that today threatens to undermine the very edifice of capitalism. As more and more surplus value is siphoned off into unproductive activities, the issue of “productive” and “unproductive” labor has once again resurfaced as a factor contributing to, and a reflection of, the present terminal decline of world capitalism.