A worldwide system of society based on common ownership and democratic control of the means for producing and distributing wealth by and in the interest of the whole human community.

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World Socialism (it's the system your planet would choose)

The World Socialist Party US is part of the World Socialist Movement. The World Socialist Movement consists of socialist ‘companion parties,’ groups, and individuals in various countries. You may like to explore the websites of our companion parties in Britain and Canada: The Socialist Party of Great Britain and The Socialist Party of Canada.

The goal of the World Socialist Movement is world socialism, which we define as ‘a world society based on the common ownership and democratic control of the means of production and distribution by and in the interest of the community as a whole.’

The word ‘socialism’ is used by different people to mean different things. An essential feature of socialism as we understand it is democracy. We also hold that socialism must be established by democratic means. The World Socialist Movement itself is organized democratically.

For further discussion of the meaning of socialism, see the website ‘What Is Socialism?’.

Capitalism is inherently unjust, exploitative, and predatory. Its ruthless pursuit of profit ruins the natural environment on which all life depends. Its rivalries sow conflicts that may escalate to nuclear war and destroy civilization. Only socialism can ensure human survival.

We invite you to join us, help spread socialist ideas, and lay the basis for a better life for everyone. Where else will you get the chance to argue about the finer points of dialectical materialism? We also encourage you to donate and buy some of our merch. Your generous donations and purchases allow us to continue our organizational and educational efforts. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions and remember: the emancipation of the working class must be the work of the working class itself.

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    Pogroms — from Russia to Palestine

    Personal introduction: the Smorgon pogrom of 1915 Smorgon was a Jewish town near the western border of the tsarist empire, in the Vilna Province (roughly but not exactly corresponding to today’s Lithuania: today’s Smorgon is in Belarus). My grandmother Manya was born there in 1895. In August and September 1915 Smorgon was engulfed in the battles of the First World War. Russian Cossacks took up positions in the town on…

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  • Letting the Cat Out of the Bag

    Letting the Cat Out of the Bag

    About an imaginary conversation that originally appeared in the October 1937 issue of The United Automobile Worker.

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  • Those Who Die as Cattle

    Those Who Die as Cattle

    What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?       — Only the monstrous anger of the guns.       Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle Can patter out their hasty orisons. No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;        Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,— The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;       And bugles calling for them from sad shires. In his Anthem to Doomed Youth, Wilfred Owen was writing about…

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