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The more folks join the World Socialist Party of the United States (WSPUS) the more we will be able to get our ideas across. The more experiences and skills we will be able to draw on and the more ideas we will have for building the movement for socialism.

The WSPUS and other parties belonging to the World Socialist Movement (WSM) are organizations of socialists and organizations of equals. There are no leaders and there are no followers. And we want to keep it that way.

That is why, unlike most political organizations, the WSPUS accepts as members only applicants who have passed a test in socialist theory. This ensures that our party will remain socialist. It also ensures that it will remain democratic, because it prevents an internal division emerging between a dominant core of ‘leading theorists’ and rank-and-file members who rely on their guidance.

At present, applications to join the WSPUS are being handled by our companion party in the United Kingdom, the Socialist Party of Great Britain (SPGB). If and when you decide to apply to join the WSPUS, please go to, where you will be asked to provide contact information and answer a series of questions in socialist theory.

Upon passing the test you will become a member of the WSPUS. At the same time, unless you request otherwise, you will become a member of the internal discussion list of the WSPUS.

If you prefer to apply by ordinary (non-electronic) mail, please send your contact information and answers to the Membership Applications Committee, SPGB, 52 Clapham High Street, London SW4 7UN, UK.

Before You Apply to Join

We hope that you will join the WSPUS, but we do not want you to apply to join before you are sure that you agree with our ideas and are ready to take the test.

Before taking the test we strongly recommend that you read the articles on the Introductory Reading List.

Here are some other things you can do to learn more about our ideas.

— You can explore other websites of the WSPUS and WSM. For the site of the WSM as a whole go to For links to sites of other WSM companion parties go to For the World Socialist Party of India go to A site devoted to the meaning of socialism is

— You can request to be sent free literature published by the WSPUS. Submit the form here or contact me at the e-mail address below.

— You can request a free three-month trial subscription to The Socialist Standard, journal of the SPGB, by going to

Stephen Shenfield

General Secretary of the WSPUS

<[email protected]>

  1. Eddie Duffield says:

    I was an active member in the late 1980’s through the 1990’s.

    1. Eddie Duffield says:

      Harry was the correspondent.

      1. Roel says:

        I almost forgot to mention, if you want to get in email contact with us, you should try for starters. That way, we can help you get back into the swing of things.

        Ron Elbert

  2. I am interested in renewing my membership and becoming an active member again.

    1. Roel says:

      Hello, Comrade Eddie Duffield!

      You sure can renew your membership, as long as you still subscribe to our Principles & consider that capitalism is broken beyond all fixing. I will notify our membership ASAP once you reply to this message. It wouldn’t hurt to download our current Membership Application & review it, of course. I will also add you to our online discussion list & send you relevant documents like the last revised Constitution and Rules, an introductory CD & so on. Your best course of action, I think, would be to introduce yourself to the other comrades on the discussion list.

      So please let me hear from you. I have to apologize for letting this slide so long; we are trying to regain a semblance of normal activity after a series of unfortunate reverses, and we have once again a bit of catching up to do.

      Yours for socialism,

      Ron Elbert for the NAC

  3. Jimmy Harkin says:

    I’m unable to do very much I cannot afford to give money, but I can hand out materials. I’m a socialist because I hate poverty. I see a lot of it every time I’m in DC. I see some of it in Baltimore, but more of it in Dc.
    I wish to stay a member but apply for a hardship as money, is a huge problem for me as I don’t have enough of it to spare. Jimmy Harkin

  4. Mike Browne says:

    Hi I am a member if the SPGB, on the advertising committee. I would like to ask your party about your 100 years anniversary, as a member of the SPGB has proposed placing some adverts in US publications. I would like to be able to email you about this.
    the adverts committee is best contacted at [email protected] where the three members of the ads committee are linked to. I can only find this e-address to contact youf
    For a socialist society
    Mike Browne
    p.s. you can email the party to check about this if you like as it is not a wind up!

  5. vincent maratty says:

    comrades I am a member of the SPGB for 35 year I WOULD LIKE TO TRANSFER

    1. Roel says:

      Hi, Comrade Vince,

      I’ll relay your request to our comrades on the Website right away. Can’t see there being any problem. Have you said anything to your EC?

      Ron Elbert

  6. Jimmy Harkin says:

    Hello There Comrades, I know I have asked this question a few times, probably more times than I should, but
    I still don’t understand why it is the WSM, won’t allow God, believers to join. Does it really matter. If we profess to be democratic and very much opposed to telling people how they should think why does it matter.

    1. Nate Zavala says:

      Well, religion is typically rejected by socialists because of the lack of evidence religion has, and it’s tendencies of controlling people. Religion tends to be a tool of control from governments. But, personally I think you should still be able to join.

  7. Anon says:

    How can I do something for the Illinois branch? Is it a branch of WSP in Illinois?

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