You've read the lies about SOCIALISM ... now read the FACTS!

You've read the lies about SOCIALISM
... now read the FACTS!

YOU'VE READ THE LIE that socialism would result in the loss of individual liberty; that all power would be surrendered to the state or the government, and a harsh bureaucracy would regulate our lives and enforce blind obedience.

THE FACT IS that socialism rejects the state! Socialists hold with Karl Marx that "The existence of the state is inseparable from the existence of slavery." How then, in the name of common sense, could socialists wish to glorify the state and surrender to it?

On the contrary - where there is socialism, there can be no state, and where there is a state, there can be no socialism!

Socialist government will rest on industrial democracy. All power will reside in the hands of the people. Their representatives - elected democratically from industry - will have the privilege of serving, but not the power of ruling over, their industrial constituents.

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YOU'VE READ THE LIE that socialism means nationalization, or government ownership and control of industry.

THE FACT IS that socialism rejects nationalization or government ownership of industry!

Government ownership, government control, are long-standing feature of capitalism - viz., post offices, sanitation, transportation systems, etc. Government ownership is bureaucratic management of industries that have outgrown management by individual capitalists or combinations of capitalists.

For the workers, government ownership is merely a change of masters - it brings no solution to their problems. Socialism is not a mere change of masters. Socialism means complete control of their tools and products by the workers. It guarantees this by placing the factories, the mines, the railroads, the land - all social wealth - under social ownership and control. Not a state, not the capitalists, not a bureaucracy, but the people collectively own, control, and democratically manage the means to produce and distribute all social wealth under socialism.

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YOU'VE READ THE LIE that Great Britain had, and Russia has, socialism.

THE FACT IS that socialism has never been established in any country on earth!

What happened in Great Britain was that the phony Labor party took over the government and ran some of the basic industries in the interest of the capitalist class. Nothing was changed except that, instead of being exploited directly by the capitalists, the workers were exploited by the state for the benefit of the capitalist class.

Nor is there socialism in despotic Russia. True, Russia is not a capitalist nation, but there is a feudo-oligarchic state in Russia, a despotic, brutal state. There is exploitation of the workers under a wage system - ruthless exploitation. There is a privileged ruling class in Russia - a bureaucracy that is domineering and all-powerful. In the name of socialism, the despotic rulers of Russia have betrayed everything socialism stands for.

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YOU'VE READ THE LIE that socialism is against religion, that it is atheistic.

THE FACT IS that the socialist position on religion is the same as that of the Constitution of the United States! Religion, we say, is a private matter - a matter of individual concern and personal preference.

However, when organized religious groups enter the field of politics, and, behind the cloak of religion, defend the morally and socially criminal capitalist system, and when in that defense they attack and vilify and misrepresent socialism, we tear aside the religious masquerade, and expose such political machines as defenders of capitalism and enemies of the workers.

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YOU'VE READ THE LIE that socialism would destroy incentive, enforce an equality of poverty - and that it just won't work.

THE FACT IS that socialism would broaden and stimulate incentive, offer an equality of opportunity with abundance for all, and work with less friction than any social system ever conceived by man.

Capitalism offers incentive to capitalists, incentive that is stimulated or discouraged by the chance of making or not making a profit. Socialism would offer incentive to all. Instead of fearing the loss of their jobs as a result of improved methods of production, workers would know that every such improvement would mean more leisure and more of the good things of life. Thus, socialism would give an unprecedented impetus to incentive on the part of all the members of a free society.

Capitalism keeps the workers on the ragged edge of pauperdom, by forcing them to keep their noses to the grindstone in order to eke out a bare existence. Socialism would offer an equality of opportunity under which each worker would become the architect of his own future.

Capitalism functions so badly that increased production spells war or depression. When capitalists cannot profitably dispose of the wealth of which they despoil the workers, factories close and unemployment mounts. In order to avoid such depressions at home, capitalists seek foreign markets. The competition for such markets leads inevitably to war. Socialism would function smoothly because socialist production would be carried on for use, and not for sale and private profit. The anarchy of capitalist production would be replaced by socialist cooperation, based on the principle that each worker should receive the equivalent of the full social value of his product.

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Many more lies are circulated about socialism, but space does not permit us to explode them here. The important question presents itself: who invents and circulates these lies? The answer is: the capitalist class, its spokesmen and representatives. They have a stake, a vested interest, in the capitalist system. They could not, if they would, give a disinterested appraisal of socialism, or tell the truth about it. To learn the facts about relativity one goes to an Einstein, not to a crystal-gazer. Socialists alone are competent to give the facts and the truth about socialism.

The Socialist Labor Party, organized in 1890, is now, and has been since its inception, the only genuine socialist organization in the United States. Whether ones agrees or not that socialism offers the only workable solution to the grave social problems of our age, one must acknowledge that the only way to find out what socialism really is is to consult authorities on the subject, not quacks or hostile elements.

Are you one of the millions of Americans who entertain false and distorted concepts about socialism? If you are, then surely, if only in fairness to yourself, not to mention the momentous issues at stake, you will want to get the facts straight. Do this by studying the literature and program of the Socialist Labor Party. Write us for full information, and learn what socialism really means.