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The World Socialist Movement (WSM) is an international
organisation of socialist parties created in 1904 with the founding of the Socialist
Party of Great Britain (SPGB). The member parties share a common classical
Marxist worldview and an adherence to socialism defined as a distinct economic system from
capitalism. As a result, the parties of the WSM are held
in sharp contrast to social democratic political parties and Marxist–Leninist movements. In contrast to social democratic parties,
the WSM parties do not pursue social and economic reforms to capitalism, nor do they seek political
office in electoral politics and they do not focus on “progressive” causes, believing such
actions to be irrelevant to their fundamental goal of socialism. In contrast to Marxist–Leninist communist
parties, they do not subscribe to the theories of imperialism, vanguardism and democratic
centralism, believing such practices to be antithetical to the realisation of socialism. The WSM defines socialism as a moneyless society
based on common ownership of the means of production, production for use and social
relations based on cooperative and democratic associations as opposed to bureaucratic hierarchies. Additionally, the WSM includes statelessness,
classlessness and the abolition of wage labor as characteristics of a socialist society—characteristics
that are usually reserved to describe a communist society, but that both Karl Marx and Friedrich
Engels used to describe interchangeable with the words “socialism” and “communism”.==Object==
The WSM sees its function as the proliferation of socialist ideas and the dissemination of
structural analyses and critiques of capitalism as well as to correct misconceptions regarding
socialism and to make people aware of the structural issues inherent to capitalism while
facilitating open debate regarding the future organisation of a post-capitalist society.==Positions=====Capitalism===
The WSM maintains that capitalism is a regressive and backwards system given modern civilisations’
current level of technological and economic development. Regardless of how progressive capitalism becomes,
it cannot meet the needs of the majority of the population and solve its inherent structural
issues. The WSM as an organisation does not participate
in labor union activity, social activism or “progressive” movements although individual
members may and are permitted to do so, so long as they remain within the context of
economic/social rather than political activism. The WSM perceives such activity (such as support
for organised labour unions) to be within the scope of the current capitalist system
and therefore insufficient for bringing about fundamental change in the structure of society
because the demands of such activities are to reform capitalism.The WSM is also differentiated
from the majority of socialist parties that have become defined by their strategy and
immediate demands—and in the case of social democratic parties—preoccupied with gaining
and maintaining political office, adopting capitalist perspectives in the process.===Socialism===
The WSM defines socialism in its classical formulation as a “system of society based
upon the common ownership and democratic control of the means and instruments for producing
and distributing wealth by and in the interest of the community”. Socialism is characterised as a stateless,
propertyless, post-monetary economy based on calculation in kind, a free association
of producers (workplace democracy) and free access to goods and services produced solely
for use and not for exchange.===Impossibilism===The WSM takes an anti-Leninist stance, arguing
that a vanguard party and single-party state is antithetical to the development of socialism
and prone to corruption. The WSM believes that socialism can only be
achieved through mass support for socialism and educating the public toward that end and
neither promotes nor opposes political reforms of capitalism (such as social democracy),
criticising such reforms as being ineffective for promoting a fundamental restructuring
of society toward socialism. The WSM is also opposed to a transition stage
between capitalism and socialism, such as “market socialism”, arguing that such a transitional
stage is no longer necessary given modern technology.==Activity==The WSM’s activities are solely based on the
realisation of socialism and nothing unrelated else to socialism, such as social activism
and campaigning for non-socialist, socially progressive causes that are irrelevant to
socialism as a distinct system from capitalism. The WSM do stand in elections on occasion
as they believe that sending delegates to parliament is a useful tool within the socialist
revolution as an additional measure along with a bottom-up reorganisation of society
on the basis of socialism. This view places them within the context of
Marxism and therefore distinguishes them from many anarchist organisations that may support
the idea of socialism as the WSM sees it, but not the Marxist tactics they propose.===Publications===
World Socialist. OCLC 474640161. was a bi-annual journal that
was produced by the international from 1983 to 1987 and the international’s only publication
to date (World Socialism 69 was a multilingual publication by the Socialist Party of Great
Britain). The Western Socialist Journal was published
from 1933 to 1980, but from 1939 involved at least two companion parties in North America. Socialist Comment involved at least two companion
parties in Australasia.===Radio===
The World Socialist Party of New Zealand run Radio Imagine out of Manurewa, Auckland.==Companion parties==
All the parties, except the Austrian LDS, began as offshoots from the Socialist Party
of Great Britain. WSM members in countries without a companion
party of their own are as a rule SPGB members. It is made up of the following parties: Socialist Party of Canada (WSM)
Socialist Party of Great Britain World Socialist Party of Australia
World Socialist Party of India (1995–2003; 2014–present)
World Socialist Party (Ireland) World Socialist Party (New Zealand)
World Socialist Party of the United StatesThe following were companion parties of the WSM,
but have disaffiliated or been expelled: League of Democratic Socialists (Austria)
Socialist Party of North America (1911)In 1979, a group used to exist in Sweden with
the name Världsocialistiska gruppen (World Socialist Group). This group believed an altered version of
the Object and Declaration of Principles of the Companion Parties of Socialism. It was not a political party, but it wanted
there to be a socialist party in Sweden.==See also==Classical Marxism
Communist society Libertarian socialism
Orthodox Marxism Scientific socialism
Socialism (Marxism) Socialist economics==Notes====External links==
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