Berkay Kartav, London Socialist Party organiser
On a daily basis, we are reminded of the horrors of war as millions of people flee their homes and thousands lose their lives in Ukraine. It’s not just in Ukraine – there is turmoil in other parts of the world too.
In Yemen where there is an ongoing civil war, nearly 80% of the population are in need of humanitarian aid.
The skyrocketing cost of living in most countries is inflicting more misery upon the living standards of millions of working-class people.
Meanwhile, the tiny minority in society – the capitalist classes – are continuing to make massive profits at the expense of the rest of society.
But we also see impressive mass struggles taking place, like that erupting in Sri Lanka, whose workers and the poor have been fighting back against the bosses and their political representatives.
More and more people are drawing the conclusion that capitalism is a system in decay. It offers us nothing but war, poverty and an environmental catastrophe.
While the CEOs of big businesses are giving themselves enormous pay packages and bonuses, workers are expected to earn the same wage as they did before, or even less.
Mainstream pro-capitalist parties around the world defend this system. They all agree with each other that it should be working-class people who should pay the price of capitalism. But we say no – we won’t pay for the system’s failings!
There is an urgent need to build new mass workers’ parties that can fight in the interests of working-class people – whether it is to defend the local library or to call for socialist nationalisation of energy companies and other public utilities.
The Socialist Party goes further and argues for the need to take the power and wealth out of the hands of the super-rich capitalists. We need the socialist transformation of society, to reorganise society to meet the needs of the overwhelming majority, not the billionaires.