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The Monument: The Story of the Socialist Party of Great Britain Paperback – 8 Jan 1976

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press (8 Jan. 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0904383008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0904383003
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,270,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In June 2004, a small Marxist political party based in London marked its centenary celebrations with an editorial in its magazine, 'Socialist Standard', entitled, "Movement Or Monument?" For the Socialist Party of Great Britain ('the SPGB' or "the Socialist Party"), Britain's oldest surviving socialist political party - and Britain's only socialist political party - this must have been a poignant time to reflect on 100 years of propagandising and socialist activity. The editors defiantly laid out a justification of the Socialist Party's existence as a Movement, not a mere Monument, and they also set down a defence of the Party's numerous and luminary contributions to revolutionary socialist theory.

The Socialist Party is of the Impossibilist school of Marxist thought. That is to say, it rejects altogether a reformist strategy for achieving socialism. Note, the Socialist Party does not reject, dismiss or discount the value of reforms necessarily, only a reformist strategy, though some reforms - such as nationalisation, are excoriated as not only reformist but positively capitalist. The Socialist Party is probably the only political party in Britain to hold this type of position. The Socialist Party believes that a socialist society can only be achieved by the democratic will of a conscious majority. It therefore focuses its time and resources on education and propaganda, and fights the odd election to raise awareness.

The socialist society envisaged by the Socialist Party is a moneyless, borderless, stateless society with production for use, not profit, and all assets and resources under the democratic control of the community.
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