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National constitution and platform of the Socialist Party
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Socialist Party (U.S.). National constitution and platform of the Socialist Party - Image 22. 1917. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 21, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2253/show/2246.

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Socialist Party (U.S.). (1917). National constitution and platform of the Socialist Party - Image 22. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2253/show/2246

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Title National constitution and platform of the Socialist Party
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Socialist Party (U.S.)
Publisher National Office, Socialist Party
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • Chicago, Illinois
Date 1917
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Socialism
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • United States
Genre (AAT)
  • pamphlets
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Original Item Extent 22 pages; 16 cm.
Original Item Location HX89.S73 1917
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8304513~S11
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections
Use and Reproduction This item is in the public domain and may be used freely.
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Transcript The workin'g class, owning no industries, lives by getting wages. The worker sells the only thing that he owns, his power to labor. This power to labor lessens with his advancing years. Controlling the government, the capitalist class makes laws in its own interest. Behind these class laws is every instrument of the government to defend and make sacred the private ownership of land and industries and special privileges by which labor is robbed. Thus the economic question is a political question. How you live is a political question of momentous importance. The theory of a democratic government is the greatest good to the greatest number. The working class far out-numbers the capitalist class. Here is the natural advantage of the working class. By uniting solidly in a political party of its own, it can capture the government and all its powers and use them in its own interest. The Socialist Party aims to abolish this class war with all its evils and to substitute for capitalism a new order ot co-operation, wherein the workers shall own and control all the economic factors of life. It calls upon all workers to unite, to strike as they vote and to vote as they strike, all against the master class. Only through this combination of our powers can we establish the co-operative commonwealth, wherein the workers shall own their jobs and receive the full social value of their product. The necessities of life will then be produced, not for the profits of the few, but for the comfort and happiness of all who labor. Instead of privately owned industries, with masters and slaves, there will be the common ownership of the means of life, and all the opportunities and resources of the world will be equal and free to all. This magnificent goal represents the supreme ideal of the human race. As such it is to the highest interest of every human being to join in the struggle of the working class and help fight to a finish the battle which will free all men and women and lift them to a position infinitely higher and better than can ever be possible so long as the system of capitalism endures. 20 :