Socialism Essay

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socialism




History:
The Socialist Party of the United States of America was formally organized at a unity
convention in Indianapolis in 1901. The two merging groups were the Social Democratic
Party of Eugene Victor Debs and the "Kangaroo" wing of the older Socialist Labor Party.
From the beginning the Socialist Party was the organization for American radicals. Its
membership included Marxists of various kinds, Christian socialists, Zionist and
anti-Zionist Jewish socialists, foreign-language speaking sections, and virtually every
variety of American radical. The Socialist Party historically stressed cooperatives as
much as labor unions, and included the concepts of revolution by education and of
"building the new society within the shell of the old." The Socialist Party aimed to
become a major party; in the years prior to World War I it elected two Members of
Congress, over 70 mayors, innumerable state legislators and city councilors. Its
membership topped 100,000, and its Presidential candidate, Eugene Debs, received close to
a million votes in 1912 and again in 1920.


The outbreak of the war against Fascism and the wartime prosperity weakened all parties on
the left. While the Communist Party suffered the most from the McCarthy period, all the
left was seriously impaired, and by the mid-fifties little remained of organized radical
politics. The Socialist Party was down to about 2,000 members, and had more or less
withdrawn from electoral action in the face of the increasingly restrictive ballot-access
laws passed by state legislatures around the country. In 1956 the Socialist Party and the
Social Democratic Federation reunited, under pressure from the Socialist International
(with which both groups were affiliated).


By 1970, the Socialist Party was showing a growing tendency toward democratic centralism
in practice. At the end of 1972 the Socialist Party, changed its name to Social Democrats
USA. Since 1973 the Socialist Party USA has focused its attention more on grassroots and
local politics, and has dealt with the controversial issue of Presidential politics on a
case-by-case basis. Due to America's restrictive and often undemocratic ballot access laws
(which have made it almost impossible to break the two-party monopoly on national
politics), the party views the races primarily as opportunities for educating the public
about socialism and the need for electoral democracy in the US.



Socialist Party’s Philosophy:
The Socialist Party stands for the abolition of every form of domination and exploitation,
whether based on social class, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, or other
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