Hard-core Socialists are still alive and kicking in Britain, writes Schadenfreude, our secret Brussels columnist.
The leading left wing parties in Europe call themselves Socialist. Socialism pits itself against capitalism. In Britain the Socialist party calls itself Labour just as Nazi Germany’s National Socialist Party (Nazi) called itself the German Workers’ Party.
But there is another Socialist Party which few have heard of. It does not take part in the electoral competition. It is called World Socialism and is based in Britain.
Its modest enough objective is: “The establishment of a system of society based on the common ownership and democratic control of the means and instruments for producing and distributing wealth by and in the interest of the whole community.”
It explains that there will be no money. Everything is free. There are no bills and no debts. If you want to help you can “drive a bus… fix plumbing…brew beer …rehearse a play”… do nothing if you want. Nobody is rich and nobody is poor. There are no leaders. All decisions are shared. “It is not Utopia” , the party says, but cooperative management solves any problems that occur.
Beside this, Brave New World Communism is primitive. It may have taken control of the means of production and distribution but it established a ruling class, which also took control of all human activity, including thought.
The only surprise is that this self-styled World Socialism exists. Its advocates do not explain how “all decisions are shared”. Who thinks them up, shares them, decides that they are adopted and puts them into force – against the wishes of any minority?
The movement admits that it is not utopia. Many would call it dystopia.