Published: September 2014
Author & Intro by: Pat Byrne
When The Socialist Network was founded two years ago it set itself the key task of producing a new Socialist Manifesto for discussion in the international labour movement. Since then we have produced drafts of some of the ideas that will undoubtedly form the backbone of the Manifesto. The following article is a further contribution to the discussion on the Manifesto.
The socialist movement’s historical critique of capitalism is undoubtedly a powerful one. But I would suggest that in some important regards it has tended to be too narrow and thus much less effective that it could have been. This narrowness has also reduced the credibility of our alternative to capitalism, as well as the breadth of the movement that we need to build in order to achieve it. In this, the first of a series of articles, I will start by explaining what I mean by looking at the concept of Exploitation.