Hmmm I crack a joke and the Kipper trolls come out to play. Sorry Aph.
(Original post by Rakas21)
Do any socialists believe in the abolition of private property rights and the traditional command economy model or are you all co-operative types.
As usual, speaking for myself here and not the party. I absolutely believe in the abolition of private property rights, but I'm very much a co-operative type. Command economies are inefficient in most areas, and to me state control of factories is just as exploitative as private corporate control. Let co-ops take control and reap the rewards.
(Original post by Wellzi)
What is the Socialist Party's view on nationalism?
Again speaking for myself, (although I think virtually everyone else in the party shares a similar view), I hate it. Nationalism is a disgusting thing. I also dislike any notion of patriotism. Nation states are largely abstract concepts and pretty irrelevant. I declare no allegiance to any country, I consider myself British merely because I have a passport, not out of any love or affiliation for "my" country. I was born in one place, someone from China was born somewhere else, but why should that make us any different/superior. People often conflate culture and nationality when really they should be treated as mutually exclusive things. There is a correlation between cultures and the borders of nation states but it doesn't mean they must both exist together. The world would be a much better place if patriotism were to vanish as a concept, in turn destroying nationalism.
(Original post by nebelbon)
Would you say that your party is communist in everything but its official name?
Nope. Words such as Communist, Socialist, Liberal, Conservative are such abstract things that they're pretty useless. Within each branch there are so many different meanings/interpretations of ideas that I've always thought it was pretty pointless to blindly identify yourself with one. It's how those internet flame wars that we've all seen a million times start - "Communism is bad", "
but it's never been tried
", "Soviet Union, Cuba", "they're not communist
" etc etc. Abstract words to define yourself are pretty silly.
You know, "I'm a Conservative" - what does that even mean? Virtually nothing in reality.