George Walford: The Workers Own Nothing

THE WORKERS OWN NOTHING. WHAT, NOTHING? YES, NOTHING. WHAT, NOTHING? WELL, HARDLY ANYTHING.

The Socialist Party of Great Britain tell us the working class own no part of the world’s wealth. Clause Number Two of their Declaration of Principles defines the workers as “those who produce but do not posses.”

In the Head Office of the Socialist Party there is a large wall-chart prominently displayed. It gives the different percentages of the population owning various percentages of the wealth; as one percentage goes up the other one goes down.

But this chart, so boldly featured by the Socialist Party, does not show any part of the population owning no part of the wealth.

from Ideological Commentary 13, September 1984.