Here we publish the parties who used to be called socialist and leftist. Today however they are right-wing, pro-capitalist and in favor of austerity. These social democrats claim to be progressive and social while in governments with liberals and conservatives behave like all bourgeois capitalist parties. Revolutionary Socialist Media exposes their betrayal and how they turned on the working class. The absence of genuine workers parties allows these social democrats to win leftist voters, although they have abandoned their leftist ideology a long time ago!
The Party of Labour is the traitorous social democratic party of the Netherlands. In the 1980’s, the party abandoned their quest for democratic socialism and accepted the market dictatorship. By 1995 it was clear that the PvdA was no longer the party of the working class. Today the social democrats claim to be a progressive people’s party, in reality they support austerity and deep cuts in social security. Former PvdA leader Wim Kok is the face of Dutch social democratic betrayal. A trade unionist leader in the 1980’s Kok became prime minister and introduced neoliberalism. It would take another 22 years before workers finally decided to dump the social democrats. On 15 March 2017 the Party of Labour was reduced to a minor party, losing 2/3 of its seats. Many Dutch workers now realize that the PvdA is no longer their party!
The Social-democratic Party of Germany was among the first workers parties in the world and also one of the first who betrayed the working class. This started in 1914 when the SPD supported the war plans of Emperor Wilhelm of the German Empire. When the war started the social-democratic party called on workers to be patriotic and join the Imperial German Army. After four years the SPD turned against the emperor and took power. Together with the bourgeoisie of Germany they ruled the unstable Weimar Republic. The Nazi’s banned the party in 1933, but the SPD returned in 1945 as a reformist socialist party. Marxist socialism was renounced in 1959 and like most social democrats the SPD accepted capitalism and the rule of the markets, by the late 1980’s!
The Labour Party used to be the party of British workers until it betrayed its socialist ideology in the late 1980’s. Labour was founded in 1900 but started as a Marxist socialist party in 1918. Until Tony Blair took control over the party Labour stood for the nationalization of the means of production. However in 1995 New Labour removed any references to socialism, turning Labour into a fully pro-capitalist party. Under the leadership of Blair the Labour Party supported the right-wing Republican Party in the USA, when they invaded Afghanistan and Iraq. Today the Labour Party maybe the only social democratic party that is moving back to the left-wing. Jeremy Corbyn is the new party leader and unlike Tony Blair he is willing to fight for working class people. It remains to be seen if the whole party can be transformed back into a party for British workers!
The Socialist Party is the party of French social democrats. A relative young party compared to the other former workers parties. The PS was founded in 1968 and used to be democratic socialist. Still the party was not revolutionary and remained loyal to moderate socialism. In 1981 the PS promised ”socialism in 100 days”. François Mitterrand was elected president of France and because he got support from the French Communist Party, leftist forces got a majority in the parliament. But president Mitterrand betrayed the workers as the capitalists of France turned against him. Fearing capital flight and economic sabotage by the ruling class, the president abandoned his ”socialism in 100 days”. The PS never build socialism, proofing to the world the traitorous nature of social democracy!
The Spanish Socialist Workers Party used to be a workers party until it renounced Marxist socialism. Together with the Spanish Communist Party the PSOE took power in 1936. Spain was a republic at that time and while the social democrats and stalinists took control over the bourgeois state, revolutionary socialists and anarchists called for a Spanish Revolution. But the PSOE and PCE (communist party) rejected the revolution and used the Republican Army to crush the workers and peasants who struggled for socialism. Right-wing nationalists under general Franco then started a civil war that led to the collapse of the republic. The PSOE was banned until Franco died. At the end of the 1970’s the PSOE moved away from Marxism and became social democratic. By 1990 the party was fully capitalist and supported the formation of the European Union and a single European capitalist market!
The Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement was the largest left-wing party of Greece until 2012. PASOK was founded as a democratic socialist party and like all reformists moved away from Marxist socialism. As a pro-European party PASOK supported the formation of the European Union, although many leftists inside the party were critical. Still the EU supporters gained the upper-hand and carried out a neoliberal program of ”modernization” as they called it. In reality PASOK moved to the right-wing and started to support austerity as demanded by the Troika of European imperialism. Greek workers voted on PASOK in 2009 to punish the right-wing: New Democracy party. But PASOK betrayed the workers and carried out the same austerity politics like New Democracy!
The Coalition of the Radical Left used to be a small Greek coalition to the left of social democracy. It was founded in 2004 but was only able to grow after the massive betrayal of PASOK. The coalition became more popular then the social democrats as many Greek workers started to look towards SYRIZA as a force against austerity. The former coalition became a political party in 2012 and won the elections of January 2015. SYRIZA desperately tried to make compromises with the Euro-Group, after this failed they surrendered to European imperialism. The former ”radical-leftists” betrayed not only their socialist ideology but the trust of millions. Under EU orders these pseudo-socialists now enforce austerity and privatizations of seaports and airports!
The Italian Socialist Party is a new social democratic party in Italy. Founded in 2007 after the first PSI went bankrupt in 1994. The current PSI is part of the bigger Democratic Party, a pro-capitalist party. In Italy, the socialist party always stood in the shadows of the Italian Communist Party. Until 1991 the communists always outfoxed the socialists. When the Italian Communist Party was dissolved, the social democrats could have become the biggest left-wing party. But political corruption is high in Italy and the PSI was involved in scandals that killed the party. 12 years after the collapse of the original party, a new PSI was created by different moderate social democratic groups. This Italian Socialist Party is however not a revolutionary party nor a true socialist force for change!
The Australian Labor Party (ALP) is a pro-capitalist social democratic party. Founded in 1901 the ALP used to be democratic socialist until it capitulated before capitalism. Labor used to believe in the democratic socialisation of industry, production, distribution and exchange. But today they support the private sector and even have carried out privatisations and deregulation. The Australian Labor Party does not call itself socialist, which is indeed what they are not. Australian social democrats are pro-capitalist, anti-worker and have been supporters of American imperialist agression. Because Australia (like most nations) lacks a genuine socialist party for workers and poor people, the ALP is able to portray itself as the only left-wing force in the nation. Although they have never carried out socialist politics!
The Bulgarian Socialist Party comes from a different background then most social democratic parties of Europe. Until 1990 the BSP was named the Bulgarian Communist Party, the ruling Stalinist party of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria. In April 1990 the Bulgarian Communist Party abandoned stalinism and Marxist socialism altogether. The new BSP became pro-capitalist and accepted the rule of the markets. Many Bulgarian workers turned to the ex-stalinists after the pro-capitalist parties failed to deliver genuine changes. But the BSP turned out to be just as corrupt and pro-capitalist as the right-wing parties. Because there is no socialist alternative many keep voting on the social democrats, although the Bulgarian Socialist Party does not follow socialism!
The Hungarian Socialist Party is also an ex-Stalinist reincarnation. In October 1989 the Hungarian Socialist Workers Party (MSZMP) abandoned their monopoly on power in the Hungarian People’s Republic. The party changed its name to MSZP adopted social democracy and became pro-capitalist. As a neoliberal party the new MSZP started with massive austerity cuts in 1995. Still the anticommunist media in Hungary remained very anti-MSZP, attacking them on almost any issue. The social democratic leaders tried desperate to appeal to the new ruling class, who became rich at the expense of Hungarian workers. In 1994 the people voted massive on the MSZP, but they were betrayed as the social democrats turned to the right-wing. The Hungarian Socialist Party is loyal to capitalist law and the bourgeois state!