Month: March 2020

What Covid reveals about agriculture and food

31 March, 2020 · Global situation

Agricultural and food production has become dysfunctional even within the parameters of the system itself. If agriculture and the food sector are increasingly regulated, subsidized and financialized, it is simply because capitalism does not even work to meet social food needs and the system itself has to prop it up by accumulating band-aids… that do not fix its own underlying dynamics.

Confinement and the limits of social justice

29 March, 2020 · Global situation

The Spanish Labor minister explains today that with the shutdown of part of the production with a permit that needs to be returned in the future to de company as working hours, "everyone gives in, both companies and workers".

Capitalism is definitely an upside-down world and “social justice” is the most cynical expression of this absurdity. Reducing contagion by closing factories is presented as being in the particular interest of the workers, while avoiding further damage to corporate profits would be the “common good”. The common sacrifice is thus, always and in any case, that of the workers: some “recovering” hours when the health crisis subsides, others going to work because their work is essential… so that the average profitability of national capital does not suffer.

Covid is an accelerator, not a brake

27 March, 2020 · Imperialism Report

Strike of a General Electrics branch in Italy.

We are in the middle of the most synchronous and geographically widespread wave of strikes and struggles in the last century. It shows to what extent universal, human needs can only be defended by the workers as a class, because only to the workers do they present themselves as their immediate and direct objective throughout the world. And what is no less important, it shows that we workers are capable of affirming a global alternative when we break with the subordination of our demands to companies’ profits, in other words, when we break with the discourse that unions have been hammering out for years and that they continue to repeat today

The experts’ crisis

26 March, 2020 · Global situation

Fernando Simon, the "pet" expert on Covid of the Spanish government.

Just as with Economic Theory and its experts , social knowledge and the needs of capital diverge because human needs and capital accumulation are increasingly antagonistic. The “expert” then becomes a stuntman whose task is to justify policies and to reassure the population.

EU plans the “recovery” after Covid

25 March, 2020 · European Union

Von der Leyen in the Spanish TV.

Winners and losers of the inter-imperialist brawls in the EU have a common objective: “recovery”, in other words, organizing a brutal transfer of income from labor to capital. Once again, as always, as in any imperialist conflict, the main enemy is within the country itself.

When confinement is a starvation sentence

24 March, 2020 · Global situation

Living the confinement in Barracas, Buenos Aires.

This is about shutting down non-essential production, but at the same time ensuring that production serves basic human needs. Food, water, energy, supplies and medicines must reach everyone and in sufficient quantity during the confinement.

Coronavirus and class struggle

23 March, 2020 · Global situation

«The State counts the money, we will count the dead»

If the pressure to close down ceases to come from the striking workers and becomes part of a faction of the executive, not only will it be possible to manipulate what is an “essential service”, as in Murcia or Italy, until the concept loses all meaning, but the working class strength gained during the struggles will come to nothing It will be handed over to a part of the same class that is already discussing how to distribute the burden of reanimating national capital among the workers of each country “when it is all over”.

China came to Europe to stay

19 March, 2020 · Europe

Chinese diplomat yesterday in prime time news.

The epidemic will not only change the competitive place and access to markets of European big business. It will also change the correlation of forces within the EU. It is now doubtful whether Italy, Portugal, Spain and even Greece would again support the adoption of “defensive measures” against China from Brussels. In a few weeks, when the health and economic crises further exacerbate the brutal instincts of the German bourgeoisie, it is more than possible that Germany and France, not China, will be the ones in an uncomfortable position on the European imperialist map.

Unemployed and cheering

18 March, 2020 · Spain

Pedro Sánchez yesterday

The “shock plan” is a two-handed movement – one hand being the Spanish government and the other the European Central Bank – aimed at achieving the lowest possible devaluation of Spanish capital. To this end, it articulates a massive transfer of income from labor to capital that is “compensated” with minimum social coverage.

Will the EU survive the coronavirus?

17 March, 2020 · European Union

If anyone ever believed that the European Union could serve to moderate the appetites of national capitals and put the most basic universal human needs first, they can see their hopes refuted today, once again, with absolute clarity. On the other hand, those who doubted the ability of the working class to stand up to the barbarity of capital across national borders have a palpable demonstration these days of how the working class not only exists as a universal class but that its struggle is the only one capable of affirming the primacy of human needs effectively and across borders.

There is no real confinement without workplace closures

16 March, 2020 · Spain

Barcelona, today

Too late and too little is the political formula for this epidemic to decimate workers and their families. We have to stop all non-essential production for confinement to serve any purpose. And we have to stop layoffs disguised as “emergency measures”.

“Unity” against the epidemic?

11 March, 2020 · Global situation

European Union Video-summit (3/10/2020)

The “sacred anti-viral union”, the slogan of “coming together” with governments and national capital to “get out of the crisis together”, is not catching on. That’s excellent news. Probably the first good news that this epidemic has brought us.

Coronavirus: Lies and Half-truths

10 March, 2020 · Spain

Madrid this morning. Waiting to enter in a supermarket.

Four lies and half truths that disarm us and in front of Coronavirus, and some important lessons for the workers as a class.

What lies behind the oil slump?

9 March, 2020 · Global situation

What is developing before our eyes is an increasingly direct connection between trade quarrels and military conflicts on the one hand and between these and the attack on the living conditions of the workers and the whole population on the other hand.

When did March 8 stop having class meaning?

8 March, 2020 · History

The original March 8 was neither “Women’s Day” nor was it celebrated in March. What does today’s celebration really commemorate and when did it cease to be what its creators intended it to be?

Capital is at war

6 March, 2020 · Imperialism Report

From the Sanders and the Sánchez to the Trumps and Putins, all ideological variants, all national capitals, have the same needs and lead us to the same place. It is not with them but against them that the only possible alternative can be affirmed.

What is to be done?

3 March, 2020 · Literature

What did a social democrat of Lenin’s generation mean by a proletarian who became a “professional revolutionary”. For answering we have to revisit the original “What Is to Be Done”… by Chernishevsky

A new refugee crisis in Europe

1 March, 2020 · Global situation

76,000 Syrian refugees are already crossing Turkey. Thousands are crowding in front of the militarized borders between Greece and Turkey and in the last four hours alone, four hundred have arrived on the Greek islands in boats.