Tag: epidemics

The pandemic and the morality of the ruling class

21 September, 2020 · Spain

President of Madrid, Ayuso, with the President of Spaiin, Sánchez.

Now we have a rising epidemic and an accelerated crisis. Will they see in the situation of the workers a human need to be satisfied or will they see in it the forces of scarcity preparing the way for us to «freely» accept the «reforms» that they have been trying to impose for years?

Rising epidemic, schools and health centers overwhelmed

16 September, 2020 · Spain

Bilbao yesterday.

The Spanish government reported yesterday 156 covid deaths in the last 24 hours. primary care is already overwhelmed. This autumn a fundamental factor will be that the discontent that is beginning to emerge in the educational strikes shall become undeniable, shall be openly manifested and shall set out the firm ground of universal human needs. It is fundamental to stop the upward spiral of slaughter. Fundamental to confront the [[pauperization|mass impoverishment of the workers]] they are demanding in order to revive national capital, its enterprises and its finances.

Pandemic, strikes and vaccines

14 September, 2020 · Weekly Report

The increase in hospitalizations, the ongoing strikes and the failure of the Oxford vaccine are not isolated events. What is coming next? An increasingly clear increase in all of these contradictions, with states and media trying to push back the reality of the pandemic and its consequences and making workers' struggles even more brazenly invisible. And on the horizon, the pressing need for self-centralization and extension of the struggles.

What Democrats won’t tell you about auto workers in the USA and Mexico

22 August, 2020 · North America

It would be hard to imagine a greater or more heinous cynicism than democrats if the unions were not there to hold that title. The experience across North America reflects the commitment of left wing governments and unions around the world to maintain production in order to save business investment, putting capital above the safety and lives of workers.

Spain on the road to a new slaughter

20 August, 2020 · Spain

Spanish covid data updated on day 18.

With infections on the rise and an increasing number of occupied beds and ICU patients, things are already approaching the level of early March. The opening of schools in September threatens to trigger a new phase of mass community transmission. And the only thing made clear by the Spanish bourgeoisie and state is a red line: "no more lockdowns, we lose revenues and taxes". Only a strong strike movement can force the state or the bourgeoisie to put lives, our lives, ahead of their profits.

Is there no news in August?

3 August, 2020 · News

Anti-mask demonstration in Berlin on August 2, 2020.

A quick summary of the day's news to avoid being disconnected from reality by the media.

The collapse of the Saudi system

13 May, 2020 · Saudi Arabia

The collapse of Saudi Arabia has gone virtually unnoticed by the international press. The impact, however, is enormous. In the Arab world, comparisons are rife with the collapse of Russia and its model of state capitalism in the early 1990s, with Prince Salman playing the role of an increasgly powerless Gorbachev, racking up imperialist defeats, economic disasters and internal enemies.

Towards a new world chaos

4 May, 2020 · Global situation

We are not seeing the dawn of a "post-American world order" as the media would have us believe. We are seeing an acceleration of chaos driven by the recession that makes each day more dangerous than the last.

A May 1st… without workers?

This year we are not going to make a statement of our own. We adhere to the communiqué of the comrades of "La Antorcha", an organization of young communists that represents better than any other organization known to us the momentum that our class is already engendering and that is the only hope of our species.

The crisis has entered a new stage

30 April, 2020 · Weekly Report

Strike at Gazprom in Yakutia, Russia, this week.

A new phase of economic recession and political crisis is beginning worldwide. All the contradictions of the system have accelerated with the pandemic and the ability of capital to recover will depend on its ability to impose a massive transfer of income from labor to capital in each country. The losses and needs of capital are even more brutal than in 2009. But unlike ten years ago, we are entering this new phase with a working class that has mobilized under an almost universal program of demands and that in not a few cases has been strong enough to overcome the unions and twist the arms of companies and governments. But this was not even the first act. It has been the overture.

A “new normality”

29 April, 2020 · Global situation

Spain, France or Italy are already starting deconfinement. The absolute numbers of new infections are in the same range as when confinement began. And deaths are still over 300 a day in all three countries. The danger of “de-escalation” is obvious. But the aim of governments is not to put an end to the epidemic and return to normality when the situation is safe, but rather to recover economic activity, including in the hotel and tourism industry, by accepting to “live with” the epidemic and its consequences as long as the numbers of patients requiring intensive care do not overwhelm the health system. This is the “new normality” that governments are looking for and that will change living conditions, the organization of work and even the international division of labor.

Mexican maquilas go on strike again

23 April, 2020 · Mexico

Matamoros, MX. "Unions and fiirms kill the working class"

This is the time when workers in the US military industry plants should also break the trade union siege and join the struggle under the same platform, which describes and defines their interests as clearly as it does for their Mexican comrades.

Coronabonds and the end of the EU

8 April, 2020 · European Union

Even if an agreement on debt mutualization were reached today or in the next few days, what would follow would be a struggle to change rules, protect national sector-based markets and reduce the interdependence among national bourgeoisies. And so the EU would also dry up and the old reactionary dream of the United States of Europe would come to an end, not with a bang but with a whimpe

Soft coup in Brazil, impending recession in Mexico

6 April, 2020 · BrazilsingleSouth America

Mexico and Brazil are distressed by a crisis that fuses the impending health disaster with a paralysis of export markets and political chaos. The situation is extremely dangerous for workers throughout America. Only the generalization of the struggles can impose the priority of saving lives instead of investments, stopping the spread effectively and guaranteeing the satisfaction of basic needs for all workers.

Will we be poorer after confinement?

3 April, 2020 · Weekly Report

Is it inevitable that we will be poorer after confinement? No. If it were, Bolsonaro, Botin, the CEO of Michelin and so many others, would have us already working and with a "solidarity" cut in salaries.

Slaughter in the nursing homes

2 April, 2020 · Spain

The massacre of the residences is a very clear expression of how the objectives and incentives of[accumulation are opposed to the most basic human needs. The result is a bloody incompetence from the point of view of something as basic as the protection of human lives, but in reality, it has been "exemplary" from the point of view of the placement of capital and its profitability. Covid has spread and swept through them precisely because they were efficient for the purposes for which they were created.

Flyer distributed in Argentina

We reproduce a flyer that will be distributed this week, on paper and by cell phone, in three capital cities of Argentina. It has been prepared by comrades who have been organizing for some time in Mendoza, San Juan and Córdoba, hand in hand with comrades from «La Antorcha» and «Emancipation».

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 · Weekly 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 the coronavirus exposed

28 February, 2020 · Weekly Report

The most dangerous and constant enemies of human needs and life are within each country and are neither the viruses that come "from outside" nor the armies of neighboring countries.