The rapid spread of a new form of coronavirus across the world, has meant for the states of developed capitalism for a new escalating attack on the lower classes, in the form of emergency measures. By stating this, we are in no way neglecting the fact that due to the pandemic we are amidst an unprecedented situation with an increasing number of infections and deaths.
. We concluded that capturing this discussion is useful in finding new communication pathways to reach out to those who also wonder what is going on, and are not just satisfied with the “stay home” prompt, but instead look for possibilities to exist within it, to transcend it, and to return once more to public space. In any case, this is time for redefining of actions, methods, goals, and practices.
How can we win? The first wave of uprising that spread around the world in 2018-2019 was the premise of a new revolutionary cycle. Today, this cycle has reopened, right in the belly of world capitalism: the USA.
Corona has taken over. Despite the fear and panic (or even denial) that has taken hold, one thing is for sure: the cracks of the system are emerging for all to see. How can the Left respond in a way that dodges the minefield of strengthening the State, while at the same time ensuring that people are put before profits? How can self-organised activity, like the community groups that are popping up to help vulnerable people, be stimulated and, most importantly, be used as vehicles to get our demands met? It’s always good to reiterate demands, such as universal basic income, as well as push for new ones, such as full-pay sick leave from day one. But the question always is: how do we impose them?
Here and everywhere the struggle of the food delivery app workers is a true symbol of the precarious proletariat in the service sector and their assertive struggle under transnational computerized and finance capitalism in times of catastrophic crisis and of virtualization and social isolation.
Many workers now have to choose between health and income. Or between poverty and illness. That’s ordinary blackmail, but apparently not even worth mentioning in this society.
All over the world we see struggles continuing or arising during the pandemic. This text by the Angry Workers looks at some of the material boundaries and confinements that struggles face and which are set by the peculiarities of national markets, the specific sectorial conditions or state interventions.
Looking at the struggles during the epidemic and its aftermath, when the restructuring of capitalism may begin.
This text is an attempt to begin reflecting on the impact of the Coronavirus crisis. This crisis has already brought about profound upheaval within the capitalist economy and is accompanied, even within the current moment of social confinement, a certain social agitation. It is not impossible for this social unrest to spread, particularly towards the end of the epidemic…
The recent biopolitical management of the COVID-19 pandemic by the Greek government seems to be increasingly authoritarian.