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.
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.
“I can’t breathe.” No phrase could have better summed up the situation the U.S. proletariat has been going through since the beginning of the pandemic. Pronounced by George Floyd as a cop was choking him to death, it became the expression of a revolt that has spread throughout the United States in less than a week.
This student rebellion, by itself, may not be aimed towards any valid goal. As Malissa explained, it’s just a joke. And its immediate effect, most of the time, is to give headaches — and more work — to teachers and other school staff workers. At the same time, it is through this insubordination that students maintain a margin of autonomy. And it is precisely in this space of action outside the control of the school authorities that the possibilities for political confrontation resides.
Care facilities for the elderly have become a pandemic hotspot. One third of all the people in Germany who have died due to Covid-19 were residents of elderly care and nursing homes. The misconduct of individual facilities isn’t to blame – this disaster has structural causes.
INTERVIEW with Sarah Quadir of Workers against Sectarianism, at the forefront of anti-government protests in Tahrir Square (Baghdad). About the effects of the lockdown on the demonstrations and the experiences she has had as a feminist activist.