The political-economic structure of the United States, whose commerce and industry are controlled by private owners in search of more profit, does not have the nature of giving due attention to ordinary people in time, has writes an editor of an analytical website in an article, providing the coronavirus crisis as proof of his claim.
Glen Ford, the editor of Black Radio Agenda, wrote in his article published by BAR on April 9 that COVID-19 has exposed a basic truth that capitalist healthcare is a contradiction in terms, since the capital – like the killer virus – only cares about reproducing itself.
“We must be careful never to return to the society that allowed the emergence of this pandemic,” he stressed.
What some may remember from the Year of the Lost Spring – loved ones lost, jobs lost, freedom of movement lost – may also become the year that the oligarchy and its minions in both corporate parties have lost popular permission to dictate the conditions of life and death. in the USA. For the second time this century, the economies of the United States and Europe are circling the abyss, dragging much of the rest of the planet with them, while China, the site of the first major COVID eruption -19, leads the world both economically, resilience and global mutual aid – and Cuba has once again presented itself as the champion of medical solidarity.
The superpower that has killed millions of people in its quest for global supremacy has totally failed the most basic test of legitimacy at home: the ability to protect its own people.
America’s “public” health care sector is revealed as a shell hollowed out, crippled and shrunk by decades of relentless privatization at the hands of the political duopoly in the service of the oligarchs. Indeed, the lords of capital have devoured the protective membrane of the nation, leaving the population defenseless against not only microbes, but all the diseases of the poor, as well as opiates and deadly social pathologies that spawn spectacular mass shootings. and typically American in schools. , churches and shopping malls, and the daily slaughter of black and brown youth in the streets.
“The lords of capital have devoured the protective membrane of the nation, leaving the population defenseless against not only germs but all diseases of the poor. “
The idiot who currently occupies the White House did not create the health crisis, and people know it. Donald Trump is far too incompetent and vague to commit such a monumental crime, which has been unfolding for decades.
In the meantime, Democrats have been full partners in depriving the population of public health protections – including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the current corporate media darling, who continues to lobby for $ 2.5 billion in Medicaid cuts in its own state even as it poses as the nation’s top virus killer.
Even Joe Biden, the absent man some would want Cuomo to replace as Democratic presidential candidate, swears to veto Medicare for All – the first preliminary step towards a true national health care system – if he ever does. presents his White House office. Politicians of both parties take their orders from the lords of capital. Otherwise, they are demonized and threatened with expulsion from the capitalist duopoly, the only voting game allowed under the oligarchic regime – which is why Bernie Sanders will always be a staunch sheepdog for a party that opposes its Democratic reforms to the ‘Ancient.
In large cities, it is almost invariably the Democrats who apply the rich man rule – many of them are black Democrats, since the other half of the duopoly is the White Man’s Party (GOP). The only option of the duopoly of the great workers is also the Democrats as the only choice to come into conflict with the ruling capitalist class.
“Democrats have been full partners in depriving the population of public health protections. “
The unions that claim to fight for workers and black people, who constitute an overwhelming working class and the most left-wing ethnicity in the country, have both been reduced by the duopoly to annexes of the Democratic Party, a fatal embrace. The duopoly serves only one master: Capital. Back in the days when the Democrats were the White Man’s Party and an aging Frederick Douglass was making his living as a Republican official, the former Torch said, “The Republican Party is the ship and everything else is. the sea that surrounds us. Just as Douglass’ Republicans ultimately sanctioned Jim Crow and the dictatorship of Capital, Democrats have become the bulwarks of a downward austerity race that threw the working class and its most marginalized components overboard. to drown in a sea of declining living standards and disappearing. “real” jobs and social supports – and without a national health care system.
COVID-19 has clearly shown the folly of this deal with the devil, and that “no one will save us but us”. Jackson Cooperation, the Mississippi-based “emerging vehicle for sustainable community development, economic democracy and community ownership”, called for a general strike last week to begin May 1 – May 1 – and a list of demands “that will transform our broken and inequitable society, and build a new society ruled by and for us – the working class, the poor and oppressed majority.”
“Despite the power asymmetry between us on the left and the organized working class, and the forces on the right,” says the Appeal, “we must do everything to intervene. We must prevent the worst, deadliest version of this pandemic from becoming a reality, and we must ensure that we never return to the society that allowed this pandemic to emerge and have the impact it is having. first place. We must do all we can to create a new economy that is just, equitable and environmentally regenerative. “
“The duopoly serves only one master: Capital.
The proposed demands include the protection of frontline workers exposed to the virus and “other vulnerable communities, including the homeless, migrants and refugees from discrimination and attacks in this time of crisis”; democratization of the means of production, by transforming corporations into cooperatives; universal health care and basic services (education, childcare, care for the elderly, water, electricity, internet, etc.); a universal basic income; democratized credit (“bail out the people, not businesses and Wall Street”); a “low-carbon economy and Green New Deal; housing as a human right; clean and decommodified water for all; a jubilee of debt; the release of prisoners and the closure of prisons and prisons; closure of detention centers and family reunification; closure of military bases abroad and cuts in the military budget, spending being transferred to social needs and infrastructure.
Cooperation Jackson spokesman Kali Akuno said nearly 300 activists took part in a conference call and reached “consensus on collective action to support what is already happening.” Committees were formed to initiate and support the strike and to set up a national strike fund.
“We are trying to answer questions from the past 30 years in a matter of days,” Akuno said. May 1 is important, “but we have no illusions that the ‘big’ will happen on May 1,” with the epidemic raging and much of the population still in lockdown, “but we will continue to be there. working to send a clear message that we need a new system.
As long as the lockdown continues, activists will need to find new uses for the technology. The Black Is Back Coalition had planned to hold its annual electoral school rally in St. Louis this weekend, April 11-12, but will host the event online instead. The theme has been changed to “COVID-19 Pandemic: Blacks Fight Back,” with a focus on “Black people bawling in times of plague,” coalition chairman Omali Yeshitela said.
It is an apt description of the battle that lies ahead. For the past four years, the Democratic Party has blamed all the evils of capitalism – and their own crimes – on the singularly loathsome person of Donald Trump and his imaginary partners in Moscow. Trump has, in effect, been their shield, distracting from the Democratic complicity in the race to the bottom – which is why Hillary Clinton wanted him to be the Republican nominee, and why Democrats insist he is. he’s the only problem in 2020. If Trump is the root of all evil, then all that needs to be done is replace him with a Democrat – leaving intact the system created by the two parties at the behest of the class leader. But the COVID-19 outbreak is said to have caused massive deaths and economic havoc in the United States, regardless of half of the corporate duopoly in charge, as the two companies hastily dismantled and privatized the healthcare industry. public for two generations. The COVID-19 bailout of banks and businesses under Trump is modeled on the bailout of banks and businesses under Barack Obama more than a decade ago. None of these plans saved anyone but the financial and corporate elite. The first black president and the completely racist president both serve the same masters.
“The COVID-19 outbreak would have caused massive deaths and economic havoc in the United States, regardless of which half of the corporate duopoly was in charge. “