Covid-19 has starkly revealed not only the brutal systemic priorities of capitalism—profit-making over life-making—but also the relationship between capital and the capitalist state form. We should be attentive to this relationship in order to face a darker truth about this crisis: that it is far from an anomaly and that lacking a body blow to the system, we should prepare for a world where such crises and its effects become part of our daily lives.
Alex Doris discusses Bernie Sanders victory in Nevada’s Democractic Party primary in terms of the Culinary union there, health care, “fortress unionism,’ mass COIVD-19 layoffs and lessons for the left.
A transit worker writes of the political potential of the demand for PPE.
Organizing, workplace action, and basic protective equipment is not a privilege. It is a necessity if we want to be able to contain Covid-19 and for saving the lives of nurses and patients.
Historically, most epidemics have spread geographically through two common forms of long-distance movement: trade and war. The timing, however, changed dramatically with the rise of capitalism.
The Trump administration and employers didn’t prioritize saving lives over saving money. Nurses did.
We must do everything that we can to create a new, just, equitable and ecologically regenerative economy. The question is: how?
This pandemic, and the ruling class response to it, offers a clear and tragic illustration of the idea at the heart of Social Reproduction Theory.
The era of “there is no alternative” to capital’s rule is behind us, but what lies ahead?