Socialist Demands for the COVID-19 Crisis

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Re: Socialist Demands for the COVID-19 Crisis

Post by blindpig » Tue May 19, 2020 1:15 pm

Amazon founder thanks workers for billions
05/19/2020
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In a pandemic, workers are cut off allowances

Recently, the whole world spread the news about the incredible success of Jeff Bezos , the founder of Amazon , in the realization of his "American dream." According to an analysis conducted by the Institute for Political Studies, Bezos from March 18 to May 14, 2020 increased his fortune by $ 30 billion and became the richest man on planet Earth. He did not forget to thank his workers for this. True, for some reason they did not reciprocate.

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This happened in the midst of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in the world, universal isolation in the United States. While the largest supermarket chains in the United States suffer losses and file for bankruptcy by firing employees, the king of online trading Amazon makes a lot of money. True, despite the success of the employer, the “American Dream” turned to Amazon employees sideways. The retailer’s leadership did not forget to “thank” their employees, calling them “heroes who completed their work in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.” And at the same time, management announced the abolition of surcharges for dangerous working size of $ 2 per hour, and double pay for overtime at the end of May. It is not known whether the employees of the company were awarded with diplomas, but they are going to deprive them of money.

An Amazon representative was asked : Why won't the increased payouts be extended next month? This question remained unanswered. Instead, a company spokesman said:

“[The measures taken] enabled the company to deliver important goods to consumers in these unprecedented times. We thank everyone who provided support to our customers during high demand and returned to our regular payroll and overtime work at the end of the month. ”

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In other words, “thanks” and salary cuts in the midst of a pandemic ... For some reason, not all employees responded with gratitude to such gratitude. Many workers described the management act as a “slap in the face”. One Amazon employee said: “Employees take risks every day and, given the busy work schedule and the complexity of the tasks, more than deserve a permanent pay increase . ” Another employee in an interview with CBS reported 600 positive tests for COVID-19 in the company. Six of them ended in death.

“Amazon treats warehouse employees as replaceable take-and-pack devices. Only this applies not only to Amazon. This applies to capitalism in the 21st century , ”said Tim Bray, a former vice president of the company .

https://www.rotfront.su/osnovatel-amazo ... l-rabotni/

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They thought Silent Cal was no fun, but he was right all along, "The business of America is Business." The Prez knows it, the Chamber of Commerce knows it, but the rest of us are supposed to ignore that basic fact of our existence.
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Re: Socialist Demands for the COVID-19 Crisis

Post by blindpig » Thu May 21, 2020 2:11 pm

In the Midst of Covid-19, Elites Have Begun to Prepare For the Uprising.
Maybe it’s time we do, too.
Lauren Martinchek

May 18 · 4 min read

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In the wake of a global pandemic that has left ninety thousand people dead and brought tens of millions of people to their knees financially here in the United States, it should go without saying that in the richest nation on earth, the citizens should be able to look to the government for some relief during these unprecedented and traumatic times.

One need only look at the HEROES Act that recently passed the Democratic Majority House of Representatives for the latest example of how our government has failed to take wellbeing of the American people in to consideration. No paycheck guarantee act, no recurring $2000 checks for the duration of the crisis, no automatic stabilizers, and no improvements to ensure people get the relief they need more quickly and efficiently.
With a record 30 million people filing for unemployment over the past couple of months and losing health insurance along with their jobs, at a time when 78 percent of Americans were living paycheck to paycheck before this crisis even began, desperation is growing with each passing day. Government inaction makes it increasingly clear that we will be starved in to submission. The people who have made this the richest, most profitable country on the planet will be sent back to work, risking not only our lives and health but that of our family and friends as well while the government hands the taxpayer money that our labor generated to big banks and corporations. At the same time that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is reportedly projected to become the world’s first trillionaire, his company has cut the measly two dollar an hour hazard pay for his workers.

The American government and the elites who they work for are playing with fire, so no wonder they’ve begun to prepare for the uprising that’s coming.
Lee Fang at The Intercept writes:

“The Federal government has ramped up security and police-related spending in response to the coronavirus pandemic, including issuing contracts for riot gear, disclosures show.

The purchase orders include requests for disposable cuffs, gas masks, ballistic helmets, and riot gloves, along with law enforcement protective equipment for federal police assigned to protect Veterans Affairs facilities. The orders were expedited under a special authorization “in response to Covid-19 outbreak.”

The Veterans Affairs department, which manages nearly 1,500 health care care facilities around the country, has also extended special contracts for coronavirus-related security services.While the pandemic has coincided with a historic drop in violent crime across the country, analysts have expressed concern that the rapid spread of the virus will fuel confrontations.

There have been multiple inmate riots in response to Covid-19 outbreaks in prisons and jails, which have become dangerous hotspots for the disease. The economic upheaval and disagreements over coronavirus-related policy have also fueled demonstrations across the country.

…The federal funding requests contrast sharply with the rosy rhetoric from President Donald Trump, who has lavished himself with praise for his response to the crisis and issued optimistic predictions that recovery is around the corner. Last month, the federal government secured a contract to purchase 100,000 body bags to dispose of deaths related to the Covid-19 outbreak.”

Every step along the way as this crisis has unfolded, the American people have been treated as nothing more than collateral damage. Whether it be the Trump administration turning down an offer for millions of masks back in January, Nancy Pelosi seeking to bail out health insurance companies after the bundled “donations” to the democratic party from their lobbyists, or Mitch McConnell saying he has not yet felt the “sense of urgency” for a new stimulus bill as countless people miss another rent or mortgage payment, at this point it’s certainly fair to say that our government’s actions or lack thereof have been nothing less than criminal.
If the elites are beginning to prepare for what they clearly know is coming in response to how this crisis has been handled, then perhaps it’s time for us to get ready as well.
For far too long, as a society we have been conditioned to shrug our shoulders and accept that there’s really nothing we can do. For far too long, we have bene conditioned to forget that when a government fails its citizens — as the declaration of independence stated — it is our right, it is our duty to throw off such government. With each passing day, it becomes more and more apparent that we may have no other choice but to do just that. As surreal as it feels to consider, I’m not sure we are in a political or economic situation we’ll ever be able to vote ourselves out of, especially knowing that the government is already preparing to defend it. For months I haven’t been able to shake the feeling that the powers that be have been daring the American people to bring on the pitchforks and guillotines.

With each escalation of the class warfare being waged against the American people, it’s as fascinating as it is frightening to think of what they so clearly see coming right around the corner.

https://medium.com/discourse/in-the-mid ... 541ccec292

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Re: Socialist Demands for the COVID-19 Crisis

Post by blindpig » Wed May 27, 2020 4:00 pm

CP of Greece, The joint action and coordination of the Communist Parties under pandemic conditions
5/26/20 10:30 AM

Published in “RIZOSPASTIS” on 23/5/2020

The recent successful tele-conference held by the Communist and Workers’ Parties that cooperate within the framework of the European Communist Initiative, in which 24 parties from many European countries participate, constituted a new form of exchanging opinions and coordination of their efforts.
It demonstrated that the CPs can successfully utilize various forms when under pandemic conditions, direct contact between members, invitations to congresses and conferences were impossible. The class struggle does not cease, which makes it vitally necessary for the CPs to exchange views, to clarify their positions, to coordinate their action and to pursue a revolutionary strategy. In none of this can we back down under pandemic conditions when a new global economic crisis of capitalism is building momentum. Of course, the CPs must adapt their style of work as International, regional , and bilateral meetings are not feasible with a physical presence.

The form of Joint Statements by the CPs
One tried and true form of cooperation and coordination among the CPs are the Joint Statements. The formulation of the texts of Joint Statements clarifies the assessments which each CP has decided upon, as well as the goals of struggle each party has set for the development of joint action.
This process remains important, despite the fact that many Communist and Workers’ Parties today are weak, either functioning under semi-illegal conditions or severe persecution or not having all of the means available that the KKE has today along with some other parties, to struggle for the common goals that are formulated.
In order for the international communist movement to emerge from the ideological-political and organizational crisis it has been in over recent decades, it is necessary to comprehensively strengthen it in every country and region, as well as to coordinate the joint struggle and to formulate a revolutionary strategy at the international level. The process of exchanging viewpoints and the related struggle around serious issues within the context of the preparation and publication of Joint Statements can contribute to the above direction.

The KKE and the recent Joint Statements

During the recent period of the Pandemic, the Party signed 5 Joint Statements of the Communist and Workers’ Parties, some of which were approved after an initiative of the KKE, while others on the initiative of other parties which were supported by our Party, which sought whenever necessary to contribute to improving their content. All of the statements were published in “Rizospastis”. These were:
1/ On “Immediate measures to protect the health and the rights of the peoples”, which referred to the global situation that had been created by the pandemic and the emerging capitalist crisis. The initiative was taken by the KKE and was signed by 87 Communist and Workers’ Parties.
2/ On “Solidarity with Cuba”, where the CPs denounced the criminal US blockade of Cuba Communist and Workers’ Parties. The initiative was taken by AKEL and signed by 73 Communist and Workers’ Parties.
3/ On the “150 Anniversary of the birth of V.I. Lenin”, where on the occasion of this anniversary, important positions on Lenin’s leadership were outlined, accompanied by serious ideological and political issues of the communist movement. The initiative was taken by the KKE and signed by 93 communist and workers’ parties.
4/ “On the occasion of the First of May, International Labor Day” which was published on this year’s Workers’ May Day. The initiative was taken by the CP Kurdistan and was signed by 41 Communist and Workers’ Parties.
5/ “In the name of freedom, peace and truth – Against Fascism and War” that was published on the 75th anniversary of the Anti-Fascist Victory. The initiative was taken by the Portuguese CP and signed by 86 Communist and Workers’ Parties.

Whatever glitters isn’t gold
We could say that Lenin’s quote that “before we can unite and in order that we may unite, we must first of all, draw firm and definite lines of demarcation” (*) suits today’s situation and the issues of the joint statements of the parties. The period of the pandemic turned out to be very ‘dense’ in terms of initiatives taken for the publication of Joint Statements. In addition to the 5 listed above, other parties took related initiatives. This doesn’t mean that all could be accepted and supported by our Party, in the name of a superficial “unity” of the international communist movement. Such a unity is not only unnecessary, but actually is detrimental to the communist movement as it doesn’t clarify important issues.
The discussion of different viewpoints, agreement or disagreement, comradely disagreement over serious ideological-political issues of strategic importance is necessary and will continue over the next period. Through this process and the utilization of the experience derived from the class struggle, incentives will be provided for a more substantial mastering of the principles of our worldview and Marxist-Leninist methodology, the elaborations of the CPs will be enriched and this requires great perseverance.
Some parties who took initiatives for joint statements, outright rejected the contribution of other parties in formulating the texts they presented. Conversely, the KKE, as well as other parties that undertook the above initiatives and which were supported by our Party, asked for comments on the initial texts that were submitted. They gave great attention to the many proposals from other parties. They accepted substantial comments that improved the original content. Some parties did not allow such a process to take place for their own texts, while very problematic positions persisted within the texts, such as positions that vindicate the social democratic management of the capitalist system, attributing all of the problems to neo-liberal management.
Nor, could the KKE of course, agree to gratuitous and detrimental requests from parties who call upon the USA “to comply with” international law as the CP of Spain did, as if we aren’t dealing with the most powerful imperialist power on our planet, but with a “young girl” who “strayed from the path” and is awaiting the CPs to put her on the “correct path” of “adherence to international law”. That “law” that today legitimizes imperialist interventions and charges the imperialist body NATO to enforce it in different situations. Of course, it would be difficult to expect anything different from a party that has been immersed in the opportunist current of euro-communism for decades, a party that has abandoned revolutionary principles, who views the state and the law as being classless, that has slipped into the management of capitalism in its country.
There were also attempts for Joint Statements to be signed not only by Communist and Workers’ Parties, but also by other self-proclaimed “left” forces that appear, e.g. in solidarity with the people of Venezuela and against the designs of the USA, but who at the same time support similar plans, especially those of the imperialist EU.
There have also been efforts for CPs to co-sign texts not only with bourgeois “left” forces, but even with right-wing political forces. In the name of “saving humanity”, or the observance of “international law”. One such effort on the issue of the pandemic was made by the CP China. According to Andrei Klimov, senator and member of the Presidium of the center-right party “United Russia”, it was a joint initiative between the two governing parties of China and Russia, which was said to have been signed by more than 200 parties from all over the world. While the entire list has never been officially released, reports say that among those parties were many bourgeois parties from Asia, Africa, the Americas, policy makers that serve the interests of capital and that are responsible for the commodification of Healthcare, under-funding of the Public systems and so on. In any case, the specific joint statement makes no reference to capitalist barbarism, which is the cause of the situation that bears grave consequences for the peoples, nor of course does it refer to struggle aims for the development of joint action. How could it? Capitalist relations of production have prevailed in China for years, and Russia today is a product of counter-revolution and capitalist restoration
Among the parties that signed such a text were also some communist parties which of course, take responsibility for their choices. However, its very important that many CPs have taken a position on today’s China and Russia which now play an important role in the global imperialist “pyramid”, as the intra-imperialist contradictions with the USA are intensifying.
All of the above show that not all of the efforts to issue Joint Statements had the necessary prerequisites to be considered a contribution to the strengthening of the international communist movement. As we often say in analogous situations, “Not all that glitters is gold”.
The importance of recording joint struggle goals.
Communists of different countries and regions may wage a struggle in every single country. There may be different approaches to issues of strategic importance. However, the collective effort has its own importance and the fact that in joint statements the same goal is put forward: the overthrow of capitalist barbarism, the construction of a new socialist-communist society. Therefore, every possible form of cooperation and coordination must be attempted under pandemic conditions, much more the tried and true form of Joint Statements that reflect common assessments and goals of struggle, that contribute to coordinated action at the international level towards the benefit of the working class, of the peoples.

Elisaios VAGENAS
Member of the CC of the KKE and
Head of the IS of the CC of the KKE



(*) V.I. Lenin Collected Works, “What Is To Be Done? Burning Questions of Our Movement”, “Synchroni Epochi”, Volumne 6, pg. 22

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Re: Socialist Demands for the COVID-19 Crisis

Post by blindpig » Thu May 28, 2020 3:17 pm

I went back to have a look at some Twitter accounts and found that a number of those who I had thought presented a solid 'line' were of the opinion promoted by brother Chlamor last month: that #19 ain't nothin' but the flu and the whole pandemic thing is a plot to rob the working class of what paultry civil rights, workplace rights and wages which we gained largely because the Soviet Union existed.

Gotta expect the bosses to stick it to us every which way, it is what they do, how they survive on our backs. A bunch of numbers are presented, a jumble, the inconsistencies pointed out loudly. No doubt there are many agendas in play, but that this same conclusion(tho for somewhat different reasons) are reached by libertarians and the US Chamber of Commerce should give one pause.

More importantly, in my view, is the fact that real functioning communists engaged in building socialism are taking this virus very seriously. Massive human and material resources are being deployed in this effort. Economies are disrupted but the priority of meeting human need is being met. Of course being socialist states makes it easier to redeploy resources and having the trust of the working class is paramount. It seems to me that to hold this conspiracy line one must either consider the leaders of these states dupes or compromised. I reject either of these options, one must respect the conclusions of professional communists over those of amateurs.

Is it not possible, and it seems to me more than likely, that this malady ain't nothin' but the flu for 90% of us but a potential killer for the other 10%, particularly old farts, black folks? The bosses wouldn't need to lie about the disease, only about their efforts. And their anti-working class agenda could be effected nonetheless. I believe this the case. And now, having delivered their fig leaf, they are ready for Business as Usual. 'They have done all they could, people want their lives back...' Well, so do the dead. So we get the worst of both worlds, an inadequately addressed epidemic and an ever crushing ruling class agenda. As usual there is no need for conspiracy.
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Re: Socialist Demands for the COVID-19 Crisis

Post by blindpig » Fri May 29, 2020 1:47 pm

Cuba insists on maintaining preventative measures to control COVID-19
National COVID-19 prevention and control task force reviews the situation in Havana, Villa Clara and Matanzas, provinces with the largest number of confirmed cases in the country

Author: Leticia Martínez Hernández | internet@granma.cu

may 26, 2020 10:05:13

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The Cuban government reiterated its decision to maintain measures adopted to control COVID-19 and not lower our guard despite the increasingly lower numbers of patients confirmed per day, six this Monday, as well as the reduced number of active patients, 159 of 1,947 total cases confirmed since March 11.

During the first of these regular meetings this week chaired by President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz emphasized the importance of convincing the population to avoid overconfidence and continue to abide by preventative measures.

In his usual update to the country's leadership on the epidemic, Public Health Minister José Ángel Portal Miranda explained that 2,068 COVID-19 patients remain under care and observation, including those in hospitals, and isolation centers for contacts and suspected cases. This number, he said, is the lowest since April 22, when there were more than 10,700 in these categories.

He added that 96.8% of hospitalized patients are in stable condition; adding that total deaths remain at 82, none on Monday; and 15 medical discharges were granted, for a total of 1,704 patients recovered.

The Minister reported that, over the last 15 days, the highest rates of incidence of cases per 100,000 inhabitants are in Matanzas and Havana. While the Isle of Youth and eight provinces - Sancti Spíritus, Artemisa, Granma, Mayabeque, Holguín, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba and Guantánamo - have reported no cases during this period of time.

Havana Governor Reinaldo Garcia Zapata explained that 205 patients remain hospitalized in the capital. These include 84 confirmed cases and 121 suspected. The hospital occupancy rate, he said, stands at 18%.

http://en.granma.cu/cuba/2020-05-26/cub ... l-covid-19
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