U.S. Tries to Deflect COVID Fiasco Onto China

By Sara Flounders posted on Workers World, May 26, 2020 A growing world confrontation is roaring onto the political and economic scene. Not a day goes by without the corporate media in the U.S. carrying totally distorted and negative news attacks on the People’s Republic of China. Republicans and Democrats are trading barbs over who is “soft” on China. Business[…]

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Killer Capitalism Says “Back to Work!” in a Pandemic

by Jeff Mackler and James Fortin, published on Socialist Action, May 21, 2020 Over the past several weeks, daily new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. have remained in the 22,000–25,000 range. By June 1, it is estimated that the number of deaths each day will rise to 3,000. Yet all 50 states now have begun lifting socially-protective measures aimed[…]

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Democratic COBRA Plan Denounced as Costly Taxpayer Gift to For-Profit Industry

by Jake Johnson, published on Common Dreams, May 13, 2020 For weeks, progressive lawmakers and advocacy groups pressed the House Democratic leadership to support an emergency expansion of Medicare coverage to the tens of millions of people who have lost their jobs and their employer-provided health insurance during the coronavirus pandemic. But in their newly introduced 1,815-page coronavirus relief bill,[…]

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Mass Unemployment is a Failure of Capitalism

by Richard D. Wolff, published on NewsClick, May 10, 2020 The difficulties caused to workers by record unemployment during the pandemic are a product of capitalism. Most of the time, employers decide to hire or fire workers depending on which choice maximizes employers’ profits. Profit, not the full employment of workers nor of means of production, is “the bottom line”[…]

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Diseased System in a Shut-Lockdown, Never a Better Time to Fight for Socialism

by Glen Ford, Published on Black Agenda Report, April 23, 2020 The current health and economic crisis will dramatically accelerate the processes of corporate monopolization, finance capital dictatorship, and working class precarity and immiseration. The only cure is socialism. “The duopoly parties’ refusal to establish a national health care system, beginning with Medicare for All, can only be understood in[…]

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“The American Disease”: Only the Overthrow of the Oligarchy Will Cure It

by Glen Ford, published on Black Agenda Report, April 2, 2020 Although the coronavirus provided the trigger for the current global shrinkage, the economic crisis was already looming when the pathogen made its physical appearance. “The Race to the Bottom cannot coexist with a living wage or a truly universal national health care system.” Donald Trump mouths the words “Chinese[…]

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Corporate Media Ignore International Cooperation as Shortcut to Coronavirus Vaccine

by Joshua Cho, published on FAIR, April 2, 2020 When Dr. Jonas Salk was asked in a legendary interview about who owned the patent on the effective polio vaccine he and his team had developed, he acknowledged that their achievement belonged to “the people,” and likened efforts to profit off their innovation to be as unethical as trying to patent[…]

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COVID-19: The Capitalist Emperor Has No Clothes

by Ajamu Baraka, published by Black Agenda Report, April 1, 2020 The systemic failure of the capitalist order triggered by the coronavirus has reinforced the growing awareness that extreme wealth inequality is a fundamental characteristic of the system. “Billions of dollars were allocated to business while millions of people are facing an increasingly desperate situation.” As the capitalist emperor strolls[…]

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