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COVID Autumn Clouds Canada’s horizon

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by Barry Weisleder

The growing instability of capitalist rule is evident in the Canadian state and economy, where a minority government tries to grapple with the devastating effects of the pandemic.  Rapidly shedding the COVID lock-down measures imposed in March, the business elite and their agents in political office risk a steep rise in hitherto relatively low rates of infection and fatality.  The Justin Trudeau Liberals turned on the money taps to cope with the pandemic — much of the spending going to resource corporations, banks, giant retailers, high tech firms and the military.  Popular discontent stalks the landscape.

Facing instant impoverishment, the 4.7 million workers who were on Canada Emergency Relief Benefit on August 2 got a brief reprieve when Ottawa extended the CERB through much of September.  But 82 per cent of recipients will later get less or nothing under existing Employment Insurance rules.

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Pandemic Worsens, Resistance Will Follow

by John Clarke  (July 23, 2020)

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Two recent developments in the United States seem to capture just how the destructive profit-driven irrationality of capitalism renders it incapable of effectively containing the present global pandemic. On July 10, the US recorded a staggering 70,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day, and Florida saw 11,433 cases, with 435 more people hospitalized. The next day, the reopening of “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” Disney World, began in that state. Admission tickets for the four theme parks are already sold out for the month of July. Meanwhile, across the country in Los Angeles, it is reported that the factories used to produce face masks for front-line workers, under the ‘LAProtects’ initiative, have become a major source of coronavirus infection. The low wage sweatshop conditions that the mainly migrant workforce have to endure have proven deadly. Three factories have been closed after three hundred contracted COVID-19 and four died.

Rob Wallace has pointed out that ‘pandemics are mirrors.’ This one has been generated by capitalist conditions of food production, and its impacts are determined by a system in which human and social needs are subordinated to the interests of profit-making. The concept of the ‘superspreader’ of the coronavirus has been developed in such a way as to conjure up images of reckless party-goers or selfish sun worshippers, but those who do the most to spread the coronavirus sit in corporate boardrooms and around cabinet tables.

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WEBCAST: The Mental Health Crisis under Capitalism

Thursday, July 30   7 p.m. The Mental Health Crisis under Capitalism, with presenter Daniel Tarade, and discussants Judy Koch of Socialist Action, Greg Luca from Fridays for Future, Sebastian Mendoza-Price, and Loretta Fisher from Spring magazine.

https://youtu.be/9aqfaTiGVEU

 

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Towards a Transitional Programme for the Working Class in COVID-19 Times

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By Barry Weisleder

World War 1 spawned the Russian Revolution, the Winnipeg General Strike, and spurred union recognition.  Following World War 2, out of the debris of fascism and holocaust, the industrial unions, the labour-based NDP, and the welfare state emerged.  What will be the legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic?  Qualitatively enhanced class consciousness and greater social responsibility, or regression to capitalist austerity?

Sombre facts define the dawn of a new era.  The current plague, the fourth in less than two decades (SARS in 2003, H1N1 in 2009, MERS in 2011, Ebola in 2014-16), won’t be the last.  It plunged the world into a Great Depression.  Stock markets tanked. Unemployment skyrocketed.  As of April 18, six million Canadians applied for emergency federal aid.  It’s unprecedented.

The reflex of the vast majority of people is to seek remedial action from….who?  Giant corporations?  Big banks?  The Business Council of Canada?  No.  They expect the government to act, to cushion the blow, to spend massively so that lives may be saved.

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WEBCAST: The Authoritarian State bolstered by COVID-19

Thursday June 25   7 p.m. eastern time:  The Authoritarian State bolstered by COVID-19.  Host:  Elizabeth Byce.  Speakers: John Clarke, co-founder of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, and John Wunderlich, Board Member MyData.org

https://youtu.be/wQjCB86XXDU

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