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(en) Poland, rozbrat: THE POOREST WILL PAY AGAIN - AKK Revenge [machine translation]

Date Wed, 18 Mar 2020 09:33:44 +0200

A coronavirus pandemic is not just a problem. "First world", although business elites try to portray it. It is a disease of the whole system - a world based on unlimited consumption and relief for the privileged. It is not the poor who have caused the virus to spread widely - they cannot afford to travel. Capital is the main distributor and, in the future, the beneficiary of the current crisis. When we hear: help entrepreneurs, we think maybe: o, support for small entities, maybe cooperatives. In practice, employees, not bosses or employers, pay more for the crisis. ---- Weaker and less well-off people are primarily exposed to death due to coronavirus infection. How to deal with a pandemic and a state of emergency is class-based. Although it is sometimes said that epidemics bring people together, this is not entirely true. It is the rich, bosses of financial giants that have a privileged position from the beginning, better access to remedies and medicines, and the first to report in line for "loss compensation". Meanwhile, their everyday luxury, parceled out, could save the world - even help control the chaos in the poor areas of India, where hospitals no longer admit the sick and people die on the street.

When a state of emergency is being introduced in the face of an epidemic, this is hardly met with much opposition. This is understandable - you need to protect life and health. Only are everyone here in the same position? When the government talks about support for the world of work, it turns to the confederation of private employers or other such entities. Employees are left on their own, often deprived of support and systemic protection, as is the case with employees employed under civil law contracts or piecework. In an emergency, you can see what really interests the authorities: not the desire to protect the majority of the poorer society, but the desire to maintain the current order of the world, built on inequalities, which, among other things, contributed to the spread of the coronavirus. Special regulations, perhaps currently needed for security reasons, should be monitored by us. In the past, it has often happened that in the case of disasters regulations were introduced and maintained to pacify social protests or strikes. This should not be our consent!

Naomi Klein in the book "The doctrine of shock: how modern capitalism uses natural disasters and social crises" described a number of such situations. Although cataclysms and epidemics seem to hit everyone, great capital comes out of them usually strengthened. If earlier any regulations stopping its expansion were in force - such as employee or civil rights (previously won as a result of social protests), then the situation of disaster / crisis revokes these regulations. We hear a lot about investors and bosses in discussions about saving companies. Less about employees whose voice is silenced, because "a special situation requires special solutions." Taking further rights and maintaining this state of affairs is a constant phenomenon during crises.

History has shown many times that the state is unable to cope with natural disasters. It was grassroots self-organization, often spontaneous, that helped rebuild damaged structures. We also manage, despite the existence of the state. That is why we do not need pseudo-support, which will only justify more investment in maintaining neoliberal capitalism.

Let the richest pay for the crisis!
For self-organization of society, against a state of emergency!

Collective AKK Revenge

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