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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire UCL - press release - Coronavirus: Macron "discovers" the evils of capitalism (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 18 Mar 2020 10:30:53 +0200


The containment measures announced by Macron are as late as they are limited. But he did at least say one thing right: yes, the law of the market weakens society. Because it destroys the public health service, because the country no longer has autonomy in the production of drugs ... The coronavirus crisis reveals the flaws of capitalism. ---- The world is experiencing a health crisis, as the World Health Organization (WHO) is now declaring that the Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic is a pandemic. France is particularly affected, with thousands of cases, the number of which is undoubtedly underestimated. Indeed, many and many carriers of the virus do not show symptoms, while others show symptoms but are not tested.
Weak measures
While other countries are taking drastic measures to limit the spread of the virus, the French government remains lukewarm. Certainly, Macron has finally announced the closure of nurseries and schools and universities. But he had already fallen way behind on basic things like ordering surgical masks, he is now stubborn in attempts to appease which contrast with the speeches of many and many doctors and scientists who call for strong measures .

The protection of capitalism
Why are they reluctant to, for example, close down for a few weeks certain non-essential shops, certain public services, certain companies, certain public transport ? Because the economy must continue its mad course of course ! And this, while a major crisis is starting on the financial markets, of which the coronavirus is only the trigger, speculative bubbles being the foundation. The capitalists could not bear to see their profits decrease to save a part of the population particularly vulnerable to the virus.

So discard the elderly, discard people with weak immune systems ! The capitalist society of which Macron is the chief puppet does not need you, and will therefore continue its march almost as if nothing had happened. The State is not the guarantor of the general interest but rather in the service of the dominant !

The public hospital breakage
This unbearable policy will cause deaths in France, but it is not the only cause. The abandonment, or even the destruction of the health system in recent decades, has made it vulnerable to major epidemics. Emergencies creak in normal times, so now ! Caregivers have been alerting for months about the deplorable state of the health system, despite their dedication, by exemplary mobilization. They and they too will bear the brunt of the epidemic, because we will always ask them for more hours of work to cope with the influx of patients. The destroyers of the public hospital will bear a very heavy responsibility.

Breaking working conditions
The particularly degraded working conditions which are imposed on more and more workers are also at issue. The absence days for sick leave worsen the spread of the virus, because colleagues prefer to go to work when the symptoms are not too alarming, not wanting to have their pay cut by one, two or three days. And the rampant precariousness in the world of work ? What auto-entrepreneur can tell his disguised boss that he or she will not come to work without fear of being fired immediately ? And this is how the disease spreads ...

Bad solutions
Faced with the epidemic, some will bring out their old foul smelling recipes. Racist recipes first, calling for the closure of borders. Pandemic or not, we must welcome migrants who are fleeing from far more complicated situations, by refusing any amalgamation ! Authoritarian recipes too, constraining populations. If we are well informed, we will understand the importance of taking drastic containment measures for example. There is no need for the military and additional filing to enforce this.

For the collective action of the exploited
What is more, it is if we all make decisions with the necessary information, that these decisions will be best applied. Thus, workers must be able, through the mobilization of work collectives, to impose on employers, strong measures in terms of managing the epidemic in the workplace. Our grassroots struggles to have our health respected will be most effective against the epidemic, because it has nothing to do with profits. For this, we have the right of withdrawal, we have the right to strike, we have collective action and the self-organization of workers. Let us not be deceived by the "sacred union" to which Macron called during his speech:

All that shows is that capitalism is incapable of managing a health crisis. Worse, it makes it worse because of its profit logic. A real public health policy is a policy that forgets the profits to stem this kind of epidemic. Faced with this crisis not inevitably, let's put pressure on our bosses to better prepare for the crisis !

Libertarian Communist Union, March 13, 2020

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https://www.unioncommunistelibertaire.org/?Coronavirus-quand-le-capitalisme-aggrave-la-crise-sanitaire
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