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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire UCL - press release, Covid-19: validism at the heart of the crisis (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 29 Mar 2020 09:31:08 +0300

The capitalist society in which we live is an eminently validist society. Validism is an oppression that affects people with disabilities (physical or mental, visible or invisible). Capitalism encourages and supports validist structures, to the extent that it validates individuals according to the capacities which make them productive or exploitable in the sphere of wage-earning. People who do not meet these standards are properly invalidated, and thus excluded, marginalized or marginalized. ---- The responses of states and institutions to the Covid-19 pandemic are fundamentally validists. Witness the reactions at the start of the epidemic which minimized its severity by pointing out that the virus was fatal mainly for the elderly and the frail. So we see again that for capitalism, lives have value and can be hierarchized.

This is also evidenced by the spencerist strategies [1]defended by states like the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, which calmly plan to let thousands of people die in order to bring about a "group immunity" - a strategy whose efficiency is also disputed by scientists. For the benefit of economic productivity, capitalism applies, as elsewhere, the law of the strongest and advocates social Darwinism.

Validist measures.
The French State has chosen a containment strategy, but the measures decided on do not take into account the most vulnerable people, and in particular:

people affected by mental or physical disability, locked up in institutions, who face obvious dangers due to overcrowding, lack of material and human resources and reinforced by the health crisis. This lack of means leads to institutional mistreatment and prevents access to the sanitary equipment necessary to limit the spread of the disease.
people with physical or mental disabilities, confined to their homes, already confronted on a daily basis with the lack of accessibility of society, who today face confinement measures which do not take them into consideration.
psychologically compromised people, who undergo an interruption in their follow-up in an extremely psychologically trying period
drug users, faced with the stress of the situation, the drastic reduction in the support they received (reception, monitoring, distribution of equipment, etc.) and the difficulties in obtaining substitution treatment ( initially excluded from simplified renewal procedures), illegal substances and sterile injection equipment, posing a huge health and contamination risk to these populations.

A break in health ...
Finally, the lack of means of the health services, wanted and imposed by austerity policies, prevents treating everyone. In the event of an aggravation of the epidemic, the nursing staff say so, they and they could be led, as it is already the case in certain hospitals, to have to sort the patients, to choose who to let die. There is much to fear that among the victims of this sorting imposed by policies of destruction of the public hospital will count the oldest, the chronically ill, the "people at risk" and the handicapped.

The state already has blood on its hands.

Libertarian Communist Union, March 23, 2020

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