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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire AL #307 - Dossier spécial: Editorial, Health, pharma: socializing, opening a breach (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 12 Jul 2020 08:57:53 +0300

Undeniably, the coronavirus crisis has broadened the awareness that capitalism is a deadly system. But it is not enough to repeat like a mantra that we must " change everything, reinvent everything ". It is necessary to advance an alternative society project, to put it under discussion, and including to do foresight: would it have better faced the virus ? ---- Health care workers have been warning for years, but it took the coronavirus to crudely expose the damage to the health care system of capitalist profitability goals coupled with bureaucratic management. ---- In the press, the forums have multiplied to expose the vision of a " world after " which would have learned all the lessons of the crisis. For libertarian communists, this demonstrated the need to revolutionize the health system, which must be fully unified and socialized under popular control. Unified, this means the requisition of private clinics and their integration into the public service ; massive hires ; the creation of thousands of additional beds ; a revitalized territorial network. This would be a huge step forward for the population in general, but also - provided there is specific voluntarism - for the least well cared for categories, such as women.

But there is no viable health system without its productive autonomy. The shortage of masks, gowns, tests, respirators, then the inability to produce them in an emergency are a scandal of the market law, coupled with a scandal of State. The Plaintel or Luxfer cases illustrate this. There, as in Greece, these are workers who, fighting for their future, defend the general interest. Socialization of the health system therefore also presupposes the socialization of the pharmaceutical industry and the manufacture of medical equipment. It would, for example, allow the production of medicines to be relocated, when the country is regularly out of stock, and to redirect research and development towards meeting real needs.

By defending, here and now, the socialization and self-management of the health system, because there is an availability to discuss this vital sector, the UCL intends to advance, on the same model, the idea of a complete revolution in society.

A dossier coordinated by
Simon (Rennes), Lulu (Nantes),
Tudy (Grenoble), Grégoire and Matthias (Orléans)

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