The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Masking the Problem

May 4, 2020

When the government finally got around to admitting that there was an epidemic, all they could propose to the population for protection was to wash your hands a lot, for 20 seconds and sing happy birthday. Then, after the virus had been allowed to invade all sectors of the society (go viral) they admitted that masks were probably a good thing, but only masks you make yourself.

So they created a “war effort” kind of game: have everybody make their own mask so that PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) would be available to front line health care workers.

What a joke! First of all, no matter how handy you are, you can’t beat modern science for remedies like masks. High tech materials, high tech construction: people pay real money for high tech everything and the industry brags on it.

But for a pandemic? A red kerchief? A tee shirt? Who would wear homemade shoes if you could wear Nike Air Jordans?

A real mask affords real protection in combination with other safeguards, not only for others but for the mask wearer himself or herself. Otherwise, why would medical workers wear them?

The fact is that we have NO real protection, and the blame for it lies with those who own and run this profit system; the banks, Wall Street, auto bosses, all of them. The bosses never intended to protect the population, only to pacify it. They never did protect front line workers; not only doctors, nurses and health care workers are getting sick and dying. Store workers, meat cutters, bus drivers, transport workers, the list goes on and on.

They could have spent some of the billions they got off of Trump’s billionaire bailout, taken a few millions out of the bank accounts of the wealthiest one percent, gotten money from any damn where, if they had wanted to protect the population.

But they didn’t and don’t intend to. Don’t care, not a priority, not good for the monthly bottom line.

What are we doing letting fakes and frauds and billionaires and their clowns, (not just Trump) run this society, anyway?