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
Jun 1, 2020
When governors started what they called “reopening” the state economies, certain sections of the population acted like the pandemic was over.
Of course, it is obvious that the capitalists have forced the economy to begin to open for a reason—their profits. But the working class, as badly as it needs money to survive, has to recognize that you have to be alive to work at all.
The mask issue, with some refusing to wear it, shows how individualistic people have been encouraged to be. “It is all about me” behavior. True, wearing a mask doesn’t protect you as much as it protects others BUT, of course, if others wear it, it protects you. A first responder said, “If you think you are tired of wearing a mask, try wearing a ventilator.”
Workers produce together all of the goods necessary for life. Try producing your own water supply, gas and electric, food...It is a myth that as individuals, we can just go it alone.
The problem with the virus is that while you may be tired of it, it is not tired of you. Ignoring our responsibilities to other people can only make it harder and more difficult to address.