The Spark

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

Two Hundred Thousand Dead

Sep 28, 2020

When the nationwide U.S. coronavirus death count broke the 200,000 mark, it was news for the day, and then, off to something else. But for those of us in the working class, it is not something to be easily dismissed.

These deaths are continuing to climb because those who run this society have done nothing to rein in the virus from start to finish. This isn’t March, April, or May, not even June when they could claim to be unprepared. We are moving into October. The virus is spreading, not retreating. The capitalists have not produced enough PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), like masks and shields, they haven’t provided access to tests, they haven’t traced, tracked and isolated, and they are far from producing a safe vaccine. They are continuing business as usual, because they have no interest in investing time and money to protect the population at large. Two hundred thousand deaths are already on their heads.

There should be a real lockdown for all those in power who have encouraged no mask wearing, no social distancing, no nothing. But room should be reserved in this special hotel for all the rest of them, in charge and responsible, who did nothing but hoard their billions.

Right now, the bull about the election is the focus of the media and the politicians. And when it’s over, will our loved ones come back to us? Will we be more protected?

Those who own and run the profit system have no intention ever of providing real health care, real protections from the virus, because it interferes with profit.

The longer we wait for them to do something, the higher will be the death toll.