Whilst daily deaths and new coronavirus cases are rapidly rising across Latin America, Cuba has managed to reduce them down to very low numbers. Cuba’s socialist government has mobilised society to fight against the virus on the island and sent specialist health workers to other countries. Cuba is now in a position to gradually reduce its lockdown measures.
The British ruling class is gearing up for an enormous offensive, compelled by the logic of capitalism itself.
The working class and its allies need to be prepared for the coming onslaught.
The current economic crisis looks set to be significantly worse than in 2008. The effort to make workers and the poor pay for it will be commensurately more ferocious. Learning from the NEU and BLM is vital in the period ahead.
When government daily announcements about coronavirus deaths stressed the proportions who had ‘underlying health conditions’ this was a ‘dog-whistle’ to disability prejudice: to a language of division and an ethics of some lives mattering less than others.
Cuba and China’s cooperation is a powerful force in the fight against Covid19 and for numerous international struggles. Socialists in every country should therefore relate very positively to this powerful combined force for human progress.
Those who were responsible for New Zealand’s success do not attempt to conceal that they based it on the lessons learned from China.
They abandoned their earlier course which is still unfortunately being followed with disastrous consequences in the US, UK and large parts of Western Europe.