From the outset Covid told us that it was caused by capitalism and that to defeat it we had to defeat capitalism. I wrote about this over a year ago in my post, ‘From the Coronavirus to the Commune’.
The cause was capitalism’s disruption of the ecology forcing viruses to jump from the wild species to humans. Everything about the origins of SARS CoV-2 proves this.
Since capitalism’s downward spiral into its End Stage is likely to create the conditions for many more pandemics, we cannot expect it to offer any solution. In fact the opposite is true.
The progress of the pandemic proves that capitalism will not divert profits to maintain the survival of the working masses. Capitalism does not have the health of workers in mind unless it is vital to keeping their labour-power alive to exploit for profit.
The proof of this is in the massive reserve army of unemployed used to fill the jobs of those who need replacing due to overwork, starvation and pandemics. We call this form of unnatural selection where the rich and powerful eliminate the poor and weak eugenics.
This explains the fate of Covid ‘elimination’ in Aotearoa. Elimination of the virus which threatens most the poorest and weakest of the working class, will always come second when it threatens the elimination of rent and profit extracted from the working class.
For capitalism, elimination means ending any threat to its existence from the terminal crisis of declining profits, climate collapse and many more pandemics.
Against these forces, the Labour Government has adapted to capitalist elimination. We will now all adapt to Delta by means of vaccination, sacrificing the deaths or long Covid of the poor and weak, so that capitalism may live to survive another day.
But why should we be interested in a return to capitalism as usual, thanks.
I say, as I did more than a year ago, that for workers to live capitalism must die. To do that we need a strategy for workers to take power, to end capitalism and its destruction of humanity, and build a socialist society in harmony with nature.
Dave Brownz is TDBs guest Marxist blogger