The coronavirus crisis has exposed and accelerated the deep seated inequalities of capitalism. From the destruction of ecosystems to institutional racism, now more than ever the failures of capital are visible.
As we head towards a deep recession, the Tories want the working class to pay for the failures of their system and the failed handling of the virus.
But the resistance is inspiring. Following the tragic murder of George Floyd millions of people took to the streets as part of the global Black Lives Matter movement demanding radical change against systematic racism. In Belarus, Lebanon, Bolivia and Palestine the struggle on the ground has continued the global fightback.
In Britain actions by NHS staff and protests over pay show the potential for resistance in the workplace. And protests by A-Level, GCSEand Btec students over the exam grading fiasco forced Boris Johnson into a U-turn.
Socialist Worker is the paper and the websiteat the heart of the resistance, seeking to connect the struggles of today to the fight for a different kind of world. We want a world which meets people’s needs, not one directed to satisfying the lust for profit of a minority.
Covid-19 has forced us to change the way we operate.
Socialist Worker has put out more online content than ever while continuing to produce a weekly print edition throughout the lockdown. Despite losing a substantial part of our income from street sales we have continued to keep all of our online content free.
It is increasingly vital to have a newspaper, a website, videos and social media that don’t just challenge the capitalist narrative but link up struggles internationally with reports and articles on the side of those fighting back against their oppressors.