Health

“We feel like cannon fodder” • Nurse Elizabeth Lalasz on fighting COVID-19 in a broken healthcare system

Elizabeth Lalasz is a Registered Nurse of 11 years working in Chicago’s largest public safety net hospital. As the busiest hospital in Illinois mainly serving working class people, the uninsured, and communities of color, her hospital is on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis. Marx21 interviewed Elizabeth about what it’s like handling COVID-19 in our broken medical system, she and her co-workers’ fight for life-saving equipment, and how we can show solidarity with healthcare workers through this pandemic.

Editorial, Health

Marx21 COVID-19 statement • 5 socialist solutions to a capitalist disaster

We face an unprecedented international health crisis. The Trump administration has made clear that they don’t care how many people die. The stimulus packages, his deranged announcement that we’ll all be back at work by Easter — these are all measures to bail out the economy and save capitalism from COVID-19. We are told that… Continue reading Marx21 COVID-19 statement • 5 socialist solutions to a capitalist disaster

Health, US Politics

No, we will not die for their profits

Thomas Hummel takes a look at the deepening economic toll of COVID-19, the disastrous response of the ruling class, and the inspiring working class resistance spreading around the world.  President Trump is the decay of capitalist society in human form. Grotesque, alienated to the point where his humanity is all but unrecognizable, the president represents… Continue reading No, we will not die for their profits

Asia, International

Anti-Muslim pogroms break out in India’s capital

Rebecca Gilson reports on the wave of racist violence against Muslims in India facilitated by the right wing Hindu nationalist government of Narendra Modi, as well as the inspiring anti-racist resistance that students and workers are leading. Last month deadly violence broke out in Delhi, India when peaceful protesters, most of them Muslim, were set… Continue reading Anti-Muslim pogroms break out in India’s capital

Bernie Sanders, US Politics

Bernie Sanders, social democracy and the state

Thomas Hummel explores the exciting possibilities the Sanders campaign has opened up, alongside the serious risks and pitfalls of social democratic electoral movements around the world, including Greece, the UK, and Chile. I never thought I would hear a presidential candidate openly and unapologetically say the words, “billionaires should not exist.” And yet, those are… Continue reading Bernie Sanders, social democracy and the state

Australia, Environment

Climate emergency as Australia hit by unprecedented fires

Marx21's Australian sibling organization Solidarity shares an update on the catastrophic and climate-change driven fires engulfing the country. Double the area of the 2019 Amazon fires burnt. Apocalyptic scenes as skies turned red and smoke turned day into night. Thousands stranded in coastal holiday areas. Cities blanketed by smoke, producing some of the worst air… Continue reading Climate emergency as Australia hit by unprecedented fires

Eastern Europe, Imperialism

Belarus-Russia integration talks reflect deepening imperial tensions

Outlining the key players and their stakes in the region, Clare Lemlich takes an anti-imperialist look at what's behind Russia's integration push in neighboring Belarus. During the last few months of 2019 Russian leader Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko met several times to discuss closer integration between the two countries. No agreement… Continue reading Belarus-Russia integration talks reflect deepening imperial tensions