This resolution was adopted unanimously by the Sixth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in the US, held July 19–24, 2020.
The coronavirus pandemic is a 'trigger event' in world history, one which has laid bare all the contradictions of capitalism. Every aspect of the social crisis that had developed over the past several decades - the growth of social inequality, the assault on democratic rights, the drive toward militarism and war - were all accelerated by the onset of the pandemic which was foreseen and preventable. Nearly 35 million people have been infected by the deadly disease and more than one million men, women and children have lost their lives with no end in sight.
As workers now understand more sharply than ever, the real orientation of the bourgeoisie - including both the Republicans and Democrats in the United States and their counterparts throughout the world - has been to use the pandemic to transfer trillions of dollars to the major banks and corporations while letting the deadly disease rampage through the population as politicians advocate for 'herd immunity.'
This page provides the opposing perspective - for the working class to solve the pandemic crisis itself. The giant banks and corporations must be placed under public ownership and democratic control. The vast fortunes of the rich must be expropriated to make funds available to ensure universal access to health care, housing, utilities and other social needs. All of economic life must be reorganized on the basis of a global, planned economy, removing the obstacle of private property and the profit motive. Workers must be clear that the pandemic is only a symptom of a much greater disease: capitalism. The cure is socialism.
The fall and winter months in America and Europe are expected to bring a major resurgence of the disease.
The plot against America and the world: How the US government and the media suppressed the truth about the COVID-19 pandemic
Newly released recorded conversations between Donald Trump and reporter Bob Woodward make clear that the White House, abetted by the media, made a calculated decision to suppress information about the pandemic that has cost nearly 200,000 lives.
The pandemic has exposed the contradiction between the highly integrated nature of modern society and the outmoded and irrational nation-state system of capitalism.
In a secret meeting, 25 US governors were told: “The coronavirus outbreak is going to get much, much worse before it gets better.”
Several recent studies suggest that survivors of the coronavirus can come down with a second case after recovering from a first infection.
The ruling elites and their legion of state and local officials are furiously pushing to open schools and universities. However, recent published studies have provided ample evidence that school openings will drive the pandemic towards a second potentially larger wave.
An examination of the historical record demonstrates that infectious diseases like COVID-19 can be eliminated.
Vaccine nationalism is driving the fury to capitalize on being the first nation to produce a viable cure against the coronavirus.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a once in a century event, a trigger event, that has exposed the deep contradictions and terminal decay in the capitalist organization of world resources.
At least 30 school teachers and staff have died from COVID-19 since late July, when schools began to reopen en masse, sending millions back into unsafe classrooms across the US.
Audits conducted within the last month in California, Wisconsin, Florida and Nevada reveal that millions of calls to unemployment agencies have gone unanswered.
More than 2,000 schools in UK hit by COVID-19 outbreaks as thousands of children and staff sent home
Thousands of children are being sent home to self-isolate, in some cases to isolate with vulnerable parents.
Inequality, including in-hospital care, determined whether thousands of people in New York City would die of COVID-19.