Statement by Revolutionärer Aufbau Schweiz on the COVID 19 pandemic - 19 March 2020
The pandemic as a crisis of capitalism
With the COVID 19 pandemic, capitalism in the economic metropolises is plunging into a new crisis. The virus may not care whether it hits rich or poor people. However, it does happen upon a system which poses this question nonstop: Who has access to health care, who is considered relevant and worthy of protection by the system, and who will be secured (and to what extent) in the approaching crisis. Rarely does the system unmask itself so blatantly as a class society and capitalism so openly as a system in which profits stand above everything.
Even before the virus hit in recent months, capitalism was anything but stable. The system was already crisis-ridden at a global scale. The pandemic is merely accelerating the long-established economic and political tendency towards crisis and war. The virus has fuelled the economic crisis of capital overproduction, the global imperialist and neo-colonial relations of exploitation and power, and the crisis of legitimation of the democratic bourgeois form of rule.
So what we are currently experiencing is a massive intensification of the contradictions of capitalism. Economic and political processes, which previously often took place "behind our backs", are now breaking out with devastating consequences and openly enter the consciousness of many with full force. The health care, economic and political crisis is changing everyone's daily lives. And in this crisis-like change, many people can directly and subjectively experience the destructive power inherent in capitalism.
Such historical situations can drastically change the social balance of power. They can either trigger developments in the direction of socialism or barbarism. A revolutionary left must become part of the solution and try to influence these power relations.
Even though the situation is constantly changing, we want to make a few points.