A Day of Hope? May Day Statement 2020

On May Day 2020 humanity is faced with several related threats: the Covid-19 pandemic, growing environmental degradation and continuing wars.

HEALTH CRISIS

In an increasingly globalised world infectious diseases spread more widely and quickly than in the past.  Many public health care systems have proved to be inadequate in dealing with this current health emergency.  This is particularly so in Britain where the National Health Service has been submitted to severe cuts.  Record numbers of deaths are piling up in the USA where the lack of proper public health care is all too obvious.

Covid-19 has hit the more developed countries first but is spreading to less developed parts of the world, especially Africa.  These countries, long submitted to imperialist exploitation, are even less well prepared to deal with this plague and will probably suffer higher death rates.

There has been little international co-operation in dealing with this pandemic.  This points to the necessity for us to struggle to bring about a unity between different countries moving along the path of socialism towards full communism.

ECONOMIC CRISIS

The impact of Covid-19 is bringing about a worldwide economic recession which capitalist governments are struggling to deal with.  The cost of their big bail-outs for capitalist firms will, if they have their way, be paid for by reduced  public services and higher taxies for ordinary people. This happened with the financial crash in 2008. 

ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS

The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions brought about by the current economic lockdown points to the need for a radical reorganisation of economic life so as to reduce the rate of planetary warming.  Again the failure of rival capitalist states to achieve international co-operation on effective environmental management shows the need to move beyond a world of capitalist and imperialist rivalry which is devastating the planet.  Only planned socialist economies increasingly working together  can deal with the environmental crisis.

WAR CRISIS

The disease of war afflicts large parts of the world.  This is especially so in the Middle East and Saharan Africa.  Here devastating wars are being waged by local reactionaries who are egged on by rival imperialist and hegemonic powers.  Capitalist arms manufacturers and traders make vast profits out of this carnage.

GET RID OF CAPITALISM

The truth is that in a world dominated by capitalism, disease, exploitation, destruction and death are the norms.  These scourges will only be overcome by means of socialist revolution leading on to communism on a world scale.  Yes, there is hope for the future but only if we engage in the revolutionary struggle necessary to overthrow the diseased system of capitalism under which we live.

DOWN WITH CAPITALISM AND IMPERIALISM!

FORWARD TO SOCIALIST REVOLUTION!

REVOLUTIONARY PRAXIS