The state response to the coronavirus has elucidated and deepened a gulf opened between the capitalist states and the socialist states. While the socialist approach highlights science, public-sector responsibility, public action, and a strong ethos of internationalism, the capitalist response has instead denied the gravity of the problem, ignored and mocked science, and allowed the private sector to profit at the expense of public health. In this report, we look at Cuba, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Kerala (India) to investigate how these socialist parts of the world have been able to handle the virus more effectively.

Working Documents

In the Ruins of the Present

In the Ruins of the Present traces the challenges posed by globalization and what these challenges produce for our society. The first attempt to address the problems of globalization was neo-liberalism.
Briefings

Ten Canadian Mining Companies: Financial Details and Violations

Raw minerals are needed for everyday life, but when that life is also the cost of our infrastructural needs it is time to start asking questions.

Studies

China and CoronaShock

This is the first in a multiple part series of studies on CoronaShock.
Studies

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This interview with Pavel Égüez – a Latin American painter and muralist – discusses the situation in Ecuador and his new series of paintings, Cuarantena (‘Quarantine’). He calls on artists to reflect and participate in the struggles of the people – because it is social and political movements that provide the ‘thesis of the future’. He shares with us what it means to not only stay alive in these times, but to stay human.
This volume, produced by six publishing houses in six languages, collects three of Mariátegui’s texts along with an introduction by the Brazilian Marxist intellectual Florestan Fernandes (1920-1995) and a preface by the collective from the Escuela José Carlos Mariátegui (Argentina).
In dossier no. 29, we argue against the return to normal – specifically in the healthcare systems of the bourgeois order. In part 1, we go over what the pandemic has shown us about the healthcare system; in part 2, we attend to the voices of leaders of healthcare workers; and in Part 3, we lay out an agenda for a new healthcare compact based on the demands of healthcare workers, their unions, and their movements.
This Red Alert is a primer to explain essential facts about the virus and antidotes, produced in consultation with a range of scientists and engineers.
We sat down with Li Zhong (李钟) at a small open-air tea house run by a friend of a friend; Zhong is a painter of the Shanghai Academy of Painting and Calligraphy and president of the Fengxian District Artist Association.
For CoronaShock: The Virus and the World, we invited artists and militants from around the world to contribute visual reflections made in quarantine to the CoronaShock Sketchbook.