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.
The emergence of COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean has accelerated – sometimes dramatically – a series of economic and social processes that had long been underway and revealed the result of decades of neoliberal policies. The increasingly authoritarian policies, precariousness of labour, and the current social crisis are among the consequences of the neoliberal model, which puts capital before people.