International Viewpoint

16 April 2020

This statement was issued by the Executive Bureau of the Fourth International on 16 April 2020.

Alfredo Saad-Filho
Failing austerity

April 17, 2020

Suddenly, we find ourselves in a transformed world. Empty streets, closed shops, unusually clear skies, and climbing death tolls: something unprecedented is unfolding before our eyes.

Vijay Prashad and Manuel Bertoldi

The global pandemic of COVID-19 has spread to almost every country on the planet earth. The virus will take many lives, disrupt communities and institutions, and leave behind trauma and a devastated world economy.

Sam Gindin
Crisis job loss

April 10, 2020

“…so many of the out-of-the way things had happened lately, that Alice has begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible” — Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland. 

Adam Hanieh
Global Pandemic

March 31, 2020

In the face of the COVID-19 tsunami, our lives are changing in ways that were inconceivable just a few short weeks ago. Not since the 2008-09 economic collapse has the world collectively shared an experience of this kind: a single, rapidly-mutating, global crisis, structuring the rhythm of our daily lives within a complex calculus of risk and competing probabilities.

Ben Burgis
Cuban doctors prepare to leave for Italy to provide medical aid. Twitter

Cuba is caricatured by the Right as a totalitarian hellhole. But its response to the coronavirus pandemic — from sending doctors to other countries to pioneering anti-viral treatments to converting factories into mask-making machines — is putting other countries, even rich countries, to shame.

Photo: Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

MARCH 17, 2020

“‘There is a rich man’s tuberculosis and a poor man’s tuberculosis. The rich man recovers and the poor man dies.’ This succinctly expresses the close embrace of economics and pathology.” – Dr. Norman Bethune, 1932


Jon Parsons
Empty store shelves - Photo: Wonderlane

March 19, 2020

The pandemic is teaching us about what really matters — and has been possible all along

Before anything else I want to acknowledge what is unfolding in Canada and around the globe as a human tragedy. Even as this crisis offers an object lesson and has things to teach us, it is important to never lose sight of the scale of calamity in terms of suffering and loss of life.

Shawn Vulliez
Cancel Rent Day - Linh Do

Mar. 20, 2020

We cannot give workers a choice between spreading the virus and missing rent. The consequences could be disastrous.

In Canada, COVID-19 has meant that public events and gatherings are being cancelled. Flights, concerts, and hockey games are getting cancelled across the board. Restaurants and bars are closing. People’s contracts and work hours are being lost.

Why not cancel rent day too?


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