Class Struggle from Above and from Below during the COVID-19 pandemic

Crises under capitalism, as historical analysis proves, tend to entail a transfer of wealth from the poor to the wealthy. Inequalities between poor and wealthy, between people of color and white people, between North and South and between genders are increasing. Most scholars will agree that this is also happening on a global level as a consequence of the handling of the covid-19 pandemic. However, there is a lot of disagreement regarding the evaluation of workers’ resistance. Some observe a global increase in workers’ struggles since the pandemic took hold in March 2020, some deny it, and others, maybe most, pay little attention to workers’ struggles. The differing points of view also go back to diverging positions on the importance of class, labor and workers’ organization. This article outlines the dimensions of the class war from above, provides an initial overview and systematization of the workers’ struggles, discusses the transformative power of workers’ struggles and presents a preliminary evaluation.

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