24/03/2020 by socialistfight
By Ella Downing
Is Johnson not enforcing this partial Lockdown so he can blame individuals as opposed to a government whose cavalier attitude has made a petri dish of London?
People are being told not to go to work unless it is absolutely essential. Essential to who/what? Property developers (construction work deemed essential), the worker to pay their rent, or the very survival of tens of thousands of older and sicker people? The conflicting intrest of the workers and property owning class is becoming stark.
This virus is a fascists wet dream because of the demographic it targets, those more likely to be economically inactive, the DWP of contagions. WHO says that infections are accelerating and at last count 150 counties have cases. John Hopkins are producing some truely terrifying graphs. This continual plea to the individual to act morally exposes the weakness of our current social model where the science dictates we much act as one, communally, in our separate pods, but with common purpose.
I have already noticed, and expect more of, far rightists becoming emboldened. What else is exercising your right to act in a way which results in the death of those weaker than you? Some of these individuals are no doubt merely ignorant of the magnitude of this thing, but others are business men like Mr. Wetherspoon, your man form Sports Direct, all those landlords threatening eviction, private sector social care companies not giving carers PPE, all these people went from capitalists or petty bourgeoisie to fascists over night.
However trade unions and labour are applying huge pressure from the left leading to much of labours manifesto being enacted by the government. And whilst Johnson peppers in military words, his speeches and those of many leading tories are given in Corbyn’s language. The NHS has never been more cherished, shelf stackers are being called key workers, CEOs are recognised as unnecessary. Whilst fascists might be polishing their lugars as a result of this crisis, it has become apparent the global nature of this threat obviously requires an international response, and more locally strong networks at the base. Not very fascist.
So fast moving, so dynamic. The superstructure is all over the place, the foundation needs to hold us together now more than ever and it simply will not if we act individualistically. The many loopholes in this Lockdown and government policy since the genesis of this virus encourages individualism, which has very rapidly become an ideology of death, like fascism.
Watch this space.