This Sunday, May 1, at 9 p.m. Central European Time, the online gathering of the International Committee of the Fourth International will mark International Labor Day under extraordinary crisis conditions.
The proxy war between the United States and NATO against Russia in Ukraine has pushed the world to the brink of global war and nuclear catastrophe. NATO powers have sabotaged all efforts to reach a negotiated settlement. Biden’s government dramatically escalates the conflict. He has promised to pump tens of billions of dollars worth of weapons into the war and declares his goal to secure a strategic defeat for Russia.
The coronavirus pandemic, now in its third year, has killed 20 million people worldwide. New variables are spreading all over the world, even as capitalist governments declare the end of the pandemic and end all restrictions on economic activities that were supposed to stop its spread. Banks and companies around the world are putting enormous pressure on China to end its “Covid Zero” policy, which would result in the deaths of millions more. The uncontrolled spread of the virus may result in the emergence of new, more lethal variants, which could render vaccines ineffective.
During the coronavirus pandemic, the global ruling elite has made a massive transfer of wealth, accumulating unprecedented sums and pushing billions of people into poverty. Crushing indebted developing economies, the IMF and World Bank are demanding harsh restructuring programs that will cut social spending, deepen hardships and intensify class struggle. Capital markets are highly unstable, commodity prices are rising, and supply chains are collapsing.
The war sanctions imposed on Russia by the American and European imperialist powers are driving hundreds of millions of people to starvation. In the developing world, the loss of food and fertilizer exports from the Eastern European breadbasket means mass starvation looms. In developed countries, rising prices mean that hundreds of millions of people struggle to survive or escape poverty. Rampant inflation has lowered the real wages of billions of workers around the world.
300 million people were expelled from their countries of origin due to imperialist war, poverty, dictatorship and climate change. Those who flee death en route to Europe and North America face brutal repression, detention, criminalization and deportation to these “democratic” countries.
In country after country, powerful sections of the ruling class are turning to fascism and dictatorship to suppress social opposition in the working class. In the United States, Donald Trump remains at large even if it is impossible to deny his involvement in an attempted dictatorial coup. In France, Marine Le Pen received the highest number of votes for a fascist candidate in the country’s history. The growth of the extreme right and the development of the ruling class towards dictatorial forms of power are expressions of an international phenomenon that does not exclude any region.
The same contradictions that lead to war and reaction also show the possibility and necessity of bringing about a revolutionary transformation in society.
All over the world, millions of workers of all races and nationalities are demonstrating, protesting and striking against the intolerable living conditions of capitalism. This growing movement has the power to stop war and remove power from the hands of the financial aristocracy whose continued rule threatens the world with destruction.
In Sri Lanka, Iran, South Africa, Peru, Iraq, Vietnam, Argentina, Sudan, Indonesia, Brazil, Spain, Turkey, Finland and many other countries, movements develop mass protests or strike waves against the rising cost of living that has been out of control by the war in Ukraine and imperialist sanctions. Strike action is now emerging in countries whose governments planned war, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and France.
This growing movement needs political leadership. The Online Labor Day March brings together workers from all over the world to celebrate International Labor Day and discuss a strategy for a revolutionary socialist solution to the crisis of the capitalist system.
We invite all readers World Socialist Web Site Register for this important event and promote it widely on social media and to your co-workers.
Onward to the 1st May 2022 Rally Online!
(The article was first published in English on April 30, 2022)