When the “Unskilled” Become “Essential”

World War II made the economically impossible suddenly possible. As our capitalist states mobilize for the pandemic, the Left has another golden opportunity for worker empowerment.

Illustration by María Medem

“More of us are dragged into this every day,” a civil servant tells me, white in the face. In Britain alone, tens of thousands of public-sector employees were “requisitioned” in March: put to work on monumental efforts aimed at countering the pandemic. COVID-19’s collision with capitalism has forced such reconfigurations of public sectors the world […]

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