The COVID-19 pandemic, the international class struggle, and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party


This resolution was adopted unanimously by the membership of the Socialist Equality Party in Britain at its Fifth National Congress, which was held online from October 24–27, 2020. It was amended by the incoming National Committee in consideration of fundamental contemporary developments in the United States.


The congress recognized that the coronavirus pandemic will go down in history as a “trigger event,” not unlike the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in 1914, which sparked World War I. The assassination accelerated inflammable historical processes that had been building up over a protracted period. Today, the COVID-19 pandemic is creating conditions for an immense intensification of the class struggle on a world scale. As the resolution states: “The working class is confronted with a crisis for which there is no progressive solution under capitalism, based on the division of the world into antagonistic nation-states competing for global dominance of markets and resources, and the control of society’s means of production by a financial oligarchy whose obscene wealth depends upon the brutal exploitation of the mass of the population.”

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Weight .08 kg
Dimensions 21 × 15 × .02 cm