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The Great Coronavirus Scare of 2020: A Comedy in One Act

[Scene: a typical working-class home in the US in 2025, three years after the US workers socialist revolution establishes the United Socialist States of America – from Canada to Chile]

Grampaaaaa!

Hi sweet pea! How was school today? Learn anything interesting?

Uhhh… ummmm… no. Oh, yeah! Today in history class Mrs. Schofield taught us about the Great Coronavirus Scare of 2020! I’m glad I wasn’t born when that happened. The anniversary of it is today! Were you in the Great Coronavirus Scare, grampa?

Oh yes! Those were awful times! I was just about your age when the Coronavirus hit back in ‘20.

Mrs. Schofield said the whole city of Chicago was shut down for almost a month!

The whole COUNTRY was shut down for almost a month! It was terrible! People were out of work, everything shut down. Couldn’t even go out for a cup of coffee or to a restaurant for breakfast. Folks started hoarding toilet paper…

Ha ha ha! That was funny! Boy people sure were stupid back then weren’t they? No one would do that today!

Watch it there, girl! I was alive back then and so was your grandma, and Uncle John and Aunt Mary! WE weren’t ALL stupid as that!

You and Uncle John and Aunt Mary didn’t hoard toilet paper, did you, Grampa?

[Long pause.]

No! Of course we didn’t! But lots of other people did! And they weren’t all stupid! They hoarded water, too. And frozen waffles!

Frozen waffles! Hahahahahahahahaaaaa! That’s stupid!

[Long pause]

That’s not a nice thing to say! That was way back before the Revolution when 75% of the country still believed in angels! We weren’t stupid, we were just ignorant back then. Heck, that was even before we figured out that we could have more than two political parties at a time! We were still stuck voting for the Republicans, then the Democrats, then the Republicans again… heh heh! [Shakes his head sadly]

I’m glad I didn’t live way back then. It must have been terrible! So grampa, how did the Coronavirus Scare finally end?

Well most everyone was scared to death of the virus. All the newspapers back then could print all the lies they could fit on a webpage. There were rumors that 2 million people would die in the USA alone…

TWO MILLION PEOPLE? But grampa, only 25 thousand died in the whole WORLD! And they were mostly really old and really sick before they got the virus! Mrs. Schofield said everyone was sick all the time back then… before we even had Medicare for everyone!

Yes but we didn’t get Medicare for All until after the Revolution. You asked how the Coronavirus Scare ended. That was way before the Revolution.

Oh yeah, right. So how did it end?

Well, we were all so confused by the lies that were being told by the politicians and this gang of thick-headed health-care “experts” scaring us with the idea that if we didn’t shut down the whole world economy we’d lose 500,000 or even 2 million people! They had us running around like chickens with our heads cut off!

So then what happened?

Well the President had just gone on TV to tell us that we were all going to have to stay out of work for as much as four months, and that the unemployment rate was going to be higher than in the Great Depression, and the doctor who was the head of the Centers for Disease Control came on and said if we didn’t all stay in our homes for the next three months straight, two million of us were gonna die!

No way!

Yes, that’s what they told us! And the news kept on telling us every day how many people had died the past 24 hours and the numbers kept on getting higher and higher every day…

But that wasn’t true!

But we didn’t know that at the time, honey! We still trusted the old government! We believed what they told us and didn’t question anything back then. Well, most of us didn’t…

So how did it end then?

Well the news kept saying that hundreds of people were dying in every state and on and on… but then some folks on social media noticed…

You mean on Twitter, don’t you grampa?

Yes on Twitter and some of the others that aren’t around anymore. They noticed that the funeral home parking lots were empty all over the place! If there were all these people dying, why were the funeral homes not running 24 hours a day? So they started asking questions…

Mrs. Schofield said they started to pay attention to the… base fatality rate I think?

Case fatality rates. Yes. We’d just been listening to the “experts” all the time and we hadn’t even tried to question their scary stories. We were so scared that we just believed them and did what they told us to do! But once we started asking questions their whole story started to unravel. Turned out they had been full of beans the whole time! They scared the country so bad the economy was shut down for three weeks and it started a recession that lasted 3 years! And until the debts were repudiated ten years later – at the time of the Revolution – we were still paying them loans off to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars a year!

Then what happened grampa?

Well the word started getting around that the politicians in both parties had been telling us a bunch of nonsense the whole time, and at first a few people started breaking the quarantines and then more and more and then the whole world rose up and told all the politicians to go to Hell!

That was the beginning of the Revolution! I wish I could have been there that day! That must have been fun!

It was fun at first. But then folks got so carried away with themselves that they took their guns out and started shooting them in the air in celebration…

Oh no! What happened?

Well, they killed more people in just a few hours that night than the coronavirus and the flu combined killed that entire year. Killed even more people than died in the Revolution, as it turned out. It was a mess…

That was stupid! You didn’t shoot anyone that night did you grampa?

[Long pause]

No… no… I don’t think so. [Pause] Well, I told you we were ignorant back then! We didn’t know any better! But we finally woke up and a bunch of folks formed some revolutionary socialist workers parties and we ended up kicking all those worthless old capitalist parties to the curb. But that’s an even longer story and it’s time for dinner pretty soon…

That’s when comrades Britney Spears and Russell Brand joined forces and led the Revolution to victory, right, Grampa?

Who told you that?

Mrs. Schofield!

Well that’s the craziest thing I ever… it wasn’t like that at all! Your teacher must be a DemSocialist!

No, she’s with Socialist Alternative… I think. Or maybe Worker’s World. [Looks at the newspaper on the coffee table.]  Grampa… what does “Ip Chee” mean?

IWPCHI? That’s the party that really led the Revolution! Your grandma and I joined back in ‘21. Well, like I said, it’s a long story. I’ll tell you about all that after dinner! We’re having microwave waffles and bottled water and tater tots in celebration of The Day of the Great Awakening!

I love tater tots! Will we have lots of fried baloney too?

It’s The Day of the Great Awakening! Of course there’ll be lots of fried bologna!

And Corn Dogs? Hot Pockets, too? Frozen pizza and Ramen noodles?

Ha ha ha! All you can eat! Last one to the dining room is a rotten old Democrat!

[They run to the dining room, laughing. The End.]

Capitalists Gone Wild: The Great Coronavirus Scare & Global Economic Panic of 2020

World Health Organization Situation Report #52    (12 Mar 2020): 4613 deaths in the ENTIRE WORLD and the capitalist political and economic systems implode. The capitalist system is a house of cards.

 

COVID-19 flu epidemic causes global capitalist economic system collapse: US Markets, 5-day losses as of end of day on 12 Mar 2020. Source: MarketWatch

Since the 1840s the revolutionary socialist workers movement has been organizing workers to overthrow the capitalist class and their insane, anarchic capitalist economic system. Contrary to all our expectations, the very first workers revolutions in history occurred not in the advanced capitalist nation-states where workers had the benefit of a much higher level of education, but in the most backward nation-states, where 80% or more of the population was semi- or completely illiterate. Education, it seems, makes workers incapable of comprehending the very real dangers of allowing the money-mad capitalists to continue to run our countries and the world. In the USA, where workers have enjoyed one of the highest levels of education in the world since the creation of public school systems during the Reconstruction period after the US Civil War, the workers’ education seems to have worked against the widespread working-class acquisition of socialist ideals. The siren song of the capitalist class, sweetly singing the praises of a capitalist system that is supposed to bring prosperity to all willing to work hard enough for it – despite the MASSIVE evidence to the contrary – has lulled US workers into a state of happy servitude to the capitalist class. Not only has the US working class allowed the rich to run the USA from Day One, the workers of the USA have not seen fit to create a workers party of their own, a party based upon the socialist idea that, one day, the working class, which creates ALL the wealth in society, would take its rightful place as the ruling class of the USA and of the world. “Too much trouble!” the workers seem to have decided. “We’re just workers, the descendants of slaves and peasants! We’re too dumb to run the country! We’re not raised to be leaders, we’re raised to be workers. Let the rightful rulers – the capitalists rule. They’ll do a better job than we can.”

COVID-19 flu epidemic causes global capitalist system to go sideways. Asian markets 5-day losses as of end of day 12 Mar 2020. Source: MarketWatch

In only a handful of nations did the workers rise up and throw off their chains of capitalist wage-slavery: first, in Russia in 1917; then in China in 1949. In both of those countries the workers overthrew the capitalists and took power into their own hands and boldly strode forward to create the very first governments that were NOT run by capitalist greedheads solely for the benefit of the rich. After very difficult beginnings the new governments eventually stabilized and formed not just two stable governments but two brand-new superpowers where once there were the most backward governments on Earth. The workers, led by revolutionary socialist political parties, proved that socialism not only can work, but that it can work better for the workers and peasants than capitalism ever could. We’re told a bunch of lies by the capitalists that “socialism never worked” but in fact, as anyone can see from reading a history book, not only did socialism “work” but it kicked capitalism’s ass. The USSR was a global superpower that, right up until its own leaders decided to betray the revolution in the 1980s, was expected to surpass the western European nations in living standards by the end of the 1990s. In China, the introduction of limited capitalist reforms subordinated to socialist planning has turned that socialist country into the most stable and powerful economy in the world. China is expected by most economists to pass the USA as the world’s number one economic power within the next five years. Socialism Works!

The so-called “socialist” capitalist nations of Europe all lost their heads as well over the COVID-19 flu epidemic. European markets 5-day losses as of end of day 12 Mar 2020. Source: MarketWatch

We are now experiencing a powerful proof that the socialist system is superior in almost every way to the capitalist system in the 2020 Coronavirus epidemic in China. A new and highly contagious flu virus unusually mild for very young people and unusually dangerous for those over 60, the Chinese Communist Party’s response to its appearance gave every appearance of a scientific and rational response to a new and unknown highly contagious disease. After some initial missteps by the CPC bureaucrats in the areas that were first affected by thei COVID-19 virus, the socialist planning of a large-scale nationwide response swung into action very effectively. The situation was calmly explained to the workers of China: this was a potentially dangerous virus that would require a strong collective effort to prevent from becoming a flu outbreak with a very high mortality rate. Everyone would have to work together as a team: government, health professionals, and workers in order to save as many lives as possible and to reduce the number of cases that would be spread all over the nation and the world.

Socialist China’s Communist Party had two temporary hospitals constructed in just two weeks to handle the massive numbers of COVID-19 coronavirus patients. This shows the initial construction stage of Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan, China. Capitalism can’t do this. Socialism Works! Source: People’s Daily (China)

A comprehensive quarantine protocol was established that enabled the health care professionals, once a confirmed case of COVID-19 was confirmed, to rapidly discover who had come into contact with that person and to extend the quarantine to them as well. By tracing all the contacts the infected patient had while coming down with the illness, the rapid spread of the virus was contained and the sickest patients were placed in intensive care units.

As the health care system of socialist China was about to be overwhelmed with patients, taking up all the intensive care units in the region where the disease first occurred, the Communist Party did something we have never seen and will never see under capitalism: they began the construction of two huge temporary hospitals to handle the massive overflow of patients; they also commandeered ice rinks and stadiums, any large building that could be easily converted into a workable quarantine hospital and turned them INTO temporary health care facilities capable of sequestering, treating and feeding thousands of people who had come into contact with COVID-19 patients. Then, when that was proving to not be enough, they shut down the entire affected regional economy of 58 million people – similar in scale to the entire population of the major US cities of the East Coast – had everyone take an extended leave of absence from work and school, and ordered them to stay at home until the spread of the virus was checked. Transportation systems were closed down; all regional travel was banned. Citizens were allowed to leave their homes once a day to pick up food and medicines for their families, and for the elderly, food and medicine deliveries were organized. The entire nation was quickly mobilized to do all that could be done to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to save as many lives as possible. And it worked. The numbers of illnesses and deaths outside of the originally affected area were severely reduced and deaths in most regions were limited to a handful. It was a brilliant example of how a socialist society can effectively and rationally and calmly respond to a major natural disaster. There was no panic, and no worries because of course under socialism, where jobs, food, clothing, housing and health care and education are all inalienable rights, no one would go hungry or lose their job or get evicted for taking all that time off. Schools simply closed down and moved their classes online. It was a model of rationality… compared to what we were to experience as this virus moved on to the capitalist world!

The US capitalist class brags about its supposedly “superior” version of capitalism. In fact, for US workers it is a nightmare. 27 million US workers have NO health insurance; tens of millions who are insured can’t afford astronomical premiums and co-pays.

The contrast between rational science-based socialist planning and anarchic “look out for #1” capitalist chaos was starkly exposed as the illness was transported from planned, socialist China to the unplanned capitalist world. And it was particularly stark in precisely those capitalist nation-states that never stop bragging about how far SUPERIOR their styles of capitalism are to the socialist system! In both Europe and the USA, the UTTER LACK OF PLANNING immediately spread chaos and confusion everywhere – and within just a couple of weeks led to the breakdown of the entire global capitalist economic system! The stock markets of the capitalist world, driven to a frenzy by the spreading of all kinds of rumors and lies about the “deadliness” of the virus, crashed day after day, turning what in China had been a mere pause in production into one of the worst economic collapses since the Great Depression – and this chaos is ongoing as I write this. And of all the governments that have lost their heads most completely, the US Government is far and away the MOST chaotic and driven to insanity. Every hour brings another piece of bad news: not enough face masks; not enough virus testing kits; it’s taking too long to run the tests; the schools will be closed; no they’ll stay open; should the subways be shut down? In some places they will be, in others, no; travel from the UK to the US will be allowed but not to any other European country; yet travel from state to state in the US continues… TOTAL CHAOS.

Number of weeks of paid sick leave for workers, by country. The USA is the ONLY industrialized nation without mandated paid sick days.  Source: People’s Daily (China)

The truth is that this COVID-19 virus is only marginally worse than a typical flu virus. There is absolutely NO JUSTIFICATION for the frenzied response to this illness, which something like 97% of the people who get it will survive it. There have been 20,000 DEATHS FROM “COMMON FLU” in the US this year – five times more than the GLOBAL deaths so far from COVID-19 – and yet it is the mere 4,000 world-wide COVID deaths that have caused the global economy to collapse! It’s going to put a tremendous strain on the capitalist world’s vastly under-equipped health care systems, and that SHOULD have been about all! But in the madhouse of capitalism, where a Rube Goldberg economic system built for 18th century conditions must attempt to cope with 21st century conditions, all it takes is a HIGHLY PREDICTABLE flu epidemic to completely send society and the economy into a death spiral! Only under the antiquated, Mickey-Mouse, unplanned and unscientific, inherently unstable capitalist system could a lousy flu epidemic lead to the total collapse of the global economy! Capitalism truly does SUCK!

Hospital beds per capita, by country. US capitalist class says “we don’t need socialized medicine”; workers are the ones who suffer. Source: People’s Daily (China)

We are neither amused by this sad spectacle nor surprised by it. We socialists have been warning the working class since the 1840s about the dangers of allowing capitalist greedheads – who care only about stuffing their pockets with profits stolen from workers – to run our countries. Look at them run around like chickens with their heads cut off! These people don’t care at all about running the nation; they are only interested in plundering the nation! They went to Washington not to show off their skills at rational planning and natural disaster response but to STUFF THEIR POCKETS WITH MONEY! *OUR MONEY*! They haven’t got a clue how to do anything else! The Republican Trump Administration – like the Democratic Obama Administration before it – is full of Wall St. SWINDLERS whose only reason for wanting to get elected to public office was because that was the ONLY WAY for them to get their greedy paws on ALL THAT TAX MONEY! “Public Service(TM)” to these greedheads is nothing more than an opportunity – not to “drain the swamp” (as Trump pretended during his 2016 campaign) but to DRAIN YOUR TAX DOLLARS INTO THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS!

Percentage of aggregate wealth by wealth percentile, USA. 50% of US workers do not own ANY appreciable wealth. Top 10% owns 75% of national wealth. The US capitalist class calls this a “democracy”! Did you vote for this distribution of wealth? Source: US Federal Reserve Board

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE WORKERS LET THE CAPITALISTS RUN THE GOVERNMENT!

And since we US workers do not have OUR OWN POLITICAL PARTY TO REPRESENT US we do not have even ONE REPRESENTATIVE IN WASHINGTON OR IN ANY STATE HOUSE IN THE USA to take control of this situation before people start dying! We – the working-class SUPER-MAJORITY – the creators of all the wealth in this world – are forced to just stand by and watch these incompetent greedheads create more and more social and economic chaos, causing workers lives to be lost and our families’ futures RUINED in the collapse of the nation’s economy!

THIS IS THE PRICE WORKERS PAY FOR ‘NOT GIVING A SHIT’ ABOUT TAKING CONTROL OVER OUR OWN FUTURES and instead “let the rich people run the show”!

WORKERS: WHEN WILL YOU FINALLY WAKE UP AND TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR OWN LIVES?

Our childrens’ and grandchildrens’ future is far too valuable to be left in the hands of the money-lusting capitalist class that only sees them as the exploitable wage-and-debt-slave labor of the future!

It’s time to DUMP THE REPUBLICRATS AND BUILD A REVOLUTIONARY SOCIALIST WORKERS PARTY and take control of our future and the future of our children and grandchildren!

—IWPCHI