The Welsh Internationalist

A New Collective Consciousness

From Planet 246

by Gareth Leaman

In a series that proposes how society could change in response to Covid-19, Gareth Leaman reflects on how the pandemic has exacerbated the exploitative effects of capitalism. He argues how this very experience could galvanise new solidarities as we re-gather, and why the workplace is still the ultimate arena for articulating unified political demands.

Only now, as the crisis phase of the pandemic fades, can we begin to comprehend the full scale of its catastrophe. Aside from the obvious sublime horror of the death toll, particularly devastating has been the way in which it has exacerbated the pre-existing conditions that make life a constant struggle for so many, while also demonstrating the impossibility of alleviating these struggles.

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About the author

Gareth Leaman is a writer from Newport. His work has appeared in Poetry Wales, Tribune, New Socialist and elsewhere.