We are a collective of socialists, trade unionists and leftists who oppose lockdown policy on the basis that it doesn’t work, is based on bad science and causes unnecessary harm and deaths to society. The impact of lockdown is most severe on the working class and vulnerable people, including children.

We are committed to the scientific method and evidence-based health policies and medical practice. We thoroughly reject the rise of ‘scientism’, an appeal to the unimpeachable authority of science and scientists who happen to promote the government line, which is used to attack any person criticising lockdown as ‘dangerous’ or a ‘crank’. No one scientific practice, theory or consensus can ever represent absolute truth. All scientific theories, especially those that affect people’s lives to a large extent, should be subject to questioning on the basis of evidence and theory that follows rigorous scientific standards.

As it stands we are a handful of socialists, almost alone on the Left in our rejection of lockdown policy and the slide towards covid-fascism. It would be foolish and pointless for us to construct grand programmes and proclamations of what we think people should do, given the extreme minority we find ourselves in. Therefore, our main priority at this time is to popularise and extend our analysis among socialists and the wider public, and to convince people that lockdown is wrong and that opposition to this sociopathic policy is the correct course of action.

This “new normal” is going to be with us for the foreseeable future, and so a working class, socialist anti-lockdown movement must be built on firm foundations. We hope to contribute to building such a movement, theoretically and practically.

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