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The COVD-19 pandemic and the attendant economic crisis raise big-picture 
questions of great importance to socialists. Disasters, natural, human-made or 
a combination of both, such as wars, famines, economic depressions and 
epidemics, often trigger great political and social crises affecting all areas 
of life. This brief article offers reflections on the ways that crises have 
raised the question of the relationship between self-organization and socialism.

Sudden crises lay bare the great contradictions of class society and create 
both the necessity and the opportunity for the self-organization of daily life. 
More rarely, they lay the groundwork for revolutionary situations in which the 
question of Who rules society? is posed.
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