A Screen New Deal – Naomi Klein (en)

08/05/2020; published here; For a few fleeting moments during New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s daily coronavirus briefing on Wednesday, the somber grimace that has filled our screens for weeks was briefly replaced by something resembling a smile. “We are ready, we’re all-in,” the governor gushed. “We are New Yorkers, so we’re aggressive about it, we’reLire la suite « A Screen New Deal – Naomi Klein (en) »

Irrational Expectations – Geoff Mann (en)

29/04/2020; published here; However much upheaval the global COVID-19 pandemic has generated, a great deal more is coming. The economic disaster is already the object of frantic analysis, much of which tells us we can expect a bottom that matches or exceeds the Great Depression of the 1930s, at least as measured by conventional economicLire la suite « Irrational Expectations – Geoff Mann (en) »

Crowned Death | On good living and dying in times of Corona – Kilian Jörg (en)

22/04/2020; first published on this page; PreconditionsLet’s start with what (almost) everybody can agree on: death is horrible. It can be regarded as the oldest problem humanity has to deal with: some say that what we[ii] call »the human« has only come into existence by its very realization. By recognizing the horrible gap between one’sLire la suite « Crowned Death | On good living and dying in times of Corona – Kilian Jörg (en) »

Shockwave – Adam Tooze (en)

21/04/2020; first published here; In​ March, as Europe and the US began to apprehend the scale of the Covid-19 pandemic, investors panicked. Financial markets plunged. The rout was so severe that on several occasions in the second and third week of March, normal market functioning was in question. The prices of US Treasuries, the ultimateLire la suite « Shockwave – Adam Tooze (en) »

Stay at Home – Ana Cecilia Alvarez (en)

15/04/2020; first published here; How can you shelter in place if you do not have shelter? A few weeks before the pandemic took over, I started attending regular meetings of my local chapter of the Los Angeles Tenants Union (LATU). The union was founded in 2015 by members of School of Echoes Los Angeles, aLire la suite « Stay at Home – Ana Cecilia Alvarez (en) »

The Universal Right to Breathe – Achille Mbembe (en)

13/04/2020; first published here; voici la version originale en francais; Already some people are talking about “post-Covid-19.” And why should they not? Even if, for most of us, especially those in parts of the world where health care systems have been devastated by years of organized neglect, the worst is yet to come. With noLire la suite « The Universal Right to Breathe – Achille Mbembe (en) »

Governance and Social Conflict in a Time of Pandemic – Cinzia Arruzza and Felice Mometti (en)

09/04/2020; first published here; Striking for life  On Monday March 29th, General Electric factory workers staged a protest against the thousands of layoffs announced by the company’s management, demanding the reconversion of production and asking a simple question: “If GE trusts us to build, maintain, and test engines which go on a variety of aircraftLire la suite « Governance and Social Conflict in a Time of Pandemic – Cinzia Arruzza and Felice Mometti (en) »

The Normal Economy Is Never Coming Back – Adam Tooze (en)

09/04/2020; first published here; s the coronavirus lockdown began, the first impulse was to search for historical analogies—1914, 1929, 1941? As the weeks have ground on, what has come ever more to the fore is the historical novelty of the shock that we are living through. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, America’s economyLire la suite « The Normal Economy Is Never Coming Back – Adam Tooze (en) »

Thoughts Within the Coronising Siege: A Work in Progress – Darko Suvin (en)

08/04/2020; first puslished here; Cheerful people in bad times write pessimistic texts. The pessimists don’t write. Words of a Sage We know only a single science, the science of histo­ry. One can look at history from two sides and divide it into the history of nature and the history of men. The two sides are,Lire la suite « Thoughts Within the Coronising Siege: A Work in Progress – Darko Suvin (en) »

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Body Politic – Melvin Goodman (en)

08/04/2020; first published here; As the international community is consumed by the impact of Covid-19, there are signs of the impact of the pandemic on the body politic. There is change throughout the international community, particularly the decline of the influence and power of the United States; the fragmentation of the European Community; the weakeningLire la suite « The Impact of COVID-19 on the Body Politic – Melvin Goodman (en) »

The Influence of Anxiety – Daniel Smith (en)

07/04/2020; first published here; I am writing this in a state of enormous anxiety—anxiety so great I am having trouble making sentences—but it is hard to know the anxiety’s object. Even now, to my amazement, it is hard to know. I probably shouldn’t even try to set these thoughts to paper. I was asked to,Lire la suite « The Influence of Anxiety – Daniel Smith (en) »

The Tragic Transparency of the Virus – Boaventura de Sousa Santos (en)

06/04/2020; first published here; oday’s cultural, political and ideological debates are imbued with a strange opacity, the result of their remove from the concrete day-to-day experience of the vast majority of people — ordinary citizens, or la gente de a pie, as they say in Latin America. That is especially the case with politics, whichLire la suite « The Tragic Transparency of the Virus – Boaventura de Sousa Santos (en) »

The World We Want – Peter Hallward (en)

04/04/2020; first published on versoblog; Crises are always moments of decisions. They are moments when we must set out what our priorities are, and asks us how we can achieve them. Peter Hallward argues that the present one caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, could provide the immediate conditions for a new way of living. TheLire la suite « The World We Want – Peter Hallward (en) »

Our Neoliberal War on the Pandemic – Albena Azmanova (en)

03/04/2020; first published here; In fighting the pandemic, our societies are deploying the very same policy logic that created our current predicament. Neoliberalism – the policy doctrine that has prevailed in Western democracies since the 1980s has two pillars: (1) individuals are held responsible for a thriving society; (2) governments are held responsible for aLire la suite « Our Neoliberal War on the Pandemic – Albena Azmanova (en) »

Coronavirus and the Contradictions of Capitalism – Erdem Yoruk (en)

03/04/2020; first published here; Coronavirus has revealed yet another contradiction of capitalism: the capitalist tendency to globalize as a solution for the profitability crisis has undermined the capitalist capacity to profit. The virus has exacerbated an already deepening capitalist crisis into a catastrophe and illustrated how vulnerable global capitalism is to any external risk. Globalization,Lire la suite « Coronavirus and the Contradictions of Capitalism – Erdem Yoruk (en) »

Why are we tired all the time – Slavoj Žižek (en)

0204/2020; first published here; una prima versione in italiano si trova qui; The coronavirus epidemic confronts us with two opposed figures that prevail in our daily lives: those who are overworked to exhaustion (medical stuff, caretakers…) and those who have nothing to do since they are forcibly or voluntarily confined to their homes. Belonging toLire la suite « Why are we tired all the time – Slavoj Žižek (en) »

The State, Public Responses, and the Day After the Pandemic – Daniel Chavez (en)

02/04/2020; first published here; version espagnol aqui; The international media coverage and academic analyses have mainly focused on the magnitude of the COVID-19 crisis in the affluent societies of the North, in particular the European countries. The rather biased references to Europe, however, hide profound differences in the ways the crisis is affecting diverse countriesLire la suite « The State, Public Responses, and the Day After the Pandemic – Daniel Chavez (en) »

Everyday Life and Everyday Communication in Coronavirus Capitalism – Christian Fuchs (en)

01/04/2020; first published here; 1.   Introduction The coronavirus-disease (COVID-19) is a highly infectious respiratory disease. Its name stems from the fact that it looks like a crown under the microscope. The virus is highly contagious and has a death rate that is multiple times higher than the one of seasonal flu. Common symptoms include fever,Lire la suite « Everyday Life and Everyday Communication in Coronavirus Capitalism – Christian Fuchs (en) »

“Beyond the Breakdown: Three Meditations on a Possible Aftermath” – Bifo Berardi

31/03/2020; originally published here; All of a sudden, what we have been thinking for the last fifty years has to be rethought from scratch. Thank god (is god a virus?) that we have an abundance of extra time now because the old business is out of business. I’m going to say something about three distinctLire la suite « “Beyond the Breakdown: Three Meditations on a Possible Aftermath” – Bifo Berardi »

States of Emergency, Metaphors of Virus, and COVID-19 – Joseph Owen (en)

31/03/2020; first published on versoblog; With the COVID-19 pandemic increasing in severity by the day, governments across the world have invoked viral metaphors to effect emergency legislation, in the process clamping down on civil liberties. In such a circumstance, what can the work of those who have studied liberal regimes’ propensity to make the stateLire la suite « States of Emergency, Metaphors of Virus, and COVID-19 – Joseph Owen (en) »

« Will we then pretend that everything was just a dream? » – David Graeber (en)

31/03/2020; first published here; Originalversion auf Deutsch hier; Which jobs are bullshit and which are systemically important: We shouldn’t forget that after the Corona crisis, says capitalism critic David Graeber. ZEIT ONLINE: Mr. Graeber, suddenly home office is possible and supermarket cashiers are systemically relevant. Is the Corona crisis turning our working world upside downLire la suite « « Will we then pretend that everything was just a dream? » – David Graeber (en) »

‘We can’t go back to normal’: how will coronavirus change the world? – Peter C, Baker (en)

31/03/2020; first published here; Times of upheaval are always times of radical change. Some believe the pandemic is a once-in-a-generation chance to remake society and build a better future. Others fear it may only make existing injustices worse. Everything feels new, unbelievable, overwhelming. At the same time, it feels as if we’ve walked into anLire la suite « ‘We can’t go back to normal’: how will coronavirus change the world? – Peter C, Baker (en) »

This Is Not the Apocalypse You Were Looking For – Laurie Penny (en)

30/03/2020; first published here; The shock itself is shocking. Shouldn’t we have been more prepared? Hasn’t culture been drenched in catastrophe porn for decades? The bomb. The breakdown. The fallout. The senseless armies of shambling corpses, all the nightmares of dead generations sliding out of our screens. For more than a decade, young and young-ishLire la suite « This Is Not the Apocalypse You Were Looking For – Laurie Penny (en) »

The Rise and Fall of Biopolitics: A Response to Bruno Latour – Joshua Clover

29/03/2020; first published here; a critique of this article of Bruno Latour; How swiftly do genres of the quarantine emerge! Notable among them is the discovery of the relation between the present pandemic and onrushing climate collapse. The driving force of this genre is not holy shit two ways for a lot of people toLire la suite « The Rise and Fall of Biopolitics: A Response to Bruno Latour – Joshua Clover »

About the pandemic situation – Alain Badiou (en)

27/03/2020; version originale ici; Merci à Isabelle Vodoz et Alain Badiou pour partager cet article avec nous; thanks to Alberto Toscano for his english translation; From the start, I thought that the current situation, characterised by a viral pandemic, was not particularly exceptional. From the (viral) pandemic of AIDS, and passing through the avian flu,Lire la suite « About the pandemic situation – Alain Badiou (en) »

Reflections on the Plague – Giorgio Agamben (en)

27/03/2020; first published here; italiano; francais; português; The reflections that follow do not deal with the epidemic itself but with what we can learn from the reactions to it. They are, thus, reflections on the ease with which the whole of society has united in feeling itself afflicted by a plague, has isolated itself inLire la suite « Reflections on the Plague – Giorgio Agamben (en) »

Communovirus – Jean Luc Nancy (en)

27/03/2020; first published here; version francais ici; An Indian friend of mine tells me that back home they talk about the ‘communovirus’. How could we not have thought of that already? It’s so obvious! And what an admirable and complete ambivalence: a virus coming from communism, a virus that communizes us. That is much moreLire la suite « Communovirus – Jean Luc Nancy (en) »

Philosophy in times of crisis – Nuno Venturinha (en)

26/03/2020; first published on this page; In recent weeks we have been confronted with an absolutely exceptional situation. When the first cases of the new coronavirus, baptised SARS-CoV-2, were identified in China at the end of 2019, few expected that it would spread through the world so quickly. The Chinese authorities acted swiftly and imposedLire la suite « Philosophy in times of crisis – Nuno Venturinha (en) »

Pandemic Insolvency – Bue Rübner Hansen (en)

26/03/2020; first published here; Why This Economic Crisis Will Be Different Many states – now including the UK and US – are beginning to act in ways that contradict not just the neoliberal script, but the crisis management strategies of the global financial crisis. Bue Rübner Hansen asks why. Things are moving incredibly fast. A weekLire la suite « Pandemic Insolvency – Bue Rübner Hansen (en) »

The Losers Conspiracy – Paul B. Preciado (en)

26/03/2020; Paul B. Preciado on life after COVID-19; first published here; I GOT SICK IN PARIS on Wednesday, March 11, before the French government ordered the confinement of the population, and when I got up on March 19, a bit more than a week later, the world had changed. When I went to my bed,Lire la suite « The Losers Conspiracy – Paul B. Preciado (en) »

Is This a Dress Rehearsal? – Bruno Latour (en)

26/03/2020; first published here; version originale en francais ici; for a critique of Latour’s text, read this article by Joshua Clover; The unforeseen coincidence between a general confinement and the period of Lent is still quite welcome for those who have been asked, out of solidarity, to do nothing and to remain at a distanceLire la suite « Is This a Dress Rehearsal? – Bruno Latour (en) »

To Quarantine from Quarantine: Rousseau, Robinson Crusoe, and “I” – Catherine Malabou (en)

23/03/2020; first published here; In May of 1743, a vessel from Corfu carrying bodies of dead crew members who had died of a mysterious disease arrived in Messina.  The ship and cargo were burned, but cases of a strange new disease were soon thereafter observed in the hospital and in the poorest parts of theLire la suite « To Quarantine from Quarantine: Rousseau, Robinson Crusoe, and “I” – Catherine Malabou (en) »

Anti-Capitalist Politics in the Time of COVID-19 – David Harvey (en)

20/03/2020; first published here; When trying to interpret, understand, and analyze the daily flow of news, I tend to locate what is happening against the background of two distinctive but intersecting models of how capitalism works. The first level is a mapping of the internal contradictions of the circulation and accumulation of capital as moneyLire la suite « Anti-Capitalist Politics in the Time of COVID-19 – David Harvey (en) »

Against Agamben: Is a Democratic Biopolitics Possible? – Panagiotis Sotiris (en)

March 20, 2020; first publication here; Kurzversion auf Deutsch hier; The coronavirus pandemic has forced us to rethink the politics of health in the broadest sense. In particular, we have had to confront again that vexed relationship between the state, the dominant social relations and public health. Concepts that may have seemed obscure and orLire la suite « Against Agamben: Is a Democratic Biopolitics Possible? – Panagiotis Sotiris (en) »

"Chinese Virus," World Market – Andrew Liu

March 20, 2020; 1. “Wuhan Virus”? The city of Wuhan, China is rich with historical significance, but for much of the world before this year it was hardly a household name. A portmanteau of three historical cities at the mouth of the Yangzi and Han Rivers—Wuchang, Hankou, and Hanyang—Wuhan served as the site of theLire la suite « "Chinese Virus," World Market – Andrew Liu »

Coronavirus and Philosophers (en)

Summary of texts on the pandemic, published here. Michel Foucault From “Discipline and Punish. The Birth of the Prison”, translated by A. Sheridan, pp. 195-228. Vintage Books, 1995. (in collaboration with the Journal “Antinomie”, https://antinomie.it/) The following, according to an order published at the end of the seventeenth century, were the measures to be taken when theLire la suite « Coronavirus and Philosophers (en) »

Capitalism Has its Limits – Judith Butler (en)

19 March 2020; first published here; Judith Butler discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, and its escalating political and social effects in America. f en francais ici; The imperative to isolate coincides with a new recognition of our global interdependence during the new time and space of pandemic. On the one hand, we are asked to sequesterLire la suite « Capitalism Has its Limits – Judith Butler (en) »

Clarifications – Giorgio Agamben (en)

March 17th, 2020; first published here; in italiano; en francais; auf Deutsch; An Italian journalist applied himself, according to the best practice of his profession, to distorting and falsifying my considerations on the ethical confusion into which the epidemic is throwing the country, where there is no longer even any respect for the dead. InLire la suite « Clarifications – Giorgio Agamben (en) »

“Coronavirus Propagations” – Jonas Staal

March 17, 2020; originally published here; A contrast that matters. Former vice president Joe Biden appeals to the public in a pseudo-presidential address in the midst of his 2020 campaign for the presidency against Bernie Sanders, and calls for bipartisanship in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, for the “coronavirus does not have a politicalLire la suite « “Coronavirus Propagations” – Jonas Staal »

Monitor and Punish? Yes, Please! – Slavoj Žižek (en)

March 16, 2020; first published here; Many liberal and Leftist commentators have noted how the coronavirus epidemic serves to justify and legitimize measures of control and regulation of the people that had been till now unthinkable in a Western democratic society. Is the total lockdown of Italy not a totalitarian’s wet dream come true? NoLire la suite « Monitor and Punish? Yes, Please! – Slavoj Žižek (en) »

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